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As an Oxfam Canada member you are part of a powerful movement for change.

A Powerful Movement
For Change

Our members use their voices and their expertise to advance women's rights and work to end poverty.

As a member of Oxfam Canada, you will learn more about international issues, engage in supporting meaningful change, take action to end poverty and use your voice to help determine our direction.

Being a member gives you a voice in our work, and the tools to advocate for our programs and campaigns to end the injustice of poverty.

If you are not a member, join today.


To Active Oxfam Canada Members:

At the Annual General Meeting in September, Oxfam Canada will elect a new Board. Here’s your chance to make a difference in charting Oxfam’s future!

Members are invited to nominate candidates – or stand as candidates – for a three-year term (2019 – 2022). Submit your nominations to the Nominating Committee at ac.ma1558645659fxo@s1558645659noita1558645659nimon1558645659.

In the coming three years, our Board will play a crucial role in:

  • Implementation and oversight of the Oxfam 2020 governance and programming changes
  • The implementation of the Oxfam Canada Strategy (2020 and beyond)
  • Strategic thinking, oversight and contributions to Oxfam Canada’s role as an influencing organization
  • Contribute to the success of Oxfam Canada as a leader on women’s rights and gender equality
  • Strengthening accountability to partners, funders, members, donors and the public

Candidates require a strong commitment to our mission and values and should have:

  • substantial experience on a not-for-profit board or relevant governance expertise
  • experience in financial and risk management
  • readiness to support fundraising through ideas, contacts and experience
  • a commitment to women’s rights and gender justice
  • knowledge of international development and human rights
  • strategic leadership experience

Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to stand for election.

Nominations close July 14, 2019. We urge you to put forward nominations as soon as possible so that we can recruit a strong Board.

A job description for Directors can be found here, the nomination form can be found here, and the candidate profile form is available here.

Note that both forms must be completed in order to nominate or self-nominate.

Remember that to nominate a candidate, stand for election or vote, you need to renew your membership. You can register on this page by clicking the Become a Member button.

If you have questions, please contact ac.ma1558645659fxo@p1558645659ihsre1558645659bmem1558645659 or 613-627-8601.

We encourage you to play an active role in strengthening our governance by giving some thought to who could make the greatest contribution to Oxfam’s impact as a member of our Board.

Membership in Action

At the Oxfam Gender Justice Summit.

The Benefits of Membership

A powerful community for change

Join a network of Oxfam supporters and advocates who connect online and at Oxfam events across the country.

A seat at
the table

Have the opportunity to participate in governance activities and Board of Directors’ nominations and elections.

A digital connection

Receive updates to keep you in the know on Oxfam’s programs, campaigns, and events.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why a membership fee?

Oxfam Canada is committed to an open and inclusive membership, encouraging its supporters to play an active role in support of its mission and its governance.

At the same time, we recognize that under the Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act, members have significant authority and powers. For that reason, we have a membership fee and members are required to renew their membership on an annual basis to ensure we have up-to-date contact information for effective communication with all members.

2. Who is eligible to be a member?

An Oxfam Canada member is any supporter, 13 years of age or older, who supports Oxfam’s vision and mission, has signed the Code of Conduct has completed the registration process and is approved by the Board for membership.

All members are encouraged to contribute to Oxfam's work by voting on governance matters including elections for the Board, taking action in campaigns, volunteering, and donating as they are able.

3. How do I renew my membership?

Renewal is fast and easy. Members are invited to renew their membership online or by submitting the required information in writing to:

Oxfam Canada
39 McArthur Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
K1L 8L7

Multi-year membership options are not being offered at this time.

4. How long will it take for my membership renewal to be approved?

Oxfam Canada will confirm your membership within two (2) weeks of receipt of payment and application.

5. How will I know when to renew my membership next year?

Your annual renewal date will be one year after the date of your application. We will send you a renewal reminder by email (or by mail where email is unavailable) one month in advance of the renewal date.

If membership is not renewed before the renewal date, members will receive a further reminder two weeks after their renewal date. Membership status will end one month after the renewal date has passed if membership is not renewed.

6. What does the $25 membership fee contribute to?

Most grassroots organizations – service clubs, political parties, unions – levy dues or a membership fee that provides revenues to support the work of the organization and defray the costs of maintaining and engaging the membership. Participation in governance is restricted to ‘members in good standing’: those who have paid a fee and kept the organization abreast of changes in contact information.

7. Do I get a tax receipt for the $25 membership fee?

No. The Canada Revenue Agency stipulates that tax receipts cannot be issued for membership fees in this case. For more information, reference the CRA’s guidance for registered charities online.)

8. I’m a donor. Do I still have to pay the $25 membership fee?

Members who donate $25 or more each month to SharePlan may have their membership fee waived on an annual basis as long as they continue to donate at or above that rate.

9. What if I cannot afford the membership fee?

Prospective members who cannot afford the $25 membership fee can ask that it be waived.

10. What does it mean to be member of Oxfam Canada?

Oxfam Canada recognizes that it is through the joint effort of the organization’s members, Board and staff that the governance needs of the organization are met. Oxfam Canada engages and works with members to ensure effective governing of the organization.

Oxfam Canada commits to ensure that its members receive the appropriate information in a timely manner in order to be able to effectively participate in its governance.

Members participate in the organization’s governance by:

  • Nominating, contesting, and voting for elected positions. Members must be 18 years of age to be eligible for election to the Board of Directors.
  • Participating in regional and national summits
  • Providing feedback to the Board of Directors on policies and priorities

and through approving:

  • Bylaws
  • Special Resolutions
  • Appointment of auditors

Read Oxfam Canada’s Member Policy.

11. What happens if I don’t renew my membership?

Membership status will end one month after the renewal date has passed if membership is not renewed.

If you are not an Oxfam Canada member, you can still be a supporter! A supporter is a person who works in support of Oxfam programs, campaigns, outreach, fundraising, or administration on an unpaid basis. Supporters may be engaged in a community or campus-based group; as part of an Oxfam event or activity; online; in a volunteer position based in an Oxfam office; in a specialized role working directly with staff; on a project committee; or in other ways. Visit our Get Involved pages to find out how

Help Build the Movement

As a member, your support is an essential part in the fight against poverty and social injustice. Still have questions? Contact: ac.ma1558645659fxo@p1558645659ihsre1558645659bmem1558645659

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