Toronto Society for Masonic Research


Canadian Prince Hall Recognition Policies


1991.08.13 The M.W. Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ontario and Jurisdiction offered to accord fraternal recognition  to all Canadian Grand Lodges. 


1992.03.21 The Conference of Grand and District Grand Lodges of Canada unanimously recommended the acceptance of [all] Prince Hall Affiliation Grand Lodges as approved by the Conference of Prince Hall Grand Lodges as being regular Masonic Grand Lodges.


1992.06.13 The Grand Lodge of Alberta "accepted all PHA Grand Lodges as approved by the Conference of PHA Grand Lodges as being regular Masonic Grand Lodges". 


1992.06.20 The Grand Lodge of Prince Edward Island "accepted all PHA Grand Lodges as approved by the Conference of PHA Grand Lodges as being regular Masonic Grand Lodges". This was interpreted as recognition for visitation purposes. (And the GLPE was included in the UGLE's PHA visit ban.)


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2007.06.23 The Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon approved the following:


RESOLUTION of Recognition:


WHEREAS this jurisdiction enjoys mutual recognition with the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge F.&A.M. of Connecticut, Inc.; the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge F.&A.M. of Oregon, Inc.; the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge F.&A.M. of Washington and Jurisdiction; and the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge F.&A.M. of Ontario and Jurisdiction.


AND WHEREAS this jurisdiction recognizes the historical legitimacy of Prince Hall Freemasonry as descended from African Lodge of Massachusetts.


BE IT RESOLVED that it shall be the policy of this Grand Lodge to recognize and to offer to enter into fraternal relations with any and all Prince Hall Grand Lodges which: (1) are recognized by the M.W. Prince Hall Grand Lodge F.&A.M. of Washington and Jurisdiction; and (2) have concluded an agreement, treaty or compact of mutual recognition with the Grand Lodge(s) who are members of the Conference of Grand Masters of North America with whom they share territorial jurisdiction.


PASSED 136th Annual Communication, 23 June 2007, Burnaby.



2008.07.16-17 The Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario


The following Constitutional Amendment was adopted (Section 4.(b) was added):


Jurisdiction of Grand Lodge


4. (a) Grand Lodge has Masonic Jurisdiction throughout the territorial limits of the Province of Ontario, and the province is divided into several Masonic districts. (2002)


4. (b) Any other provision of this code to the contrary notwithstanding, the Grand Lodge A.F. and A.M. of Canada in the Province of Ontario recognizes the M.W. Prince Hall Grand Lodge F. and A.M., Province of Ontario (and Jurisdiction)  and will consider recognizing more than one Grand Lodge in another jurisdiction if the mainstream Grand Lodge in that jurisdiction "chooses to waive its right to maintain exclusive jurisdiction and to permit concurrent jurisdiction." (2008)




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