Membership in the Green Party of Canada (GPC) gives you more than a warm feeling inside! You can:
- Influence Green Party policy development at national and local levels
- Vote to choose your next Green Party candidate for Member of Parliament
- Vote in elections of Green Party officials at national and local levels
- Keep up to date with Green Party activities at both national and local levels
- Access member-only pages on the Green Party of Canada website
If you live within the boundaries of the Saanich-Gulf Islands Electoral District, you automatically become a member of the Saanich-Gulf Islands Electoral District Association (SGI EDA) by joining the GPC.
Becoming a member:
Any citizen or permanent resident of Canada, who is at least fourteen (14) or older, is eligible for membership in the Party, with full voting rights, provided the person is not a member of any other political party. (GPC Constitution and Bylaws, Bylaw 1.1.1)
A nominal donation (eligible for an income tax credit) is required when you sign up to become a member. Signing up for a monthly donation with your membership is the most effective way to support the GPC. Alternatively you can sign up for a one-year membership with a donation of $10 or more, or a three-year membership with a donation of $25 or more.
To become a member, sign up here and your donation will be directed to the local SGI EDA. Alternatively, you can sign up here and your donation will go to the national GPC office. Either way, you become a member of the national GPC and the SGI EDA.
Please note that it helps if you always use the same email address when communicating with the national office and the EDA.
After signing up for membership, be sure to also register a user account on the GPC website (with your own username and password) to get access to members-only pages.
You can check the status of your membership under "My Profile" after logging in to the GPC website. If you cannot remember your login or have not yet created an account, just follow the prompts.
Being a member:
As a member in good standing for at least 30 days in the Green Party of Canada, you are eligible to attend General Meetings held at least once every two years, and participate in and vote on national issues including:
- Policy and motion development
- The election of the GPC's Federal Council
- Leadership reviews
- Leadership elections (see Bylaw 2.1.3)
As a member in good standing for at least 30 days in the SGI EDA, we invite you to participate in the governance and policy development of the EDA. This includes attending our Annual General Meeting (AGM), usually in June, participating in one or more ways as a volunteer, and voting to elect the volunteers who form the Executive Committee, which governs the EDA and manages its budget. The EDA is guided by its own Vision and Values, and a Constitution and Bylaws, which were developed by the members.
Globally, all Green parties and their members are encouraged to follow (and help to further develop) the principles in the Charter of the Global Greens, which was adopted in 2001 and updated in 2012.
Who's Who in the organization:
The GPC is governed by a Federal Council, which is elected from and by the national members. It has a head office in Ottawa, staffed by a team of dedicated professionals under the direction of the Executive Director. Head office provides support to EDAs and Green Party election candidates and Members of Parliament (MP) across the country, organizes biennial conventions, supports development of GPC policies and campaign platforms, and maintains the GPC website and other information platforms.
The SGI EDA is governed by an Executive Committee consisting of local volunteers, elected from and by SGI EDA members. It is run by volunteers who provide support to our local candidate and current MP, Elizabeth May, and promote Green initiatives locally. During federal elections this includes setting up and running a campaign office.