Membership Eligibility

The CAJ offers two types of membership: active (journalist) and associate (non-journalist) membership.

Please read below before signing up for CAJ membership. 

 

ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP

Only active members are eligible to a) receive membership cards and b) vote in CAJ meetings and/or run for elected positions on chapter executives or the CAJ board of directors. All other membership categories are non-voting.

The CAJ has an interest in ensuring those people who register as members meet the definitions of membership as defined under "Class A member" in Sec. 10 of its bylaws, which may be amended from time to time. Currently, that section reads, in part:

Class A members of the corporation shall be individuals who, as determined by the board of directors of the corporation, are Canadian, or work in Canada, or work for Canadian-owned media, and:

  • whose salary comes primarily from, or time goes principally into, journalism or;
  • are managers of media enterprises or;
  • are teachers of journalism at a recognised post-secondary program or;
  • are students enrolled in a recognised post-secondary journalism program or who work in the student media on a regular basis during the academic year.

 

Read more about  membership eligibility requirements here. 

Current active membership rates, due annually unless otherwise specified:

  • First-time member – One year – $45
  • First-time member – Two years – $90
  • Regular member – One year – $75
  • Regular member – Two years – $140
  • Income less than $30,000/annum – $40 per year
  • Student – $20 per year

 

Sign up for active membership now!

 

ASSOCIATE (NON-JOURNALIST) MEMBERSHIP

Associate memberships are non-voting and associate members are not eligible to receive membership cards.

  • Associate (Non-journalist) – $100 per year –Non-voting, not eligible for membership card
  • Retired journalist / over 65 – $60 per year–Non-voting, not eligible for membership card

Membership brings you many benefits including group rates on health, dental and home insurance through Manulife and thePersonal. Current members gain reduced entry fees to all CAJ events, including our national journalism conference, which can save hundreds of dollars over the space of a year. Often, non-members can join, pay the appropriate member rate and access membership rates to these events, with the membership fee and member rate still being less than the non-member entry. 

Sign up for associate membership now!

 

MEMBERSHIP CARDS

If you are an active member and would like a membership card, please make sure to select the dues rate that includes the price of your card—$6.00 plus tax, so $6.78. Please also be aware that membership cards can take up to 60 days to arrive. Only regular active members and students are eligible to receive a membership card.

If you would like to have a photo included on your membership card you must email one to [email protected] at the time of purchase. Please use the file format: LastName_FirstName.jpg.

 

SIGN UP!

To register online, please click here to access our registration portalPlease note, new active members (journalists) must still be verified as meeting eligibility requirements before they can log on as members. Our administrator is notified each time a new membership is purchased. Verification usually takes no more than 24 hours.

If you do not wish to pay online, please complete the online form and select payment by cash / cheque / money order. The registration system will provide a form for you to print and mail in with your payment.

 

MEMBERSHIP ELIGIBILITY

The CAJ has an interest in ensuring those people who register as members meet the definitions of membership as defined under "Class A member" in Sec. 10 of its bylaws, which may be amended from time to time. Currently, that section reads, in part:

Class A members of the corporation shall be individuals who, as determined by the board of directors of the corporation, are Canadian, or work in Canada, or work for Canadian-owned media, and:

  • whose salary comes primarily from, or time goes principally into, journalism or;
  • are managers of media enterprises or;
  • are teachers of journalism at a recognised post-secondary program or;
  • are students enrolled in a recognised post-secondary journalism program or who work in the student media on a regular basis during the academic year.

 

1. Cursory verification upon registration

When someone registers via the CAJ’s web-based service, the CAJ will undertake the following steps as a cursory check of eligibility for active membership.

a) The CAJ will conduct a cursory check of the member’s information, as submitted, on various common search engines and social media sites.

i) Should this search determine the registrant meets the criteria for active membership, the registration will be approved without need to notify the registrant.

ii) Information showing the registrant’s activity dated within the past 12-24 months shall be considered as current to meet the provisions of active membership.

b) Should this cursory check not show the person meets the criteria or be inconclusive that, the record of the registration will be forwarded to the membership services committee chair (or designate) for followup.

i) The CAJ shall contact the registrant – by email is acceptable – with a standard message explaining a cursory check could not determine the person meets the eligibility criteria for active membership. The person will be provided with at least 10 business days to show they meet the criteria.

ii) Once this has been shown to the satisfaction of the membership services committee chair (or designate), the person’s registration is confirmed.

iii) If the registrant does not respond within 10 business days, the CAJ shall delete the registration and refund the registration fee using the same method of payment.

c) The membership services chair (or designate) has the ability to confer with any member(s) of the membership services committee regarding any registration referred to her/him in Sec. 1.b) prior to reaching a decision.

d) A registrant deemed ineligible for active membership retains the right to re-register when s/he is able to meet the eligibility criteria. That person can also be encouraged to consider associate membership.

2. Review of a decision under Sec. 1

If a registrant is not satisfied with the decision of the membership services chair made under Sec. 1.b) or 1.c), s/he may request a review of that decision.

a) The review shall be conducted by a minimum of three members of the CAJ executive, none of whom were involved in the original decision.

i) The CAJ president shall participate in all reviews

b) The reviewers can at their discretion review any of the information submitted by the registrant, communicate directly with the registrant to seek additional information and/or request relevant rationale from the membership services chair (or designate) who ruled the registrant did not meet criteria for active membership.

c) The decision of the reviewers shall be final and not subject to any other review or appeal.

Approved by the CAJ board: June 10, 2012; amended to reflect re-numbering of bylaw section in 2017.