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Membership Fees

To find the membership fee applicable to you, please click on the appropriate CBA Branch (province/territory) below:

For more information on fees, please contact the Membership Department at memberservice@cba.org.


New members are always welcome! Select the membership category most appropriate for you and join today:

  • Regular: A lawyer, Québec notary or judge who has been called to a Canadian Bar. A law professor with a recognized Canadian law degree who is working at a recognized law school in Canada.
  • Articling/Bar Ad Student: A student who is in the process of articling with a Canadian law firm; or is enrolled in a Bar Admissions course to be admitted to his/her first Canadian Bar or Law Society.
  • Law School Student: A student who has not been called to a Canadian Bar and who is enrolled at a recognized Canadian law school; or a Canadian citizen studying at a recognized foreign law faculty. This category is also available to NCA students.
  • Scholar: An individual who is eligible under another membership category but is currently undertaking full-time graduate legal studies at a recognized law school; or undertaking Bar Admission studies in order to be admitted to another Canadian Bar or Law Society.
  • Retired: A lawyer, Quebec notary or judge aged 60 years or more, or who has been a member in good standing of the Bar or Law Society for 20 years or more, and who has retired from the active practice of law or the Bench by resigning from the Law Society or the Bench.
  • Associate: A lawyer or judge who is a member in good standing of a Bar or Law Society outside Canada, and is not otherwise eligible for membership under another CBA membership category. Proof of international designation must be supplied.
  • Part-time: A Regular Member who is not working the full work week. Individuals are eligible for this category if their Law Society recognizes part-time status, currently Ontario and British Columbia.
  • Non-Practising: A Regular Member who is not actively engaged in the practice of law. Individuals are eligible for this category if their Law Society recognizes non-practising or inactive status.


New Refund Policy

At their February 2012 meetings, the Finance Committee, National Board of Directors, and National Council approved a new Membership Fee Refund Policy that takes effect September 1, 2012.

The new refund policy stipulates that CBA membership fees (or a prorated amount) are non-refundable.

Although members are given several options to pay their annual membership fees, the amount due is an annual fee, and should not be treated as a monthly subscription. Once a member’s annual fees are paid, they are members for that year. For members who pay their annual membership fee in monthly installments, the entire remaining balance is due, in full, immediately upon cancellation of their membership.

In cases where a member’s fees are paid by their employer (or other third party), the CBA will no longer refund any portion of an individual’s membership fees to an employer (or other third party). If the relationship between the member and the employer (or third party) ends, and the employer (or other third party) wishes to recover the CBA membership fees, they should recover those fees (along with any other standard reimbursements) as part of their departure settlement.

For more information, please contact the Membership Department.

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