This is a new page dedicated to helping journalists who freelance at the CBC learn about the collective agreement between CMG and CBC and how to navigate through the different categories. Before you go any further, though, please recognize that any time you do a freelance contract with the CBC under the CMG/CBC collective agreement, you pay 1.55% of your gross payment in union dues. That means you are entitled to becoming a member in good standing of the Canadian Media Guild, are protected by certain articles in the collective agreement, and have access to the same voting rights and benefits all members of the CMG Freelance Branch have. We encourage you to ‘claim your membership’. Go to this webpage to do so. When the form comes to the dropdown menu for Employer, select Freelance – CBC/Radio Canada.

For an easy way to figure out how much you should get paid, start by downloading and opening this Excel File, where you will find the minimum rates paid in each category, be it audio, audio-video, text, or photography. These are the latest rates which went into effect April 1, 2018. Remember, the rates are minimums, you are free to negotiate a fee above the minimum. It’s not always easy to do so but you should try, especially if you have a particular expertise the CBC is seeking, or if there is a short deadline for delivery, or if you feel the work is more complex and time-consuming so doesn’t reflect what the minimum amount would pay.

To view the entire Freelance article within the CMG-CBC collective agreement, go to this link and navigate to page 90.

If you think you are a CBC Freelance Contributor”, you can find some guidelines to this kind of contract here.

If you want to know about CBC “Freelance Specific Services” contracts, there is some background and guidelines here.

Check back here for more information as we post it.