About Us

Another type of school to help with the ABCs…and other tribunals.

The Foundation of Administrative Justice provides essential educational courses for Canadian tribunals and the people who appear before them.  These administrative tribunals have a tremendous influence on the day-to-day lives of Canadians, arguably even more so than the criminal or civil courts do.  As part of the broad quasi-judicial system, these tribunals decide rights and entitlements related to licensing, status of people and things, and money and benefits owed. They are often known as the ABCs, or agencies, boards, and commissions of the federal and provincial governments.  But tribunals also include public-sector appeal bodies and committees for municipalities, colleges, and universities.  They reach into the private sector through appeal and discipline committees for professional organizations, sports groups, unions, and other associations.  Perhaps your business has had to take out a liquor license; maybe you want to appeal a municipal development decision; you may have been involved in a labour dispute, or have had an issue with your doctor or teacher.  Tribunals are involved, and often central, in all these cases.  Our foundation can help you understand all aspects of these various tribunals.

The Foundation of Administrative Justice offers a Certificate program: Certificate in Tribunal Administrative Justice (CTAJ™). This Certificate assists tribunals and participants to evaluate and support competencies in administrative justice roles.  The certificate is a comprehensive collection of our FOAJ’s courses with an evaluation at the end of each course offering with 3 streams: Tribunal Member, Advocate, or Administrator.

Our course costs are favourable compared to course offerings from other organizations, because the Foundation operates on a non-profit basis.  We provide the only comprehensive education for members, prospective members and staff of quasi-judicial boards and commissions across Canada.  The Foundation has instructors based in British Colombia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Yukon and the Northwest Territories, with experience in their respective administrative justice systems.  Our courses are offered on a regular basis throughout the year, to provide maximum flexibility for tribunals that have newly appointed members.  These courses focus on interpreting laws, presenting and weighing evidence, holding effective hearings, decision making and decision writing.

Justice-2We encourage you to consider our education, particularly if you are involved in administrative tribunal work, or if you want to prepare for potential appointment to an ABC.  Employers look favorably on applicants who have completed FOAJ courses and the Certificate in Tribunal Administrative Justice™.  While tribunal associated people are the core course participants, the foundation also can provide effective education to those appearing before tribunals. We also welcome your participation in our professional society and encourage you to become a member.

Paul Owens
Chair, Foundation of Administrative Justice