Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • What are the benefits of membership?
  • When and where are meetings held at each level?
  • How are clubs run?
  • What are the duties of membership?
  • How much are membership fees?
  • What happens if a member moves away from her club?
  • What is the purpose of the provincial organization?   

  • What are the benefits of membership?

    A member of a local club is automatically also a member of the district, national, provincial, and international organizations; entitled to attend events, receive communications and contribute to policy development - all included in the single fee. Each club has its own calendar of events and committee activities for its members. For more information about the benefits of membership, click here to review the details of the Membership Model.

    When and where are meetings held at each level?

    • Most clubs meet once a month (with a break for the summer) and hold an Annual General Meeting in May along with a social event in spring or summer.
    • Each District holds its Annual General Meeting in the Fall, usually in October.
    • A Provincial Conference is usually held on the last weekend in May. The location is chosen by the host club, which changes every year.
    • The Canadian Federation holds a National Convention every two years, moving from West to Central Canada to the East. In alternate years, an Annual General Meeting is held usually in August.
    • The International Federation holds a Congress every three years.

    How are clubs run?

    Each club has its own Board of Directors or Executive as well as by-laws and regulations. The club's Board of Directors usually meets once a month. Club elections are conducted at the club's Annual General Meeting held in April or May.

    What are the duties of membership?

    Members in good standing are those who have paid their annual fees and continue to support the aims and objectives of the organization. They are encouraged to participate in committee work and stand for office as well as attend meetings, which are usually held once a month.

    How much are membership fees?

    Each club sets its own fees. The average is about $150 per year. This amount includes fees to the provincial organization and the national and international federations.

    What happens if a member moves away from her club?

    A member of any club in Canada can transfer her membership to any other club in Canada at no cost.

    What is the purpose of the provincial organization?

    As an advocacy group, BPW must address issues at the appropriate level of jurisdiction. BPW Ontario lobbies government and other organizations on matters of provincial concern on behalf of all its members across Ontario. Click here to access BPW Ontario's briefs to the government.

    BPW Ontario also holds membership/voice/voting privileges in other organizations within the Province to promote mutual interests. 

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    Why I'm a BPW Member

    • BPW supports and assists women to be all they can be, improving women's lives worldwide. The friendships I have made over the years keep me in BPW. – Kingston member since 1983.

    • BPW has definitely helped me grow as a person and a business woman.  I feel much more comfortable talking to groups and I have learned numerous business skills. My life is definitely richer in many ways. – Barrie member since 2004

    • I belong to several business and networking groups but I particularly enjoy BPW as the members are diverse, approachable and supportive with a common shared interest in women’s issues. - London member since 2012.

    • BPW is a true sisterhood of women who are always there for one another when needed.  Their community involvement is exemplary as is their dedication to the plight of less fortunate women everywhere.  - Brampton member since 2002.

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