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.

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

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.

Broadcaster Muddies the Waters

"Creative groups appeal CRTC funding ruling to cabinet," reads the headline of a recent Globe and Mail article. It's a response to the Cabinet appeals that the WGC and other industry groups filed last week. (View the WGC's Cabinet appeal here.)  In it Barbara Williams, CEO of Corus Entertainment, stated that there were "a number of misperceptions around the [CRTC ruling] including the concern that the changes will negatively impact the production sector.” According to the Globe, Williams went on to say that as a result of the decision broadcasters are actually required to spend more money on Canadian content overall, from PNI to national news programming. 

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Simon Racioppa Joins WGC Council

A warm welcome to Simon Racioppa, who has joined the WGC council. Simon is a multiple award-winning screenwriter, and the co-creator of Spliced! as well as co-founder, with Richard Elliott, of Reptile FilmsSimon also sits on the Canadian Screenwriter magazine editorial committee, and has volunteered his time to the WGC in numerous other ways. Find out more about Simon at his website, and also by watching the WGC's animated video set to Simon's own words describing how he became a Canadian screenwriter. 

WGC Asks Government to Reject CRTC Decisions

The Writers Guild of Canada has filed an appeal to Cabinet about the recent, potentially disastrous CRTC broadcasting decisions 2017-149 and 150. The decisions have created deep concern in the Canadian screenwriting community for good reason: they slash private broadcaster funding to Canadian programs by 40% and could lead to over $200 million in reduced broadcaster spending on Canadian shows over a five-year licence term. 

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