Membership

Individual Membership and Affiliateship

The CAP has two categories under which individuals can join the Association:

  • Member (with voting rights)
  • Affiliate (with no voting rights)

Members and affiliates are represented by the CAP Board of Directors and by members on the CAP Advisory Council including Chairs of Divisions and standing Committees, Regional Councillors, and Councillors representing the various categories of membership/affiliateship.

Membership/affiliateship applications may be reviewed by the CAP Membership and Affiliateship Committee, which reserves the right to refuse membership/affiliateship to any individual when it would not be in the interests of the individual or the Association.

Fees for the various membership/affiliateship sub-categories are available on the fees page.


INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP: CATEGORIES AND REQUIREMENTS

Regular member:  Regular membership is open to individuals who self-identify as physicists. The minimum requirements for regular membership are:

  • Bachelor's or higher degree from a recognized university in physics or a related field (e.g. Applied Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics); or
  • the equivalent of four full years of experience in physics or a related field of a nature deemed satisfactory by the Membership and Affiliateship Committee.

Regular members are entitled to all the rights and privileges of the Association, including holding office on the Advisory Council and Board of Directors and voting for positions on these two bodies.

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High school/CEGEP/College[1] (HSCC) teacher member: HSCC teacher membership is open to individuals who self-identify as physics teachers at a Canadian high school, CEGEP, or college. The minimum requirements for HSCC teacher membership are:

  • is employed primarily as a physics teacher in a Canadian high school, CEGEP or college; or
  • is a former physics teacher who is now working as an administrator in a Canadian high school, CEGEP or college; or
  • has other experience or qualifications related to the teaching of physics deemed acceptable by the Membership and Affiliateship Committee.

HSCC teacher members enjoy substantially reduced membership fees. They are entitled to all the rights and privileges of the Association, including holding office on the Advisory Council and Board of Directors and voting for positions on these two bodies.

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Joint regular member: The CAP has joint membership agreements with the following partner societies:

  • The Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC);
  • the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists (COMP);
  • The Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA).

The requirements for joint regular membership are:

  • fulfills the requirements for regular membership;
  • membership is currently in good standing with one of the above partner societies.

Reduced membership fees are offered by both societies to joint regular members (see fees page). Joint regular members are entitled to all the rights and privileges of the Association, including holding office on the Advisory Council and Board of Directors and voting for positions on these two bodies.

Should a joint regular member let their membership in the partner society lapse, their CAP membership will be temporarily suspended until they either renew their membership with the partner society or pay the difference in membership fees to bring their CAP membership to regular member status.

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Graduate student member:  Graduate student membership is open to Canadian graduate students in physics. The requirement for graduate student membership is:

  • currently enrolled as a Master's or PhD student in physics or a related field in a Canadian university.

Graduate student members enjoy substantially reduced membership fees. In addition, the graduate student membership fee is waived for the first year of CAP membership. Graduate student members are entitled to all the rights and privileges of the Association, including voting privileges for all positions on the Advisory Council and Board of Directors. Graduate student members are entitled to hold only the position of Councillor representing Graduate Student Members.

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[1] "College" refers to non-degree-granting post-secondary institutions such as technical colleges or community colleges


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AFFILIATESHIP: CATEGORIES AND REQUIREMENTS

Affiliateship is open to individuals who are currently studying for an undergraduate physics degree, and to individuals who have an interest in physics but whose primary professional training is not in physics or a related field that would qualify them for regular membership.

Regular affiliate:  The requirements for regular affiliateship are:

  • does not fulfill the requirements for any membership categories as described under Individual Membership;
  • does not fulfill the requirements for undergraduate student affiliateship as described below;
  • has an interest in physics and a desire to support the CAP.

Regular affiliates are entitled to all the rights and privileges of the Association except the rights to vote and to hold office.

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Undergraduate student affiliate:  Undergraduate student affiliateship is open to undergraduate students in a Canadian physics program. The requirement for undergraduate student affiliateship is:

  • full-time registration in an undergraduate program in physics or a related field, subject to approval by the Membership and Affiliateship Committee.

There is no fee for an Undergraduate student affiliateship for students at a Canadian university. Undergraduate Student Affiliates are entitled to all the rights and privileges of the Association except:

  • Subscription to Physics in Canada;
  • the rights to vote and hold office, with the exception of voting for and holding the office of Councillor representing Student Affiliates.

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SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

  • All members and affiliates who pay an annual additional fee of $100 will be designated as Sustaining Members (or Affiliates) of the Association .
  • Reduced fees are offered to regular members or regular affiliates who have obtained their highest degree within the last four years and also to active/past-active regular members or regular affiliates who are retired.
  • Active/past-active regular members who are temporarily unemployed are entitled to apply for a reduced membership fee.  If granted, the fee will be effective for one membership year only. If the member's circumstances remain unchanged at the end of that year, they may request continued renewal at this rate for an additional two years (maximum of three consecutive years at this rate), after which the member must either return to Regular Member status or temporarily resign. The decision to grant this membership rate lies solely with the Membership and Affiliateship Committee and is final.