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 Applauds Government for Rejecting CRTC Decision

The WGC is extremely pleased to announce that Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly and the federal cabinet have sent back the flawed CRTC decision of May (reducing spending on Canadian programming) for reconsideration. WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker, speaking to the Globe and Mail about the decision, notes that it's "a very definitive signal to the entire broadcasting community – including the internet service providers – that creators are important to the system. Canadian screenwriters, directors, actors, producers, we’re important to the growth and the health of our industry. Obviously we’re facing many new challenges. … Our broadcasters are going to have to be creative and competitive. Undermining their talent pool, that’s not the answer.”

Read the government's statement about the decision here and the WGC press release here.

WGC Responds to Broadcasters' Open Letter on Cabinet Petition

The WGC issued a press release today in response to an open letter in the Hill Times yesterday from broadcaster groups Bell Media, Corus Entertainment and Rogers Media.  In the open letter broadcasters want a recent CRTC decision to slash spending requirements on programs of national interest to stand.  Read our press release here.

Open Letter to Minister Joly

The Writers Guild of Canada joins industry partners in an open letter asking Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly to refer back or set aside the CRTC decisions of May reducing spending on Canadian programming. This programming includes drama, documentaries, children's programs and more, programming that reflects Canada to audiences at home and around the world. You can read the letter to Minister Joly here

Canadian Culture, Creators, and the CRTC

"The real issue is the future of Canadian culture. In a nutshell: do Canadians want to create our own, screen-based culture, arguably the most influential global cultural medium today? Or are we willing to be swallowed in one super-sized gulp by the U.S.?" Read the rest of the Huffington Post blog post by WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker here.

WGC Members Meet With MPs re: CRTC

WGC members have been busy meeting with their MPS to discuss the damaging CRTC decision, and talk about the important contribution Canadian screenwriters make to Canadian culture. Yesterday the WGC was very pleased to accompany Liberal MP Julie Dabrusin, who sponsored the House of Commons petition regarding the negative CRTC decision, to the Kim's Convenience writers' room and set. A big thanks to Ms. Dabrusin and all of our members who so graciously gave of their time and energy. 
Photo (left to right): Neal McDougall, Kurt Smeaton, Matt Kippen, Nadiya Chettiar, Julie Dabrusin, Kevin White, Ins Choi, Amelia Haller, Anita Kapila, Carly Stone.

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AUGUST 31, 2017
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AUGUST 31, 2017

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