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DSA MEMBERSHIP

Your mark of trust & integrity.

In an industry that enjoys a competitive edge over many consumer–oriented companies, it's not always easy to keep up on new regulations and issues that will impact your company. The Canadian DSA is a well–positioned advocate, embodying the best in business – fair play, consumer protection, passion, and a culture of shared information and prosperity. Membership in the DSA is your commitment – a proud banner declaring that you uphold these ideals in your corporation. Joining the DSA is your chance to strengthen the industry. The Association supports nearly 40 companies, and close to 600,000 independent sales contractors Canada–wide that they represent. Joining the DSA is your renewable investment in an industry that generated over $2 billion in yearly sales – over 2/3 of which is generated by DSA member companies!

DID YOU KNOW? THE DSA REPRESENTS MORE THAN 2/3 OF THE DIRECT SELLING INDUSTRY?

600,000 ISCs

from nearly 40 companies

800,000

Canadian provided earning opportunities

$2B+ SALES

READY TO JOIN? BECOME A MEMBER TODAY.

DSA MEMBER BENEFITS

Your Return on Investment

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

The DSA has its finger on the pulse of government at all levels; monitoring issues, consulting regulatory bodies and officials, and government relations on behalf of the industry. We provide a collective voice to ensure an open marketplace in which our member companies and their Independent Sales Contractors (ISCs) can conduct business, reviewing proposed legislation that affects such things as product regulations, and monitoring provincial and municipal licencing/permit requirements, etc.


Our track record from a government relations perspective includes such successes as:

        ·        Harmonization of provincial direct selling legislation;

·        Amendments to the Competition Act;

·        Creation of the Direct Selling Alternate Collection Mechanism for GST;

·        Annual appearances before House of Commons committees, including pre-budget          consultations;

·        Well-attended annual receptions on Parliament Hill for all MPs and Senators and                meetings with MPs;

·        Meetings with senior representatives from the Prime Minister’s Office.

Ensure our voice is heard at all levels of government. 

NETWORKING 

There's nothing like face–to–face and, in the “fun” that DSA disguises as networking, you'll enjoy events as you meet member company contacts. Sharing ideas and brainstorming issues is a great way to build strong relationships, even friendships.  When you have a burning question about your business, check the Member Directory, pick up the phone, and tap into the best practices and experiences of your peers.

 Networking Opportunities:

        ·         Annual Conference

        ·         Education/Seminar Sessions (tri-annual)

        ·         Holiday Reception

        ·         Charity Give Back Day (Food Bank) 

RESOURCES

·       Social Economic Impact Study

·       Bi-annual Legislative Tracking Sheet

·       Provincial/Territorial Licensing/Permits Document

·       Provincial/Territorial Packaging/Product Stewardship Chart

·       Canada’s Anti-spam Legislation Compliance Toolkit

·       Strategic Plan (5 year operation plan) Brochure

·       Brochures for ISCs and companies

·       Codes of Ethics and Business Practices brochure and booklet

·       Use of the DSA Logo- Tagline (Mark of Trust and Integrity) and link to the Codes of Ethics and Business Practices

·       Presentation material from conferences and seminars for attendees

·       Member surveys and statistics

·       World Federation of Direct Selling Associations (WFDSA) Information and statistics

·       Legal Compendium

·       Case Studies

·       Introduction to Establishing a Direct Selling Business in Canada

EDUCATION

Whether it's the DSA's Annual Conference, or education sessions and seminars throughout the year, members benefit from the DSA's unique industry perspective in regards to business trends and best practices.

COMMUNICATIONS

The DSA has a very effective communications’ system that keeps our members “in the know” through the use of instant e-News Blasts and Alerts. 

WEBSITE

Key components that add value for an active member:

        ·         Member directory
        ·         Visibility
        ·         Tie into the Codes of Ethics and Business Practices (assurance)
        ·         Members’ Corner
        ·         Career Centre 

SOCIAL MEDIA

The DSA is very active on social media, and we currently have over 3,000 likes on Facebook. The audience consists of member company representatives, suppliers, ISCs and the general public who have an interest in the direct selling industry. 

AFFINITY (SAVINGS) PROGRAM

The Association negotiated a 40% savings for an affinity program for company employees and their ISCs called DSA MemberPerks. There are discounts on everything from tickets and dining to shoes and travel. There are over 1,200 discounts for brand name stores, local shops and attractions nationwide.

DIRECT SELLING EDUCATION FOUNDATION

There is a yearly Scholarship program for ISCs along with member company employees, and their sons and daughters. View 2015 Recipients

LEGAL REVIEW OF MARKETING MATERIALS

Complimentary legal review during the application stage of the potential member’s marketing materials to ensure compliance with direct sales legislation and sections of the Competition Act and if necessary, recommendations provided for the company. 

COMPLIANT RESOLUTION

For the protection of our members, the DSA has a process to handle complaints from consumers, ISCs or from a member company.   The Association has a Code Administrator who is not connected to the DSA and acts independently from the DSA.   All member companies have agreed to honour his/her decisions.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

The Association, on behalf of its members at large, participates in industry Public Relations activities to ensure our voice is heard and a positive image is maintained for our industry sector. 

WFDSA

On behalf of its members at large the DSA contributes to relevant WFDSA activities.

SUPPLIER MEMBER BENEFITS

Exclusive benefits of being a supplier member:

  • Excellent access to potential customers, clients and contracts
  • Listed in the member listing and the supplier directory
  • Posted on the DSA web site
  • Participation in Association meetings and conferences (Supplier members are non-voting)

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