2018 marked the 20 year celebration for the Foundation of Administrative Justice (FOAJ)! What started in 1998 as four courses in the province of Alberta has exponentially grown to a Canada-wide organization that now offers more than 45 courses with over 5,000 individuals trained. As we begin 2019, we want to take a moment and reflect on the success of the past year and look ahead to the exciting future for the FOAJ.

The Road to Success, a journey through the 20 year history of the FOAJ. Click to see the full-sized image.

It all began in 1998 when the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals organized a “Train the Trainer” for the Prairie Provinces (AB, SK, MB) so those provinces could begin offering their own administrative tribunal training.

By 2002, the society was incorporated and had an operational Board of Directors. As our rapid growth continued, new courses were created, an annual conference was established.

A significant milestone was reached in 2009. In 2009, the Certificate in Tribunal Administrative Justice (CTAJ™) was created. A first in Canada, this Certificate assists tribunals and participants to evaluate and support competencies in administrative justice roles. Since our first graduation ceremony in 2010, we have had over 600 individual graduates from the program!

In 2018, we celebrated 20 years and international expansion as five participants from Kenya attended  two courses in New Brunswick in February and returned to complete their CTAJ™ in Edmonton in the fall.

It is truly exciting to see how far we have come!

Get Involved with the FOAJ in 2019!

Our 2019 Course Schedule Calendar is now available. You can access it by clicking here. Start 2019 off right and make sure to plan your courses for the new year and work toward your CTAJ™.

There are three streams to the CTAJ™. As a participant, you can select the stream that best matches your role or career path.

These include:

  1. Tribunal Member (for the appointed or elected board members and decision makers)
  2. Administrator (for staff and other support personnel)
  3. Advocate (for clients, presenters and counsel).

After you have selected the stream best suited to you, you can begin to plan to complete the program. You can also work on your CTAJTM program on your own time with our e-learning courses. These courses mirror the in class experience and are a great way to pursue professional development while still keeping up with your responsibilities at work.  No travel time or expenses.

We look forward to another successful year for our organization. If you would like to learn more about how you can get involved in our courses, membership or other general questions, please contact us directly.

Who is the Foundation of Administrative Justice?

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, as they 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.

Tribunals also 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.

Certificate and Course Offerings

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 courses with an evaluation at the end of each course offering.

Our courses, including eLearning options, are offered on a regular basis throughout the year, to provide maximum flexibility for newly appointed members. These courses focus on interpreting laws, presenting and weighing evidence, holding effective hearings, and making and writing decisions. We provide the only comprehensive education for members, prospective members and staff of quasi-judicial boards and commissions across Canada, which includes northern and eastern provinces.

The training is designed and delivered by professionals who have been or are involved in administrative tribunals. Our course costs are favourable to course offerings from other organizations, because the Foundation operates on a non-profit basis.

Join Us

We 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 favourably on applicants who have completed FOAJ courses and the Certificate in Tribunal Administrative Justice™.

While the core of our students largely consist of individuals who are associated with tribunals, the Foundation provides effective education to those appearing before tribunals as well. We encourage you to become a member to receive a discount on course fees in addition to many other benefits.