About the Association
The Canadian Association of Forces Linemen (CAFL)
was formed in 1986 to provide a means of friendly association for active, former, and retired Canadian Armed Forces Linemen. It aims to foster amongst them a spirit of mutual helpfulness, uphold the ideals and traditions of the lineman trade, and to promote the welfare of the membership.
CAFL is governed by the current Constutition
and National Executive Committee (NEC)
, which is elected by members during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held every February. The NEC must consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, with other positions being created as necessary. To keep members informed and in the interest of transparency, the meeting minutes are published from the last AGM (the 30th in 2018)
, while older ones can be requested by members.
Underneath the NEC are seven Regions
that directly serve their local membership and handle events or matters specific to their area. If the lineman population is large enough within a Region then a Branch can established with approval by members and the NEC. Currently, the only Branch is Petawawa Branch.
All that is required for membership is to have passed a CAF Lineman apprenticeship course and submit an application form
. Those who do not have the course but who want to be involved regardless may apply to become associate (non-voting) members instead as per CAFL's Constitution
Benefits of membership include:
Members' Association dues and volunteer support are put towards:
- an Association card and pin;
- eligilbility to the CAFL Scholarship for themselves or family members (see below);
- a voice in Association meetings and initiatives;
- access to the Golden Spur newsletter, meeting minutes, member lists, and other CAFL publications;
- join a network of fellow Linemen who exchange information, reminisce, and promote the welfare of the trade; and
- pertinent information and events from various other communications organizations (CFSCE, 77LR, CFJSR, etc.).
- events (like fishing, BBQs, etc.) for fellow Linemen to come together and enjoy;
- assisting Linemen and their families in times of need or crisis;
- other charitable causes such as the Last Post Fund and Soldier On; and
- keeping our trade history alive by maintaining museum displays and monuments like the Pte Perry memorial.
CAFL Family Scholarship
The CAFL Family Sponsorship
was approved during the 16th AGM in 2005. It aims to provide financial assistance to a CAFL member or their sponsored dependant (spouse, children, grandchildren, brothers, or sisters) that is attending a recognized post-secondary institution full-time.
The scholarship is $300.00
and is awarded annually at the AGM from a random draw of all the applicants that have applied before the first of February. Those wishing to apply are invited to look at more details and application in this document