The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) is a professional, voluntary organization formed in 1896 to serve as the voice for all members of the Canadian legal profession.

The Association has been in continuous existence in its present form since 1914. It was incorporated by a Special Act of Parliament on April 15, 1921.

The Manitoba Bar Association was formed in 1911.  A Winnipeg Bar Association had been in operation since June 1906.  On November 10, 1911, during a dinner meeting of the Winnipeg Association, it was decided that the Association would expand to a province-wide organization.