Directors Guild of Canada
Formation1962 (1962)
TypeTrade union
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Canada
Official languages
  • English
  • French
Warren P. Sonoda
AffiliationsCanadian Labour Congress Edit this at Wikidata

The Directors Guild of Canada (DGC; French: Guilde canadienne des réalisateurs) is a Canadian labour union representing more than 5,500 professionals from 48 different occupations in the Canadian film and television industry. Founded in 1962, the DGC represents directors, editors, assistant directors, location managers, production assistants and others.

The DGC has district councils in the following provinces; British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador and the Atlantic District Council (representing New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island). However, in Quebec certain positions are represented by other unions such as IATSE 514 and the Quebec union "AQTIS". Each district council has written its own specific Standard Agreement to represent its members.[1][2]

The National Office for the Directors Guild of Canada is located on Heward Street, Toronto, Ontario.


The Directors Guild of Canada hosts an annual awards ceremony recognizing achievement in directing, production design, picture and sound editing for the following categories as well as others[3]

HAVEN Helpline

On 1 June 2019, ACTRA and the Directors Guild of Canada jointly launched HAVEN Helpline for members in Canada, with 24-7 support, out-sourced from Morneau Shepell, with additional financial support from AFBS and Telefilm Canada.[4][5]


  1. ^ "AQTIS: The Association". 2019. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  2. ^ "IATSE 514's Mission Statement". Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  3. ^ David, Greg (2017-06-26). "2017 Directors Guild of Canada awards nominees announced". Tv,eh?. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  4. ^ Liszewski, Bridget (May 31, 2019). "ACTRA and DGC Jointly Launch HAVEN Helpline". The TV Junkies. Retrieved 26 April 2022.
  5. ^ Jancelewicz, Chris (May 31, 2019). "ACTRA, Directors Guild of Canada launch HAVEN, a harassment helpline". Global News. Corus Entertainment. Retrieved 26 April 2022.