Writers Guild of Canada 2021 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Report (Presentation)
Jinder Oujla-Chalmers, Writers Guild of Canada
In English | Simultaneous interpretation in French and ASL
The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) and its Diversity Committee prepared the 2021 WGC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Report that includes data up until December 31, 2020. The definition of diversity used in the report was established by the WGC’s Council and Diversity Committee and includes the following groups: Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, Queer People, and People with Disabilities.
The report shows encouraging improvement in terms of equity, diversity, and inclusion in Canadian TV. For example, 34% of new members that joined the Guild were diverse. The growth was largely driven by people of color and black writers. However, a minority group that is underrepresented in many film and TV categories includes people with disabilities. In 2020, none of the new members joining the Guild self-identified as a person with a disability. Also, the participation of indigenous writers decreased significantly in 2020. The share of working indigenous writers decreased to 1% from 4% the year prior. This data generates insights for better programs and initiatives.
Some impacts of the data generated from the report to the Writers Guild of Canada include a better understanding of the population of diverse members in the Guild; a better understanding of the genre of screenwriting a minority group tends towards; a better understanding of how minority groups have progressed in their careers from entry-level to showrunner positions; and also helps with programming initiatives from the Guild to serve the underrepresented.
Jinder Oujla-Chalmers (Elle/she/her)
Jinder Oujla-Chalmers of Inner Vision Productions Inc. is a writer, producer, director and facilitator. With her privately owned company, she has been pushing for diversity in media for over thirty years. Jinder was instrumental in creating the Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) Bellmedia Screenwriter’s Diversity Program. She was the first board member to start the Asian Heritage Film Society, Vancouver, BC. Also first to create Canada’s BIPOC writing room with BIPOC rom-com Bootcamp. As a member of the WGC Diversity Committee, she was instrumental in compiling data for the 2021 WGC EDI Report on Showrunners and Writing Rooms across Canada.