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.


Members: How to Get Involved re: CRTC

The CRTC’s recent cuts to the minimum financial contributions that private broadcasters make to drama, comedy, kids and other TV programming could severely reduce jobs for screenwriters, and have a negative impact on Canadian audiences and Canadian culture. We’re fighting hard to turn this around on a number of fronts, but we also need members on the front lines. You'll find the info you need under the "Policy Issues" menu tab on the WGC website. Just login to the WGC website to view. If you have forgotten your login info, please contact d.thurairajah@wgc.ca, or j.ruzic@wgc.ca, or t.mark@wgc.ca

House of Commons Petition re: CRTC Decision

The electronic petition to the Minister of Canadian Heritage voicing concern about the recent CRTC decision re: licence renewals for Bell, Corus, and Rogers has over 5,000 signatures at time of writing. We hope that members and anyone concerned about the future of Canadian on-screen storytelling will sign the petition. Please continue reading for more details.

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Come to Important WGC Meetings

Members, please come to one of the following important member meetings if at all possible: Montreal (June 7), Toronto (June 14), and Vancouver (June 21). Email e.ingold@wgc or logon to the website with your user name and password to get full details. The Guild will share vital information at these meetings, and it's also a great way for members to catch up with fellow screenwriters and WGC staff over drinks and snacks. 


WGC Meets with Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly

The Writers Guild of Canada was very pleased to meet with the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, to talk about significant issues faced by Canadian screenwriters and audiences everywhere who enjoy Canadian content. Talented screenwriters Cynthia Knight (Mohawk Girls), Jacob Tierney (Letterkenny), WGC President Jill Golick (Ruby Skye P.I.), Executive Director Maureen Parker, and Director of Policy Neal McDougall, joined Minister Joly and staff in Ottawa on Thursday. It was rewarding to have screenwriters — the creators whose work kick-starts the entire Canadian TV and film industry — meet with Minister Joly firsthand.

CRTC Decision Spells Potential Disaster

Yesterday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) dealt a major blow to Canadian screenwriters — and Canadian audiences. In its decision on licence renewals for Bell, Corus, and Rogers, the Commission rolled back the broadcasters’ minimum financial contributions to Canadian drama and other programing. 
 
“This could mean the devastation of Canadian domestic production,” says Maureen Parker, Executive Director of the WGC. “These cuts potentially amount to over a $200 million loss for PNI over a five-year licence term. Canadian screenwriters only work on domestic productions, not on American shows filming in Canada, and if there is not enough work for them they will simply leave. Once our talent pool is gone you can’t get it back.”
 
View the whole press release here. Members wishing to find out more about the CRTC decision, please login to the website with your user name and password.
 

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