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Apply for FCO membership

Decide whether you are applying for an individual or institutional membership. Refer to Membership Sectors below for additional details.

Institutional Membership:

It is generally expected that Ombudsman offices would become institutional members. A list of institutional members will be posted on the FCO website, with a possible link to an office’s Web site. Institutional memberships are transferable.

Individual Membership:

Any individual with an interest in promoting the objectives of the FCO may apply for membership.

 

Membership Categories

2017 Dues*

Individual Member $100 CAD
International Member $75 CAD
Institutional Member (fewer than 5 staff members) $250 CAD
Institutional Member (more than 5 staff members) $450 CAD
Student $50 CAD

*Membership is valid from January 1 to December 31. Membership fees are subject to 13% HST.

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Payment

By Credit Card: Payment can be made by VISA or MasterCard at time of registration. You will be asked to provide your Customer Verification Number (CVN) when paying by credit card.

By Cheque: Please make cheque payable to Forum of Canadian Ombudsman and mail together with your confirmation to: FCO Secretariat, 275 Bay Street, Ottawa, ON K1R 5Z5

After submitting your online application, you will receive an automatic email confirmation with your Reference #. A payment receipt will follow for payments made by credit card.

 

Membership Sectors

Membership sectors reflect the different jurisdictions in Canada in which our members practice. You will be required to select the sector to which you belong during the application process.

  1. Legislative Ombudsman: a person who may or may not hold the title Ombudsman, who has been appointed in a Canadian jurisdiction pursuant to an enactment of Parliament, a legislative assembly, or other elected public body, to investigate, upon complaint or by initiative, matters related to the administration of one or more governmental or public-sector organizations, and appointees and staff.
  2. Public-Sector Ombudsman: a person who may or may not hold the title Ombudsman, who is appointed in a Canadian jurisdiction by government or the public sector to investigate upon complaint or by initiative, complaints by the public which relate to matters of public-sector administration or complaints by the public which relate to matters regulated by the government or public-sector administrator, and appointees and staff.
  3. Private-Sector Ombudsman: a person who may or may not hold the title Ombudsman, who is appointed in a Canadian jurisdiction by a public or private corporation to investigate upon complaint or by initiative, complaints which relate to matters of the administration of the corporation or matters, which relate to the administration of entities in a defined industry or endeavour, and appointees and staff.
  4. College or University Ombudsman: a person who may or may not hold the title Ombudsman, who is appointed in a Canadian jurisdiction by a public or private educational institution to investigate upon complaint or by initiative, complaints which relate to matters of the administration of the educational institution, and appointees and staff.
  5. Members at Large: any individual not represented in (l) through (4), but who has an interest in promoting the objects of the Forum (e.g. consultants, academics).
  6. International Members: may be ombudsman, ombudsman staff or persons who have an interest in promoting the objects of the Forum, and who are not citizens or residents of Canada or practicing in a Canadian jurisdiction.
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