In an ever-changing world, a fraternity like the Shriners International provides you with a sense of belonging and a network of lifetime friends. The Shriners aim is to have fun with a purpose – raising much needed funds to assist the Shriners Hospitals for Children®.

Who Should Become a Shriner?

Good men who aspire to a better, more full life. Those who would like to help the less fortunate, and those who want to create bonds of brotherhood and friendship with men of similar belief. You must believe in God, but the interpretation and manner of worship is left to each invidual to decide. You must be an adult, of 21 years of age.

How Do You Become a Shriner?

The first thing to realize is that all Shriners are Freemasons and you must be a Master Mason in good standing with a lodge recognized by the Grand Lodge of Alberta. If you are already a Freemason, please contact the Al Azhar Shrine Centre office ( to request a petition form for you to fill out and submit to us.

Have Questions?

That’s perfectly understandable and we are happy to answer any questions you might have. We’ve posted some answers to frequent questions below.  Should you have any others, email or office (

Do I need to be invited to join?

No, indeed the opposite is true – you need to ask. In order to become a Shriner you first must be a Freemason, and our fraternity discourages solicitation of new members. The act of asking to join is an important first step that must be taken freely.

How much does it cost?

The cost to join Freemasonry varies by lodge – there is an initiation fee and annual dues. In order to join Al Azhar Shriners, there is a similar initiation fee (& cost of a Fez) as well as annual dues.

Can my wife join with me?

Freemasonry and the Shriners are open to men only, but both organizations value family and have affiliated bodies that are open to women. Social events are almost always open to wives and children.

Membership Website

More information can be found by going to the following website: