A Member Is ...

A member is someone who has paid either our annual membership fee or our once-only life membership fee.

$   20 per person
(2 or more persons
at one postal address)
$   30 per household
For Life
$ 200 per person (one-time contribution)

The Membership Year:  Membership begins in September and ends the following August. Single and Family memberships nominally expire, therefore, on 31 August.

Annual Renewal:  Please renew your membership as early as possible after 1 July. Individuals and households who have not renewed prior to 1 January of the following year will no longer be regarded as members of the Association.

Adjustments:  The fee for a membership taken up or renewed after 31 December is not pro-rated. A membership taken up or renewed in May or June will be applied to the next (Sept-Aug) Membership Year, as of course, will any membership taken up or renewed during July or August.

Other financial contributions:  Other contributions are entirely voluntary and always welcome. They may be dedicated to a specific award fund or left unspecfied. The latter are applied most often to our annual lecture series. Our Member's Application & Donation Form (accessed via a link below) includes a section for such additional contributions.

What do Members Receive from the Association?

Before continuing you may wish to read our Privacy Policy. You can unsubscribe to email or postal mailings at any time.

It's Easy to become a Member

Method 1:  A Direct Contribution Mailed-In Via Canada Post

Download this printer-friendly pdf version of the Member's Application & Donation Form.

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Follow the instructions provided on the Application form.

  • We ask for an email address so that we can notify you of forthcoming lectures and special events. You can unsubsribe to these electronic mailings at any time.
  • Please check all information for accuracy and completeness, particularly your postal and email addresses.
  • Be sure to date your application.
  • Make your cheque payable to "The Hamilton Association".
    • Be sure the amount entered on your cheque matches the total of the amount(s) listed on the form.
      Please, no post-dated cheques (and no cash donations via the mail).
  • Your membership becomes effective when your cheque clears our account.

Please inform the Association Secretary (or Treasurer) of any subsequent change to your email or postal address or other contact details. Doing so will enable us to keep you advised of forthcoming events and ensure that you obtain a receipt for tax purposes for your donation(s).

Contributions for charitable purposes are tax deductible at the rate prescribed by the Canada Revenue Agency. Our practice regarding the issuing of receipts for tax purposes is available on our Receipts page.

Method 2:  Online By Credit Card or PayPal via `CanadaHelps.org`

You can also donate securely online via "CanadaHelps.org", using either a credit card or PayPal.

Our step-by-step guide to donating via the CanadaHelps site.

Please note:  The Association receives 96.5% of the amount you donate via CanadaHelps. (The latter deducts a 3.5% processing fee before forwarding your donation to HAALSA.) We have,therefore, set the membership fees on our CanadaHelps page slightly higher than the amounts displayed above. Doing so ensures that the level of support we receive for a given membership category is roughly equal to what we receive from persons who make a direct donate to the Association.