Insecure work is today’s reality…

Creative unionism is the antidote.

The Canadian Media Guild‘s voluntary membership for freelancers is designed to help fill the growing gaps in social security and workforce supports that are hallmarks of today’s harsh economy. We’ve sought and designed innovative resources and programs for self-employed people who do media, communications, IT, creative, cultural, community and knowledge work  – in recognition of the growing interconnections between these fields of work.

We at CMG are confident that as freelancers increase in number, we can dramatically increase our clout and solidarity if we pool our resources and join together constructively.

Why Membership?

Membership with CMG opens the door to collaborative and ever-growing networks of quality communications, artistic and scholarly work, across multiple areas of expertise and talent. It also opens access to ongoing education and training, expert help in negotiating contracts, resources to help build your freelance portfolio and livelihood, as well as affordable health, dental and insurance options for you and your family.

We’ve built a whole new space for freelancers.We invite you to come inside, take advantage and help us build more, together.


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 CMG Freelance. You may be freelancing as an individual, or through an association, collective or professional group.

We offer membership for individuals, and welcome self-organized collectives, cooperatives and associations to become members as well.

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 CMG Freelance. Here is our full list of professions eligible for membership:

Journalists – Text/Audio/Video



Web content providers



Public Relations professionals

Media trainers

Business and Technical Writers

Editors (text/audio/video)


Graphic Designers

Sound Designers

Website/Blog Designers

Public Speakers


Academic writers

App content writers



Book authors

E-book writers



Self-published authors


Game Designers

Software Developers

Digital Media Analysts

Copy Editors

Social Media Manager

Applicants to CMG Freelance should review the explanation of the Canadian Media Guild, its membership and priorities, and Code of Conduct and acknowledge they have read, understood, and agree with the mission and goals of the CMG.

Whatever your talent or stage of professional experience, for an annual fee of $150 (or auto-deduct payments of $15/month), you can join Canadian Media Guild Freelance, connect with others across Canada and around the world, and enjoy the benefits of people for people, not profits.

CMG’s commitment to equity & accessibility.

At CMG, we value and strive to promote solidarity and equity as much as possible. As a union, we are mandated to prioritize and forward human rights, equity, accessibility and accommodations for all our members. Read more.

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Support Package for Associate Members