CAA members are dedicated to upholding the highest standards of avalanche safety, and are committed to life-long learning and pursuit of excellence in their fields.


The Canadian public has the highest degree of confidence in the avalanche safety programs and services delivered by CAA members.


We ensure that our diverse membership of avalanche practitioners meets the highest standards, and adhere to best practices to secure the confidence of governments, industry and Canadians.

We do this by:

  • Protecting the public interest by ensuring members adhere to the CAA's Code of Ethics 
  • Representing CAA members who are professionally engaged in avalanche work in Canada
  • Maintaining, monitoring and enforcing standards of education and qualifications for continued membership in the association
  • Facilitating the exchange of technical information between persons engaged in avalanche safety programs
  • Supporting public avalanche awareness by acting as a resource base
  • Encouraging and promoting avalanche safety research and development
  • Providing professional avalanche education


Scope of Practice Statement, Bylaws, Code of Ethics & Implementation Guide


Every CAA member should understand the purpose of these governance documents and be familiar with them to meet his or her obligations.

  • The Scope of Practice Statement describes the profession by defining in broad, non-exclusive terms the range of services CAA members may perform, allowing the public, potential future members, other professionals, regulators and others to understand these services rapidly.
  • The CAA’s Bylaws outline the CAA’s governing powers with respect to members, and obligations and rights of members in the context of the association.
  • The Code of Ethics provides clear standards of ethical conduct that CAA members must meet to fulfil their duty to the public, employers, the association and fellow members.
  • The Code of Ethics Implementation Guide details each ethical standard in the Code for its meaning and implications to assist members in their daily practice; it may also serve all parties involved where an allegation comes forth that a member is in breach of one or more ethical standards of the Code.



Strategic Plan 2017-20


The CAA's Strategic Plan provides direction and focus to the organization's activities from 2017-2020. The Goals and Objectives set in the plan will determine the priorities for the CAA's programs and activities and provide guidance for the board of directors, committees and staff.


A key theme in the plan is that directing focus and resources towards achieving clear outcomes that define and advance professional avalanche practice in Canada is essential to meet the needs of the CAA's members, regulators and the general public.


The CAA is a not-for-profit Society under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act. Corporation number: 986135-1. The CAA is not a registered charity.



Governance Documents

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
CAA 2017-2020 Stratiegic Plan PDF (546.24 KB) Administration 2017-03-22
Bylaws PDF (726.91 KB) Administration 2020-07-06
Scope of Practice Statement PDF (323.63 KB) Administration 2014-07-29
CPD PDF (428.21 KB)  more ] Administration 2017-06-01
Code of Ethics PDF (116.3 KB) Administration 2014-07-29
Code of Ethics Implementation Guide PDF (779.64 KB) Administration 2015-03-02
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