CPAA Constitution



The name of the society is Canadian Polyamory Advocacy Association.


The purposes of the society are:

(a) To advocate on behalf of those who practice polyamory in the 2009 reference to the British Columbia Supreme court respecting the constitutionality of section 293 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

(b) To promote legal, social, government, and institutional acceptance and support of polyamory in Canada, and to advance the interests of the Canadian polyamorous community generally.

(c) To undertake campaigns in the courts, media, government, and society generally to achieve the purposes set out in clauses (a) and (b) above.

(d) To be eligible for membership in the society, a person must support the purposes of the society, but that person:

(i) does not have to practice polyamory;

(ii) need not have a past history of polyamorous experience; and,

(iii) may lack any intention to practice polyamory in the future.

(e) In this constitution, the term “polyamory” refers to the practice, desire, or acceptance of having more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved.

(f) Among the concepts critical to the understanding of consent and of ethical behaviour within polyamory are gender equality, self-determination, free choice for all involved, mutual trust, and equal respect among partners.

Dated January 3, 2009