The Headlines: Ten Reasons to Join the Canadian Freelance Guild
- Help with payments if you're having a dispute with an employer.
- Help to understand and negotiate contracts.
- Gigs via our Job Board.
- A media card for qualified journalists.
- Access to custom Liability and Errors & Omissions insurance.
- Free webinars and access to LinkedIn Learning online training. (Formerly known as Lynda.com, LinkedIn Learning is a $35/month value)
- An affordable extended health care plan.
- Our social media accounts connect you, as do our in-person workshops and mixers.
- Branded gear like notebooks, calendars and pens.
- Advocacy: Together we're better.
- (Okay, Eleven Reasons: Dues are only $150/year.)
Membership Criteria and Benefits
Who is Eligible?
Whether you are a full-time or part-time freelancer, an employee some of the time, a social or sole entrepreneur, or a member of another union through another job, you can join the Canadian Freelance Guild. You may be freelancing as an individual, or through an association, collective or professional group.
Whether you’re a beginner at your craft, an emerging or newly independent professional, or have a lifetime of expertise freelancing in your field, we welcome you.
Regardless of your citizenship, place of residence or mobility, you can join the Canadian Freelance Guild. Here is our full list of professions eligible for membership:
Journalists – Text/Audio/Video
Web content providers
Public Relations professionals
Business and Technical Writers
App content writers
Digital Media Analysts
Social Media Manager
The Full Package
Our staff can offer advice & counsel on all contracts and negotiations.
Freelance contracts have many unique needs that clients don’t often consider.
With two decades of experience negotiating for freelancers, our staff can quickly advise on contracts, work concerns and negotiation strategies. We have ideas to help you get paid. We can also consult our legal team for you.
Call us – our discussions remain fully confidential.
Contact Don Genova, Canadian Freelance Guild Organizer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 778-991-4439 (Pacific Time).
Profile yourself, your expertise and portfolio in our Freelancer Directory.
The Find A Freelancer feature on our home page is where clients and engagers can find you, and members can find each other.
Connect with the growing roster of skilled freelancers who are collaborating across different sectors of work, and changing Canada’s media, communications, IT and creative landscape.
The Job Bank is where you will find media jobs and contract opportunities collected and curated by our own Robyn Roste and Rachel Sanders. Once you are a member you can subscribe to the Job Bank to receive daily or weekly updates of all the latest postings.
We help find contact info for the decision makers who hire freelancers
Have a story, a project or an idea to pitch? Have skills and services but don’t know whom to inform about your availability?
If you need the names of current editors or producers, departmental or project leads, or the person commissioning work at a given publication, company, organization or broadcaster, we can help.
If we don’t know directly, we’re usually only a phone call or two away from finding out.
Contact us and we’ll do our best to find you the right names and numbers to call. Contact us here.
Health & Insurance Benefits
As a CFG member, you can obtain group rates on health, drug, dental, life and travel insurance for you and your family through the Writers’ Coalition. Through these plans you can also access an Employee and Family Assistance Program at no extra cost. No medical exam is required, and the monthly premiums may be tax-deductible.
Commercial General Liability and Errors & Omissions insurance are available from Hub International. Each member requesting an insurance quote will be dealt with on an individual basis. For more information write to Tyler Vigneux at Hub International or call him at 416-591-7074.
Hone your skills & business smarts with professional tutorials via LinkedIn Learning
You get gain free and unlimited access to more than 2900 video courses with industry experts through an online video training service: LinkedIn Learning.
Refresh your media skills, learn new ones and sharpen your business sense anytime, anywhere, from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
Once you are a CFG member and want to access this resource, write to this address with “Sign me up for LinkedIn Learning” in the subject line.
Access to Webinars
Can’t make it to our events? Catch up online via our webinars!
The webinars are on a range of topics, brought to you from your peers with knowledge of your day to day realities. We are building this resource all the time.
CFG Member Card
Your CFG member card is your official sign of professional membership.
The Canadian Freelance Guild is offering a Media Card to qualified members. This photo ID card may help you gain access to exclusive venues or interviews and a QR code on the card will link to your member profile. Your member profile should be as complete as possible and your profile name should be your full real name, not a nickname or some sort of alias.
Your application will be reviewed by a panel of senior freelance journalists for approval. You must provide references and show that you make at least some of your living from journalistic publications.
As a member we invite you to get involved with the guild’s projects, campaigns and committees. It’s a valuable avenue to meeting peers and learning new skills. Watch our social media channels and websites to discover just what you can gain… and give. If you need supports that are not here, please contact us with your need or suggestion. We welcome all ideas.
Not a member of CFG? Sign up here.
Canadian Freelance Guild Executive
The CFG is lead by an Executive elected to advance the interests of freelance members. The first executive was completed in mid-May of 2021 and they are:
President: George Butters
Vice-President: Montaha Hidefi
Treasurer: Trevor Beckerson
Secretary: Helen Edwards
Board Member-at-Large: Alexander Patton
Bylaws of the Canadian Freelance Guild
Click here to download a pdf of the first bylaws of the CFG, adopted at the first annual Annual General Meeting of the organization on Saturday, February 6th, 2021.
Election Policy of the Canadian Freelance Guild
Click here to download a pdf of the Election Policy of the CFG, adopted at the first annual Annual General Meeting of the organization on Saturday, February 6th, 2021.