The Writers Guild of Canada represents more than 2,000 professional writers working in film, television, radio and new media production in Canada.
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Fair Pay & Benefits
The WGC helps ensure screenwriters are paid fairly for the work they do by negotiating, administering and enforcing collective agreements with independent producers and broadcasters.
These agreements set out the terms and conditions for work in all English-language production in Canada, including minimum fees and distribution payments. The WGC also pursues payments and resolves disputes on writing credits on behalf of its members.
The WGC offers its members access – through the Actra Fraternal Benefit Society – to insurance and retirement benefits rarely obtainable by Canadian artists. Terms in our collective agreements also require producers and broadcasters to contribute to members’ insurance plans and RRSPs.
The WGC is a dedicated advocate for the profession of screenwriting in Canada. Through our appearances at the CRTC and in our work with government and industry partners, the WGC advocates for policies and programs that support opportunities for Canadian creators.
The WGC is the vocal champion of Canadian drama. We consult, lobby and present to ensure that Canadian writers have a place of primacy in the Canadian broadcasting system, and in film and digital media. Canadian audiences want to be able to choose Canadian programs, and only Canadian writers have the voice, vision and experience to tell Canadian stories.
The WGC is a hub for professional screenwriters in Canada, bringing them together as a community to share ideas, address critical issues, and improve working conditions, and effect change in the profession. Screenwriters can join the WGC as soon as they sign a writing contract under one of our collective agreements.
The WGC works with other screenwriter organizations around the world and is a member of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds (IAWG). The IAWG has established agreements making it easier to join sister guilds and work in other jurisdictions.
The WGC also maintains the Directory of Members, an easily accessible and popular resource for producers, broadcasters and more in search of screenwriters.
The WGC promotes Canadian screenwriters by celebrating publicly our members’ creative achievements at the annual WGC Canadian Screenwriting Awards. The WGC also publishes Canadian Screenwriter magazine – a national retail magazine dedicated to profiling the screenwriting craft and craftspeople behind great Canadian projects.
The WGC offers an online, by mail and in-person Intellectual Property Registration Service to members and non-members. This service helps establish the identity and date of completion of a full range of literary materials, including film, television and radio scripts, book manuscripts, and more.
The WGC also founded the Canadian Screenwriters Collection Society (CSCS) which collects and distributes foreign authors’ levies owed to screenwriters under the national copyright legislation of certain countries. WGC members can join at no additional cost. The CSCS currently has agreements with a number of countries, including France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland.
How much is membership?
Check with our Member Services Department for certain incentives and promotions. Typically, the initiation fee is $350 and annual dues are $150. Members only pay working dues of two per cent on each writing fee received, compared with five per cent for non-members working in the WGC’s jurisdiction.
How do I sign up?
Screenwriters can join the WGC as soon as they sign a writing contract under one of our collective agreements. Information on how you can join and a downloadable application form can be found at Joining Us.
Need more information?
Our Member Services Department will be happy to provide you with any additional information you require.