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.


WGC Screenwriting Awards Call for Entries

The WGC Screenwriting Awards honouring excellence in screenwriting take place on April 29, 2019 at Koerner Hall in Toronto. Members, awards nominations open on Monday, Oct. 15 and run until Sunday, Dec. 2 at 11:59 p.m. As of Oct. 15 you'll find full details and nomination forms by logging in here. Please keep reading to view this year's awards categories.

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Producers and Payroll Companies re: Canada Post

This is a reminder to producers and payroll companies that in the event of a labour disruption at Canada Post please be aware that the timelines for payments to writers, story editors and story consultants as set out in the WGC IPA will not change. Payments will continue to be due within 30 days of receipt of material for shows that are not greenlit, and within 15 days for shows that are greenlit, or in production.

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Broadcasting and Telecommunications Panel Launches Consultations

The Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review panel has launched its consultation process with the release of Responding to the New Environment: A Call for Comments. This panel was announced last June as part of the “Canadian Content in a Digital World” process, which began in 2016 under former Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly. The WGC made extensive comments in that consultation, and commented again in the CRTC consultation that followed, which resulted in a CRTC report on the future of programming distribution in Canada

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The WGC Congratulates Liberal Government re: USMCA

The WGC congratulates Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland on reaching the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), an agreement that notably ensures the cultural exemption is maintained, safeguarding Canada’s cultural sovereignty. As the organization that negotiates on behalf of Canadian creators of drama, comedy, children’s series etc., the WGC appreciates how difficult bargaining can be. The Canadian team, under Ms. Freeland, was impressive, both tough and realistic. The WGC thanks the Liberal government on behalf of our 2,200 members, Canada's professional English-language screenwriters.
 
 

Register Now for CMF Consultations

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) embarks on a cross-country consultation in September, visiting 18 cities. It's an opportunity for screenwriters to provide feedback that may help shape CMF policy and programs for 2018-19 and beyond -- more important than ever in light of the recently-launched review of the Telecommunications and Broadcasting Acts. Schedule details and registration information is available here

More Current News

Canadian Screenwriter summer 2018 is on newsstands now. View excerpts, and subscribe here.

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