His Highness Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili
Conciliation and Arbitration Board for Canada


Throughout history, the Ismaili Community has maintained a tradition of resolving disputes and differences through an entirely voluntary process of mediation, conciliation and arbitration.

The ethic of fair mediation is frequently expounded in the Holy Qu’ran which says:
“He who shall mediate between people for a good purpose shall be the gainer by it. But he who shall mediate with an evil mediation shall reap the fruit of it. And Allah keepeth watch over everything.” (4.85)

On December 13, 1986, the Constitution of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, ordained by His Highness Prince Aga Khan, established a dispute resolution system whereby Conciliation and Arbitration Boards (CAB) would operate at the regional, national and international levels. Currently, the CAB system operates in 18 jurisdictions around the world.

In Canada, there is a National Board (NCAB) and five Regional Boards (RCAB) (British Columbia, Edmonton, Prairies, Ontario and Quebec and the Maritime Provinces). The primary objective of CAB is to provide dispute resolution services to the Jamat in the areas of commercial, matrimonial and family matters, including those relating to matrimony, children of marriage, matrimonial property, and testate and intestate succession.

CAB also works with other Ismaili Institutions in the areas of dispute prevention, conflict management and addressing issues that arise during and after the dispute resolution processes.

CAB’s guiding principles are to:

  • Resolve disputes equitably within the framework of the Islamic concepts of unity, universal brotherhood, justice, tolerance and goodwill.
  • Handle disputes fairly, speedily, confidentially, courteously and without excessive cost, and within a culturally sensitive environment.
  • Excel as an alternate dispute resolution body with the goal of being recognized, admired and respected within and outside the Jamat; especially by the Canadian judicial system.
  • Strive for harmony, unity and the overall well-being of the Jamat through dispute resolution, dispute prevention and Institutional collaboration.
  • Be ethical, effective and efficient.

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For more information, please contact your Regional Conciliation and Arbitration Board:

Ontario (including Ottawa)

416-751-4001 ext. 607

Quebec and Maritimes

514-738-8866 ext. 300

British Columbia

604-438-4010 ext. 631


403-215-6200 ext. 7321


780-461-2000 ext. 7