The ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC) is recognized as Canada’s preeminent alternative dispute resolution (ADR) professional organization.

ADRIC sets the standard for best practices for ADR in Canada. We support conflict resolution through arbitration, mediation and other forms of ADR, and provide leadership, value and support to our members.

ADRIC’s mission is to advance the practice and profile of ADR across Canada. We provide education and certification, promote ethical standards and professional competency, and advocate for all forms of ADR for public and private disputes.

Those seeking an ADR professional can choose an ADRIC member with confidence.

More than two thousand ADR practitioners across the country belong to ADRIC through affiliates in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces.

ADRIC is your professional body.

ADRIC provides its members with:

  • Recognized practice designations that include the Chartered Mediator (C.Med), Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb), Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb) and Qualified Mediator (Q.Med) designations. These designations assist the public to choose a practitioner who is practicing at a specific level and whose qualifications have been reviewed by a professional body for enhanced quality assurance.
  • A professional framework that includes standards for education and practice including a Code of Ethics and a Mediator’s Code of Conduct. This framework (which includes a Discipline and Complaint Procedure) provides the public with an important measure of protection. As a member of ADRIC, you are a member of a self-regulating and highly respected professional body.
  • Networking and educational opportunities.
  • Access to Introductory and “Gold Standard” training courses.
  • Preferred rates for professional liability, business and personal insurance.
  • A unified voice for ADR practitioners in speaking to government and the private sector.
  • Valuable marketing opportunities including listing on ADR CONNECT, a national database of members from which the public may select an ADR practitioner.
  • The National Mediation Rules and the ADRIC Arbitration Rules, which are widely accepted throughout Canada for the resolution of commercial disputes.

Click here for more information about your local ADRIC affiliate.

For Consumers of ADR services

ADRIC provides case administration services for parties with disputes that are governed by the ADRIC Arbitration Rules or National Mediation Rules. Benefits include the appointment of a mediator or arbitrator if the parties can’t agree on one. The Arbitration Rules also provide access to urgent relief when needed, and up-to-date procedural rules to ensure fair and timely decision-making.

Whether ADRIC administers the case or not, members of the public, lawyers and other professionals in need of ADR services can always consult ADR CONNECT or call our office for assistance in sourcing the ADR professional best suited to their needs.

In selecting a practitioner who is an ADRIC member you are assured of the member’s commitment to upholding ADRIC’s Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics. Take further confidence in selecting a member who has the Qualified Mediator, Qualified Arbitrator, Chartered Mediator or Chartered Arbitrator designation. These designations indicate the practitioner’s degree of skill and experience as a professional in the field.

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And use these links to learn more about the ADRIC Arbitration Rules and National Mediation Rules.