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Why join the CCJA?



The Canadian Criminal Justice Association is an independent national voluntary organization working for an improved criminal justice system in Canada. The Association was founded in 1919.


Stay informed on criminal justice issues and have your say on current policies and proposed developments.

This is your association and you have a stake in its development and direction. We need to know what you want and we need your input in various areas; your suggestions; your contributions to our publications; your ideas; your participation on committees; your views on issues; your contribution to policy statements and position papers; your assistance in fund raising and membership promotion.

A dynamic Association will move in response to the desires of its members and will attempt to accommodate their expressed needs.


Recognizing that the criminal justice system must serve the needs of all people, the Canadian Criminal Justice Association is an umbrella organization representing all elements of the criminal justice system, including the public. It exists to promote rational, informed, and responsible debate in order to develop a more humane, equitable, and effective justice system.


The Canadian Criminal Justice Association is committed to its purpose which is reflected in its efforts to:

      Provide the public, criminal justice participants, and concerned observers with balanced information and education on justice issues through:

                           conferences, seminars, congresses
                           training opportunities

      Create opportunities for debate,
consult and advise,
initiate change,
monitor progress, and
strive for improvement in the areas of:

                           crime prevention
                           community-based programs
                           public policy
                           justice programs and services

      Advocate for fairness, equity and the protection of rights
      Foster communication, collegiality, consensus and cooperation among all
      Promote research and the advancement of knowledge


a)     Affiliation

The Canadian Criminal Justice Association maintains a presence in all provinces and territories through its members.

In addition, there exist criminal justice/criminology/corrections associations in most provinces, eight of which are affiliated to the CCJA.

Membership in the CCJA also includes membership in the provincial Affiliate. The current Affiliates are:

      British Columbia Criminal Justice Association
      Alberta Criminal Justice Association
      Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety, University of Regina, Saskatchewan
      Manitoba Criminal Justice Association
      Ontario Association of Corrections and Criminology
      New Brunswick Criminal Justice Association
      Nova Scotia Criminal Justice Association
      Newfoundland and Labrador Criminology and Corrections Association

While the Québec Society of Criminology is not currently an affiliate, a close working relationship exists and every effort is made to strengthen those ties.

Affiliation implies joint membership and fee sharing, as well as on-going collaboration on joint ventures and initiatives. It should be noted that provincial Affiliates remain autonomous organizations and that their policies and directions are dictated by their local membership.

b)     Fees


The fee structure includes 2 levels of individual membership. The distinction between categories for individual members is based on the level of service to which members wish to subscribe. It is the view of the Association that by providing a variety of fees and options, membership becomes accessible to all.

      Support Categories

Further, an opportunity exists to join in a number of support categories. The benefits are essentially the same as those offered to individuals in Category B, but a greater portion of the fee goes to support the Association. Corporate members may designate 2 people to receive the benefits of membership.The Support Categories are: Agency ($125), Patron ($200), and Corporate ($500). These members will receive particular recognition when a special occasion or opportunity presents itself.

c)     Why join?

Of the many reasons that one could invoke, the need to work together towards a more unified criminal justice system and a common set of objectives is perhaps the most important.

Where spectacular incidents have occurred or in instances where the system seems to have failed altogether, study group after study group, be they committees, inquests, commissions or other, all bring to light common elements:

      the lack of, or breakdown in, communication;
      the misunderstanding of objectives from one sector to another;
      the absence of common purpose, at times going as far as pointing to cross-purposes.

These types of shortcomings often lead to AVOIDABLE problems such as tense relations between the police and releasing authorities, the lack of appreciation of the work of correctional workers, public misperception of the sentencing and parole process, victims' feelings of isolation...

What is needed is a national forum where all views can come together with a view to achieving consensus around issues, directions, policy and the law. Only in this manner can a true system develop where all of the parts will be working in an integrated manner towards the achievement of common objectives.

d)     Who should join?

All who share in the foregoing objectives and wish to make a difference are invited to join.

Members need not be experts in a given field nor share in every way in all of the Association's positions. The Association's positions are those of its members and, in a dynamic process, they are apt to change as the views of the membership evolve.

The Association wishes to make a place for all to express themselves and wishes to ensure that all views are represented, being mindful that dissenting opinions need also to be considered in the development of policy.

Given that the designation "Criminal Justice Association" is broadly encompassing, the current objective is to recruit members from all sectors of criminal justice and the public.

Traditionally, the CCJA has been quite successful in attracting members from the correctional field (government and voluntary sector, institutional and community) and hopes to continue in this vein. However, in order to truly fulfil its mandate, it needs to enlist broader support and participation from the police, the judiciary, crown and defence bar, victims groups, workers involved with young offenders, other related justice services, and the public.

It is hoped that the objectives described above will appeal to these groups and that they will want to join the Association in achieving them.

e)     What are the benefits?

One or more of the 3 following publications are included as membership benefits, depending on the level of service desired by members.

Bi-weekly Electronic Newsletter (All categories)

This is our newsletter. It focuses on brief news items covering all areas of Canada and all areas of endeavour. With input from members it constitutes a tool for the exchange of information and the outlining of concerns.

As most of the Affiliates do not enjoy the benefits of a secretariat, the CCJA encourages them use the Bulletin as a tool to communicate regularly with their members.

The Justice Report (All categories) - 4 issues per year

Our magazine. It contains opinion pieces written specifically for the Justice Report by a team of professional journalists from across Canada. It also includes articles by key partners in the criminal justice system, in addition to regular columns such as "In Court" (reports on recent court decisions), "A voice from inside" (inmate opinions), and "Coming events".

The Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice (B, Agency, Patron, Corporate) - 4 issues per year

This is a scientific journal containing in-depth articles based on research and experimentation. It is well received in academic circles and often quoted in textbooks, manuals, the media, other journals and training curricula. It counts subscribers in more than 35 countries. This publication appeals to justice administrators, researchers and practitioners, academics, and to anyone wishing to keep abreast of recent criminological findings and opinions.


The following publications are available through purchase and members enjoy a 20% discount on these and any other CCJA publication..

The Justice Directory of Services

The only all-encompassing directory in Canada on federal, provincial and voluntary services in the field of criminal justice and corrections.

The Directory of Services for Victims of Crime.

It lists and describes more than 800 agencies and services accessible to victims across Canada.

Both directories are in computerized databases and updated regularly.

NOTE; The Bulletin and the Justice Report are benefits of membership and may only be purchased by libraries. All other publications, including the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice may be purchased on a per-issue basis or by subscription.


The Association holds the only interdisciplinary congress on criminal justice in Canada. It is held every second year and attracts several hundred professionals and interested citizens from all areas of Canada and other countries.

The congress provides a forum to discuss current issues and learn of the latest developments in criminal justice. It presents a unique opportunity for professional development, for establishing inter-personal relationships, and networking.

In addition, the Association sponsors or organizes meetings and seminars on specific topics in response to the needs expressed by its members. These functions tend to be of smaller scale and more specifically geared to concrete results and recommendations.

Members attending the above functions enjoy a significant discount on registration fees.


We need your support. Please fill-out the application form now. The rates applicable to each category of membership are listed on the form. We would appreciate your ensuring that you answer all questions completely. This information will assist us further in planning and consultation.




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