Full Member Organizations

Member Organizations are those organizations that meet the criteria and admission requirements set by the Board of Directors, subscribe to the objectives of the Corporation, pay the membership dues, and are admitted by a resolution of the Board of Directors as a Member Organization. Member Organizations are eligible to designate one person to be a director of the Corporation and are entitled to vote at Annual and Special Meetings of Members of the Corporation.



7th Step Society of Canada


The 7th Step program, based on a Kansas model, was designed to reach the hardcore convict population, the men and women who are often the leaders within the institutions, with an end goal of reducing recidivism.

The 7th Step self-help program is not a faith program but it is based on faith. Faith on the belief that freedom can be attained and maintained if one followed and practiced the seven steps and if one would "Think Realistically". The 7th Step Program uses a triad approach in the delivery. It is vital that ex-offenders are involved and giving back to the serving offender, whether it is in an institution or in the community. The non-offender plays a very important role in that they bring a perspective that may offer another way for the offender to think and act. | 1820 27 Ave SW, Calgary AB T2T 1H1 | Tel: 1-833-776-8777

George Myette, Executive Director

L'Association des services de réhabilitation sociale du Québec


The Association des services de réhabilitation sociale du Québec (ASRSQ) is a social reintegration community action organization working in the criminal justice field and dedicated to the social reintegration of offenders.

It brings together 68 non-profit community organizations and two organization coalitions working with people in conflict with the legal system. The ASRSQ aims to promote crime prevention through community action (release on parole, work options, halfway houses, suspended sentences, combating delinquency, etc.). The ASRSQ also supports and promotes citizen participation in handling issues related to the justice system. | 1340 St. Joseph Boulevard E, Montréal QC H2J 1M3 | Tel: 514 521-3733

David Henry, Executive Director,



Book Clubs for Inmates is a registered charity that organizes volunteer-led book clubs within federal penitentiaries across Canada. Currently, BCFI is facilitating 30 book clubs from Nova Scotia to British Columbia.

BCFI runs French and English language book clubs for men and women incarcerated in minimum, medium, and maximum-security facilities. Book clubs are usually made up of 10-18 members who meet once a month to discuss books, both fiction and non-fiction of literary merit. Every month, hundreds of inmates participate in book clubs across the country and each year thousands of brand new books are purchased, read, and discussed. |

Jacqueline Gumienny:

Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies


CAEFS is an association of self-governing, community-based Elizabeth Fry Societies that work with and for women and girls in the justice system, particularly those who are, or may be, criminalized. Together, Elizabeth Fry Societies develop and advocate the beliefs, principles and positions that guide CAEFS.

The association exists to ensure substantive equality in the delivery and development of services and programs through public education, research, legislative and administrative reform, regionally, nationally and internationally. | 190 Bronson Avenue, Ottawa ON K1R 6H4. | Tel: 613-238-2422

Emilie Coyle, Executive Director:



Founded in 1926 to monitor employment conditions and to establish standards of practice within the profession, the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) has evolved into a national voice. It promotes the profession of social work in Canada and advances social justice.

The CASW Federation is comprised of 10 provincial and territorial partner organizations. Its Board of Directors determines and oversees general and financial policies. With each provincial/territorial partner organization appointing one member to the Board, a unified voice for the Canadian social work profession is assured. The Board of Directors works from a national and, indeed, an international perspective to benefit the social work profession | M229 - 1554 Carling Avenue, Ottawa ON K1Z 7M4 | Tel: 613-729-6668

Fred Phelps, Executive Director:

Canadian Criminal Justice Association


CCJA was founded in 1919 and remains an independent national voluntary organization working for an improved criminal justice system in Canada.

Recognizing that the criminal justice system must serve the needs of all people, the Canadian Criminal Justice Association is an umbrella organization representing all elements of the criminal justice system, including the public. It exists to promote rational, informed, and responsible debate in order to develop a more humane, equitable, and effective justice system. | 101-320 Parkdale Ave. Ottawa ON K1Y 4X9 Tel: 613-725-3715

Irving Kulik, Executive Director, CCJA

Canadian Families and Corrections Network


CFCN focuses on families, children, and friends who have someone they care about in jail. Our mission is "to build stronger and safer communities by assisting families affected by criminal behavior, incarceration, and reintegration". Look around our website to see how we help by offering storybooks, information booklets, ground breaking research, unique programs, and strong policy development to strengthen the family unit and the lives of everyone in it. | PO Box 35040, Kingston ON K7L 5S5 | Tel: 613-541-0743

Louise Leonardi, Executive Director,

Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers Fostering Justice)


Founded in 1931, the Canadian Friends Service Committee (CFSC) is the peace and social justice agency of The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Canada.

CFSC works with others by offering direct practical assistance, engaging in policy dialogues with decision makers, analysis of situations through research, and via outreach and communications work to educate and engage around identified issues.

Canadian Quakers believe that justice must be compassionate and focus on how to heal rather than how to punish. This is what is called "penal abolition." In essence, working to put an end to punishment and harm throughout the criminal justice system. This is the ground from which our methods, processes, and partnerships emerge.
The Criminal Justice Committee, a program committee of CFSC, currently has two priority areas of work: the impacts on children and youth when their parents are incarcerated, and the benefits of alternatives to prisons and restorative justice approaches. | 60 Lowther Avenue Toronto ON M5R 1C7 Tel: (416) 920-5213

Nancy Russell, Criminal Justice Program Coordinator:

Canadian Psychological Association


Through all of its principles, policies and activities, the CPA's work is grounded in a vision that the science, practice and education of psychology has broad and deep relevance to public policy and the public good. In its role as psychology's national voice, the impact of the CPA's contribution will be measured by the focus and success of its activities, organized to support education and training in psychology, the development and application of research, and the accessibility of psychological practice and services.

The Criminal Justice Psychology Section (CJPS) represents members of the Canadian Psychological Association who work in a variety of criminal justice and forensic settings. These include corrections, law enforcement, the courts, hospitals, community mental health, and academic settings. We have installed Directors-at-Large who have been tasked with developing specific areas within criminal justice (police, courts, and clinical/training) in order to better meet the needs of those practicing and researching in those areas. | 702 - 141 Laurier Ave W. Ottawa ON K1P 5J3 | Tel: 1-888-472-0657

Pamela Yates, Director-at-Large (Criminal Justice Section): | 902-497-3617

Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime


Since 1993, the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime (CRCVC) has provided support, research and education to survivors of serious crime and stakeholders in Canada. The CRCVC provides support and guidance to individual victims and their families in order to assist them in obtaining needed services and resources, and advances victims’ rights by presenting the interests and perspectives of victims of crime to Government, at all levels. We also strive to foster heightened public awareness of victims’ issues, conduct research in the field of victimology and promote exchanges between professionals at the local, provincial and national level.

Victims of crime should be treated with courtesy, compassion and with respect for their dignity and privacy. We offer assistance and advocacy regardless of whether the perpetrator of the crime has been identified, apprehended, prosecuted or convicted. The CRCVC believes victims must be empowered to regain control of their lives.

We provide services to meet the diverse needs of all people regardless of race, colour, religion, place of origin, income level, marital status, family status, age, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity. | 100 – 141 Catherine Street Ottawa ON K2P 1C3 | Tel: 1-877-232-2610 or (613) 233-7614

Aline Vlasceanu, Executive Director:

Church Council on Justice and Corrections


The Church Council on Justice and Corrections (CCJC) is a national and ecumenical organization established in 1972. It brings together six denominations across Canada. Our churches nominate members from across Canada who have experience and expertise in the justice and correctional fields. We are a coalition for compassionate justice and corrections.

CCJC works with both multi-faith and non-religious partners and has achieved international recognition for its contributions to creative thinking about criminal justice. We have been promoting a different approach to justice and getting restorative justice on the agenda for decades now. | 223 Main Street (Laframboise Hall 353), Ottawa ON K1S 1C4 | Tel: 613-563-1688

Bonnie Weppler, Executive Director:



CoSA Canada is the Canadian national organization for Circles of Support and Accountability. We are a Canadian-made restorative justice program for individuals who have committed serious sexual offences. CoSA allows the community to play a direct role in the restoration, reintegration, and risk management of people who are often seen with only fear and anger.

CoSA trains volunteers to act as friends, to provide the supports to help ex-offenders succeed, hold them accountable for their behaviours, and work closely with police and mental health professionals to raise the alarm if necessary.
Many peer-reviewed studies have been done on CoSA, all showing the same outcome: dramatically lower rates of reoffending. These findings have encouraged the United Kingdom, United States, European Union, Brazil, South Korea and others to adopt our model. | 251 Bank Street, Suite 402, Ottawa ON K2P 1X2 |

Cliff Yumansky:

John Howard Society of Canada


The John Howard Society fills an important role in public education, community service and in pressing for reform in the criminal justice area. Currently there are branches and offices in over 60 communities across Canada, provincial offices in all 10 provinces and the Northwest Territories and a national office in Kingston.
In furtherance of its Mission, the Society:

  • works with people who have come into conflict with the law,
  • reviews, evaluates and advocates for changes in the criminal justice process,
  • engages in public education on matters relating to criminal law and its application, and
  • promotes crime prevention through community and social development activities.
| 809 Blackburn Mews Kingston ON K7P 2N6 Tel: 613-384-6272

Catherine Latimer, Executive Director,

Mennonite Central Committee Canada


Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) shares God's love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice.

MCC's restorative justice programs help individuals and churches find healthy ways to deal with harm and conflict, as well as respond to and prevent violence and sexual abuse. We also support healing processes through biblical reflection.

Some of our restorative justice programs include:

  • Support for families and churches dealing with pornography, sexual abuse and domestic violence
  • Circles of Support and Accountability: Volunteers meet with individuals with sexual offending histories, helping them transition back into communities
  • Prison visitation and reintegration initiatives: Support individuals during incarceration and as they return to the community
  • Publishing books and resources.
| 50 Kent Ave. Kitchener ON N2G 3R1 | Tel: 1-800-313-6226

Ken Grahlman:

Native Counselling Services of Alberta


From its origins as a single Courtworker program, NCSA has grown into an agency focused on social justice for Aboriginal people. For 45 years, NCSA has assisted Aboriginal people gain fair and equitable access to the justice, children's services and corrections systems in Alberta.

Native Counselling Services of Alberta's mission is to promote the resilience of the Aboriginal individual and family, through programs and services that are grounded in reclaiming our interconnectedness, reconciliation of relationships and self-determination. | 14904 121a Ave NW, Edmonton AB T5V 1A3 | Tel: 780-451-400

Marlene Orr:

Salvation Army


The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become one of the largest non-governmental direct providers of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and every day in 400 communities across Canada and more than 130 countries around the world.

It offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, provides shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction; and it exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs and be a transforming influence in the communities of our world. Its message is based on the Bible; its ministry is motivated by love for God and the needs of humanity. | Territorial Headquarters: 2 Overlea Boulevard, Toronto ON M4H 1P4 | Tel: 416.425.2111

Kester Trim, Government Relations Liaison:

St. Leonard's Society of Canada


SLSC is a membership-based, charitable organization dedicated to community safety. The first St. Leonard's transitional residence opened its doors in Windsor in 1962 to welcome people exiting prison and help them establish themselves in the community. The success of the program was soon recognized and it was duplicated in other cities, leading to the creation of the SLSC in 1967.

Today the SLSC Team provides policy and research work from Ottawa, to support our affiliate agencies across the country. | 208-211 Bronson Avenue Ottawa ON K1R 6H5 | Tel: 613-233-5170

Anita Desai, Executive Director:



United for Literacy is a national charitable literacy organization. We believe literacy is a right. We work with volunteers and community partners to give people the skills and confidence they need to reach their potential and contribute to society.

Low literacy skills are directly linked to poverty, poor health, and high unemployment. Our network of volunteers provides excellent and effective programming to improve literacy in communities across Canada, from coast to coast to coast. We value mutual respect and collaboration in all our relationships.

In order to achieve our mission, we are committed to finding and using innovative ways to reach the people who need us most. Our activities, programs, and services are inclusive of any individual for whom our assistance is welcome and needed. | 5 Jackes Avenue, Toronto ON M4T 1E2 | Tel: 416-923-3591

Angela Briscoe: | 514-528-1001

Associate Member Organizations

Associate Organizations are those organizations that meet most of the criteria and admission requirements set by the Board of Directors, subscribe to the objectives of the Corporation, pay the membership dues, and are admitted by a resolution of the Board of Directors as an Associate Organization. Associate Organizations are not eligible to designate any person to be a director of the Corporation but may attend general forums of the Corporation and are entitled to designate one person to vote at Annual and Special Meetings of Members of the Corporation. Normally, travel cost reimbursement that would be paid to Full members will not be paid to Associate members.





The Centre for Justice Exchange is a collective of academics, students, and volunteers who seek to create more collaborative understandings and practices of justice. Unlike our current punitive model of justice that individualizes and segregates people, we believe that safety and accountability is a collective concern whereby everyone should have access to resources, supports and information that help improve our wellbeing as well as opportunities to learn, grow and create. We imagine and realize such an approach to justice through the 1) sharing of resources and information, 2) constellations of support and 3) raising awareness and public education.

Part of our commitment in this approach is to ensure that those with the lived expertise and experiences are central to our work and growth. This includes those who have experienced all kinds of social harms and violence and who often have little or no access to mainstream systems of justice, including people in and out of prison. This work includes providing research on the criminal justice system, sharing information on community and legal supports and resources, collaborating on writing and advocacy projects, providing consultations and writing letters of support, among other things. | c/o Dr. Vicki Chartrand, Bishop's University, 2600 rue Collège, Sherbrooke QC J1M 1Z7

INCLUSION CANADA (formerly the Canadian Association for Community Living)


Inclusion Canada is a national federation of 13 provincial-territorial member organizations and over 300 local associations. Our national organizations include the Inclusion Canada Foundation, the Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society (IRIS), and Inclusive Education Canada (IEC). As part of an international federation, Inclusion Canada is a member of Inclusion International.

We are at the forefront of a national movement of people who believe in an inclusive Canada, one in which people with an intellectual disability and their families are equally valued and fully included in every aspect of community life. We are a grassroots family-based association with representation from across Canada, working in collaboration with our federation members and other national partners and disability organizations who share our vision of a Canada where everyone belongs. | c/o WeWork, 1 University Avenue, 3rd Floor, Toronto ON M5J 2P1 | Tel: 416-661-9611

Membership Criteria

NAACJ is comprised of national non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that meet the following criteria, and support NAACJ's activities and purposes:

  • Work in the field of social and criminal justice;
  • Maintain an identifiable membership governed by a board of directors which is distinct from government;
  • Recognize the importance of due process provisions in the law;
  • Value research as the basis for sound social policy;
  • Support social development rather than punitive responses to crime;
  • Operate on a national basis and for the good of the public;
  • Are supportive of human rights, the Charter, or otherwise be equality seeking; and,
  • Agree to attend meetings regularly and participate in NAACJ fora and events.

Organizations that meet most but not all of the criteria for Full Membership, or prefer not to have Full Membership status, are eligible to be Associate Members.

Full Member organizations designate an individual to be a director on NAACJ's Board, who is entitled to vote at all meetings of members on behalf of their organization.

Associate Member organizations are not eligible to designate a director, but may vote at Annual General Meetings (AGM) and special meetings of Members.

Every two years, a slate of nominations to the Board of Directors is prepared for the Membership prior to the AGM, where Full Members elect Directors for a two-year term.

Once the Board of Directors is acclaimed, it nominates and elects the Officers of the Corporation to form the Executive Committee, which oversees operations in between meetings of the Board of Directors.

NAACJ's Executive Committee, and ultimately the Board of Directors, governs the Association's operations.


Become a Member

Organizations that are interested in joining NAACJ are invited to contact Susan Haines, Executive Director, by phone 613-761-1032 or email

1 - You may view and download the membership application form here to submit by e-mail
2 - or you may complete the application online here via google forms