The AIBC’s proposed Professional Liability Insurance (PLI) Bylaws put forward for electronic vote received overwhelming approval from the institute’s voting members, with 80.2 per cent of voters in support. The requisite 2/3 support for the bylaws was achieved.
The thrust of the proposed bylaws was the introduction of mandatory PLI for certificate of practice holders. PLI is a form of insurance that protects architects against claims by clients and third parties. Its purpose is to provide the necessary protection to defend and settle claims arising out of design services, field reviews, and other services customary to architects. The public is also protected through financial remedies for legitimate claims.
With a record-breaking overall participation rate of 36 per cent, the PLI bylaws e-vote had the highest voter turnout over the past four bylaw initiatives:
The high elector turnout is a testament to the importance of this bylaw initiative. The AIBC would like to thank all members and honorary members who made their voice heard during this process – your active participation and engagement is crucial for both the institute and the profession.
Under the Architects Act, notice of bylaw changes must be filed with the provincial government within seven days of passage. This filing took place on July 17, 2017. The government has 45 days to consider whether to disallow the bylaws.
More information and confirmation to members of final bylaw status will follow, as well as next steps and notification regarding the proposed PLI council rules.