Member organizations

Become a member

ASRSQ members enjoy the support and services provided by the organization, in addition to being represented by it to the government authorities.

Our members are non-profit organizations working in the fields of social and community-based reintegration of adult offenders and crime prevention.

Future members

  • General eligibility requirements

    • Subscribe to the objectives and direction of the ASRSQ.
    • Be a non-profit community organization, as proven by:
      • Having an autonomous board of directors, mainly formed of community members acting as such, individually and independently;
      • Being responsible for its administrative management at the general assembly.
    • Be in operation.
    • Abide by the Association’s Standard of conduct.
    • Pay the annual subscription fee as set by the board of directors.
  • Subscription process

    • Send a written subscription request to the Association’s general management.
    • Enclose a copy of your chart, general guidelines, list of administrators, the previous year’s financial statement and activity report.

    Once the documentation is received, the management assesses the content and sends a recommendation to the board of directors. The organization will then receive a written notice with the final decision. If the candidate is accepted as a member, it will have the opportunity to be mentored for a smooth integration.

  • Ethical code

    Introduction

    The Association des services de réhabilitation sociale du Québec’s ethical code was designed to present the values and conduct guiding and supporting the members and their representatives, employees and administrators. The Code will help maintain and strengthen the trust of the partners and the population towards the integrity of the active penal justice community network represented by the Association. It also serves to consolidate the respect and recognition of the role it is invited to play within the communities serviced by the member organizations.

    Philosophy and values

    The ASRSQ is a democratic association of autonomous non-profit community organizations that are committed to the well-being of their communities and society at large. Therefore, the cornerstone of its actions is the citizen participation, including offenders, in issues of delinquency, in partnership with governments and other community social groups. It is based on the following values and principles:

    • Sensible citizen participation is the basis of a fulfilled community life.
    • Everyone has the ability to take charge of their destiny.
    • Offenders are people in their own right.
    • The criminal justice system must contribute to the development and preservation of a just, peaceful and safe society.
    • Interventions with individuals must be guided by justice, moderation and equality.
    • Social reinsertion of adult offenders is an essential component of crime prevention and public safety.
    • Victims of criminal acts are important players in the criminal justice system.
    • The ASRSQ representatives must highlight the potential social benefits of offenders, while assisting in the reduction of possible social risks they might represent.
    • The ASRSQ member organizations’ mission is included in a social blueprint in which mankind is placed at the centre. Their actions are guided by a spirit of engagement, cooperation and human accountability, which implies a volunteering aspect to their actions.
    • The adult offender is a member in his/her own right of a community and citizen of a society, who, however, can only assume his/her autonomy and responsibilities with difficulty.
    • The offender is the first, but not the only, responsible for the crime they committed.
    • Effective crime prevention is based on an array of interventions based on democracy, equal opportunity, well-being, assertiveness, respect of individual rights and diversity acceptance.
    • Clinical intervention of offenders aims to preventively contribute to the peaceful resolution of conflicts caused and revealed by committing a crime.

    Ethical code

    This ethical code applies to each of the Association des services de réhabilitation sociale du Québec’s member organizations and their administrators, employees, volunteers and interns. As members, these organizations have agreed to:

    • Actively support the Association by knowingly adhering to its objectives, policies and operation.
    • Fulfill its commitment and obligations to the Association.
    • Meet its goals through means that are in accordance with public interest and existing laws.
    • Promote and advocate for the highest standard of conduct in their own organizations and within the Association.
    • Acknowledge and fulfill their responsibilities pertaining to the laws and regulations of the activities and principles within their organization and the Association.
    • Aim for excellence in all aspects of the management, individual interventions and relationship with their partners.
    • Only resort to legal and ethical methods to carry out their organization’s or the Association’s activities.
    • Respect confidentiality measures regarding all confidential information given or communicated during their duties at the Association.
    • Notify the Association as quickly as possible of any conflict of interest.
    • Collaborate by any reasonable and appropriate means with other Association member organizations and work together toward its development.
    • Act at all times in the respect of the network’s collective interest.
    • Take any opportunity to raise awareness amongst citizens on the role of the Association and its network.

    Suspension or expulsion

    The Association des services de réhabilitation sociale du Québec’s board of directors can suspend or expel any member or member representative that:

    • Does not comply with the objectives and direction of the Association;
    • Does not comply with the commitments or obligations as member or member representative;
    • Does not comply with the Association’s ethical code;
    • Acts against the Association’s best interests;
    • Fails to, without proper cause, pay its annual subscription fee;
    • Does not meet one or many eligibility criteria necessary to hold a membership.

    The member or member representative targeted by a possible suspension or expulsion will be notified of the considered measure and the reasons behind it, as well as of its right to be heard by the board of directors before a final decision is taken. In this regard, the organization, and in the case of a member representative, the organization and the latter will be informed of the location, date and time of the board of directors meeting during which the suspension or expulsion measure will be treated.