Working for Canadian Screenwriters: The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) represents more than 2,200 professional English-language screenwriters in Canada. These are the creators who write the distinctly Canadian entertainment we enjoy on all screens.

CRTC's "Future of Programming in Canada"

In October the CRTC called for comments on "the future of audio and video programming in Canada." The WGC responded with an in depth submission, which you can view on the WGC website here. Some members made individual comments at the CRTC’s website as well, viewable here. The CRTC’s call for comments was a result of Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly’s "Creative Canada" announcement in September, which included the government’s intention to review the Broadcasting Act and Telecommunications Act. The government asked that the CRTC report on how the broadcasting system is evolving, and as part of that process the CRTC asked for comments from Canadians.

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When Should Members Call the Guild re: Contracting?

Some members don’t realize the WGC staff is here to help with issues you may have with your contract or payment. Here’s a handy list of times when you should be talking to the WGC’s agreement administration department.

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WGC Harassment Policy

The Writers Guild of Canada does not tolerate harassment of our members. It’s more than sexual harassment alone — harassment includes discrimination, bullying, or violence. In order to formalize the Guild’s position, the WGC council has officially adopted the following procedural policy should an instance of harassment occur. If you, as a WGC member, have experienced harassment we want you to feel welcome to come to us, knowing that your Guild will listen, take your concerns very seriously, and guarantee confidentiality. 

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WGC Writer's Room at Kidscreen 2018

The Writers Guild of Canada is pleased to host the WGC Writers' Room at Kidscreen 2018. For more information about the WGC Writers' Room, please have a look here. If you have any questions, email Aaron Unrau,


Special Awards Nominations Open

On April 30, 2018, the Writers Guild of Canada will hold its 22nd annual national awards evening honouring excellence in screenwriting. Nominations are now open for the special awards. This year there are three special awards accepting nominations: the WGC Showrunner Award, the Sondra Kelly Award, and the Alex Barris Mentorship Award. Please see the awards nomination page for links to eligibilty information and nomination forms. 

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Canadian Screenwriter fall 2017 is on newsstands now. View excerpts, and subscribe here.

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