Membership



How to Become a Member

The African Canadian Legal Clinic is a specialty clinic based in Toronto, Ontario.  Its primary mandate is to engage in test case litigation in the areas of racial discrimination and anti-Black racism.  The Clinic also acts as an advocacy agency, and as a resource centre for individuals and other organizations in these areas.

It is important that the Clinic continue to build an active membership. An active membership is a resource pool for skills, talent, energy, volunteers and financial support. Membership is a way for the Clinic to keep concerned and interested individuals in the community updated about its work and the issues facing the community. Membership adds credibility when approaching funding sources. A proper mandate for a Board of Directors is derived from an annual election by the membership;

Membership is open to a person who has completed a Request for Membership Form and who is at least fourteen years of age and is normally resident in Ontario.

Application for membership shall be made in writing, using the Request for Membership Form.  These forms are available at the Clinic offices.

The annual fee for the General Membership is five ($5.00) dollars.
The annual fee for the Supporting Membership is five ($5.00) dollars.
The minimum annual fee for the Organizational Membership is fifty ($50.00) dollars.
There shall be no fees for Youth Membership. When a Youth turns 18, she/he will automatically be converted to General Membership and pay the five ($5.00) dollar fee or apply for a waiver of fees.

The Board or Executive Committee may waive or reduce the membership fee where the circumstances warrant.

Download Membership Request Form

Receipt of Request for Membership Form

All request for membership forms shall be dated. All request for membership forms received at the Clinic offices shall be date stamped.

When a request for membership form is received at the Clinic it shall be reviewed by the Secretary of the Board, or his or her designate, to ensure that the applicant has indicated that they are fourteen (14) years of age or over and are normally resident in Ontario. The Secretary of the Board or his or her designate shall write to applicants who are not eligible acknowledging receipt of their request for membership form and informing them that they are not eligible for membership.

Application Approval Process

The Board Nominations and Membership Development Committee shall meet to consider requests for membership.

All eligible applicants shall pay the current membership fee or make an application for a reduction/waiver of the fee. Where an application for a reduction/waiver of the fee is made the applicant shall provide a brief description in writing of the circumstances warranting the reduction/waiver.

The Board Nominations and Membership Development Committee shall meet for the purpose of recommending to the Board whether an application should or should not be approved, and whether an application for waiver/reduction should or should not be approved. The Board shall consider these recommendations at its meeting in the month next following the meeting of The Board Nominations and Membership Development Committee.

The Board Nominations and Membership Development Committee shall recommend approval of all applications where it is satisfied that the person applying:

(a)    is at least fourteen (14) years old and is normally resident in Ontario;
(b)    has completed a Request for Membership Form
(c)    understands, affirms and supports, in practice and in principle, the mandate, purpose and objectives of the Clinic.