In 1979, the Community Service Order Association was initiated as an organization that would support all members who were involved in the delivery of Community Service in communities throughout Ontario.
Community Service is a court ordered disposition, requiring offenders to perform a specific number of volunteer hours at a non-profit or taxed based agency within the community. These programs have become an integral community based component of the justice system and serve both adult and young offenders (12-17 inclusive).
In September 1992, the Association received full membership support to change its name to Ontario Community Justice Association (O.C.J.A.) and expand its membership to include all other community based, non-residential programs affiliated with the Criminal Justice System.
The "Association" was issued Patent (899340) under the Ontario Corporation Act in 1990, and received "Charitable Status" in January 1994.