I hereby make application for membership in the Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) and, if accepted, I agree to be bound by and observe the Constitution and By-Laws, Rules, Regulations, Codes, Schedules and Agreements of the WGC in effect, or as they may be amended from time to time.
I understand that I may be required to present documentary proof supporting any information set out above. I understand further that should any information set out above prove to be false, the WGC may refuse to grant me membership or may revoke my membership.
I hereby designate the WGC as my exclusive bargaining agent for collective bargaining purposes for minimum terms and conditions in any and all matters relating to my engagement and/or employment as a writer in radio or television broadcasting, motion picture production, recording of any kind, or any other writing within the jurisdiction of the WGC.
If my application for membership is accepted, I agree to be enrolled in such Insurance and Retirement Plans in which the WGC may participate from time to time. I hereby appoint the WGC as my agent with respect to the establishment of such Insurance and Retirement Plans, and agree to be bound by any amendments to such Plans which may be judged by the WGC to be in the best interests of its members.
I understand that as a consequence of enrollment in the Insurance and Retirement Plan and registration with the Department of National Revenue of my retirement savings plan under the Income Tax Act (Canada), and applicable provincial legislation, that any payments under the Retirement Plan to me or my beneficiary will be subject to tax under the provisions of the Income Tax Act (Canada) and applicable provincial legislation.
By submitting this membership form, I consent that the Writers Guild of Canada will collect, use and store my personal information for its own internal membership records and to process payments received for members.
In addition, the WGC is required on occasion to share a member’s personal information with external bodies, including:
- our benefit provider for the purposes of establishing insurance and retirement accounts, updating member contact information and updating membership status.
- other members of the International Association of Writers Guilds to establish membership in a Guild, to discuss details regarding payments received or in relation to inter-Guild agreements, or writer credit.
- legal counsel retained by WGC in order to defend our members’ interests through legal or quasi-legal proceedings such as a labour or credit arbitration.
I understand that by clicking ‘I agree’ and submitting this form, I am electronically signing the form to the same effect as the use of my traditional signature.