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** 2018 Membership will be available online in January  **

Please review the FCO Objectives  and FCO Statement of Ethical Principals before proceeding with your membership.

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

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

Membership Categories
 2018 Fees
Individual Member $100 CAD
International Member (non-voting) $75 CAD
Institutional Member (fewer than 5 staff members) $250 CAD
Institutional Member (more than 5 staff members) $450 CAD
Student (non-voting) $50 CAD

 

Individual Membership

Any individual with an interest in promoting the objectives of the FCO may apply for membership. Each Individual Member is entitled to receive notice of, attend and vote at all Meetings of Members and each Member is entitled to one (1) vote. Individual Members are entitled to receive FCO communications that are intended for Members and benefit from reduced registration fees for conferences, workshops and courses sponsored by the FCO.

Institutional Membership

It is generally expected that Ombudsman offices would become institutional members. Each Institutional Member is entitled to appoint one (1) representative – with one (1) vote – to attend and act on behalf of the corporation to meetings of Members. Attendance and voting options are the same as for individuals. Institutional members (including Designated Members*) are entitled to receive FCO communications that are intended for Members and benefit from reduced registration fees for conferences, workshops and courses sponsored by the FCO. A list of institutional members will be posted on the FCO Web site, with a possible link to an office’s Web site.

*Designated Members may be added during the online process. Designated Members will be entitled to receive FCO email communications and benefit from any reduced members rates for the FCO conference and events, but are not eligible to vote.

International Membership

Individuals on the staff of ombudsman or persons who have an interest in furthering the purposes of the FCO and who are not citizens or residents of Canada. Each international member may attend Meetings of Members, but are not eligible to vote in respect to matters which may come before meetings of Members, nor can they hold elective office. International members are entitled to receive FCO communications that are intended for Members and benefit from reduced registration fees for conferences, workshops and courses sponsored by the FCO.

Student Membership

Students who are interested in promoting the objectives of the FCO, have a valid student ID card and are enrolled in an education program may apply for membership. Student members may attend Meetings of Members, but are not eligible to vote in respect to matters which may come before meetings of Members, nor can they hold elective office. Student members are entitled to receive FCO communications that are intended for Members and benefit from reduced registration fees for conferences, workshops and courses sponsored by the FCO.

Payment

A fully paid membership is considered in good standing. If paying by cheque, membership dues must be paid within one (1) calendar month of the membership renewal date.

  • 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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