Individual Membership Program

In collaboration with our Chapters across Canada, AFOA Canada has developed an approach to enhance the membership experience which is now built on…

The 4 Pillars of Membership:

Pillar 1 – Savings

This pillar outlines the exclusive cost savings AFOA members receive for paying their membership dues. These savings include the premiere “Member Perks Program” and savings on workshops, online courses, conferences and publications.

Pillar 2 – Fellowship & Networking
This pillar involves enhancing the collective interest of our membership in belonging to AFOA Canada through networking and participating in events.  It is about being friendly, inclusive, and creating opportunities for social interaction. It is about helping each other.

Pillar 3 – Thought Leadership
The focus on this pillar is to find ways to utilize the knowledge and expertise of our members in the recruitment and retention of new and existing members.  It is important to be aware of what is happening in our fields of expertise (finance, administration, business, leadership) and share current events.

Pillar 4 – Member Engagement
This pillar involves finding new and innovative ways to get members involved with AFOA Canada. It is about the notion of “actively participating” in AFOA by serving on committees, taking part in opportunities to broaden their experience, or teaching workshops or courses, etc.  It means that you are engaged in “doing something"!

If you want to enhance your finance and/or management skills - if you want to contribute to advancing Aboriginal finance and management in Canada - if you want to do the best job for your organization or community - you can be a member of AFOA.

When you apply to become a member of AFOA Canada, you automatically become a member of your local provincial or territorial Chapter, where a Chapter exists, and must pay the Chapter fees together with the National fees. Chapters are currently operating in Alberta, Atlantic, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan. Provincial Chapter fees vary and are based on level of services provided.

For more information on each Chapter see AFOA Chapters.  Members are invoiced once annually at calendar year-end for both Chapter and National membership fees.

All membership applications are processed through AFOA Canada.

Membership Benefits

AFOA members enjoy the following benefits:

Professional Development

  • Preferred learning opportunities
  • On-line learning
  • Professional development workshops and events
  • Certified Aboriginal Financial Management (CAFM) Program
  • Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrator (CAPA) Program
  • Custom workshops

Programs, Products & Services

  • AFOA publications, toolkits, reference material and other resources including AFOA's Aboriginal Finance and Management Capacity Development Series and the AFOA Fiscal Planning Calendar
  • Exclusive access to the Members' Only Aboriginal Centre for Finance & Management Excellence at featuring:
    • A knowledge library of professional development resources, databases, best practices, toolkits, case studies
    • Discussion groups focusing on professional subject areas
    • Career centre
    • Useful links
  • AFOA's Member Perks Program
  • Fellowship opportunities
  • Scholarships and Awards
  • Subscription to JAM: The Journal of Aboriginal Management - the only professional Aboriginal management journal in the country

Networking Opportunities & Communications

  • Provincial and Territorial Chapters
  • Provincial and Territorial regional professional development workshops
  • Significant discounts for National Conference and Trade Show
  • Newsletters and updates on Aboriginal finance and management developments

Career Advancement

  • Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) designation
  • Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrator (CAPA) Program
  • Career support and job posting services


  • AFOA standards of ethical conduct
  • AFOA professional competency standards

Financial benefits

  • Discount programs with providers such as First Nations Bank, Avis & Budget Car Rental, InterCall, Lenova, UPS and more.
  • Reduced and/or no costs for conferences, courses, and services

Membership Categories

The following are the AFOA membership categories and fees (See Note 1):

Regular  For individuals who have an interest in Indigenous finance and management and do not fit into other categories.
For individuals who are enrolled full-time in high school or post-secondary education. Please attach proof of student status with your application and annually at time of membership renewal (such as a letter from the registrar confirming you are a full-time student, copy of your timetable which includes your name and student ID number)

For individuals with current AFOA membership who have permanently retired from the work force and are not gainfully employed in any capacity.  Please submit a letter indicating that you are permanently retired from the work force.

For individuals who are recognized as Elders within the Indigenous community. A letter from the Elder’s community indicating you are a traditional Elder is required.

For individuals who have received the Certified Aboriginal Financial Management (CAFM) and/or Certified Aboriginal Profession Administrator (CAPA) designation.

Membership Fees

Alberta $385* $25 $30 $25 $485*
Atlantic (NB, NL, NS, PE) $310* $25
British Columbia $410* $25
Manitoba $310* $25
Northwest Territories $285* $25
$260* $25 $30 $25 $310*
Ontario $310* $25
Quebec (QC & LB) $260* $25
Saskatchewan $310* $25
$160* $12.50 $15 $12.50 $210*

*Note: On January 1, 2017, membership rates increased by $10 to support the Indigenous Learning Centre.
**Note: On April 1, 2017, the NU Chapter rate increased for all categories.

Note 1:
A condition of membership in AFOA Canada requires that all applicants join the AFOA Chapter located in the applicant's region, where one exists. Chapters are currently operating in Alberta, Atlantic, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan. Chapter dues vary and are based on level of services provided.

For more information on each Chapter and the Chapter's membership fees structure, see AFOA Chapters.

Members are invoiced once annually at calendar year-end for both Chapter and National membership fees.

Where a Chapter does not exist, the National membership fee of $160 applies.