The Canadian Battery Association (CBA) has 5 different membership categories.
The first membership category is the Manufacturers and they manufacturer, distribute and wholesale consumer and industrial lead-acid batteries across Canada. The Manufacturers established the CBA in 1971 and they are the driving force behind the Association's different programs. Currently the primary focus of the Manufactures is to establish and national Environmental Stewardship program for the recycling of lead-acid batteries.
The second category of CBA member is the National Distributor or Smelter. These CBA members distribute and sell batteries across Canada or are manufacturers of products that contain lead-acid batteries or are the large smelters that recycle lead-acid batteries.
The third category of CBA member is the Provincial Distributor. These members distribute and retail lead-acid batteries within a Province or they are an Association representing the Provincial brandowners of products (e.g., vehicles) that contain lead-acid batteries.
The fourth category of CBA member is the Associate Member. These members do not have any direct "stewardship" obligations but voluntarily support the CBA through membership. Associate Members includes brandowners in non-regulated Provinces and carriers and recyclers of lead-acid batteries.
The fifth category of CBA member is the Dealer. The dealer tupically sells a product (e.g., vehicles) that contains a lead-acid battery and consequently meets the definition of "steward" in BC and Manitoba. If the dealer sells a product that contains a lead-acid battery that has been reported by a Provincial or National member, then membership in the CBA is not required.