Members approved a member’s motion at the May 2, 2015 AIBC Annual Meeting “that council be requested to consider mandatory PLI for all members and registrants in practice.” Council formally confirmed its support for the motion and confirmed the Institute would pursue Professional Liability Insurance (PLI) on the basis that it would be “mandatory” and tied to Certificates of Practice (CoP).
As with all bylaw initiatives, council sought member input through an extensive spring 2017 consultation period. For 2.5 months, in-person and online sessions were scheduled in Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna, a questionnaire was distributed, and a PLI hotline was offered for those with specific, insurance-related questions.
Owing to the feedback received, several items were specifically identified and addressed. The bylaw language was streamlined and a means, through council rules, was added to handle (currently unforeseen) future scenarios where council may want to exempt or modify insurance requirements.
The thrust of the bylaws is the introduction of mandatory PLI for certificate of practice holders (i.e., architectural firms). Council rules would establish minimum amounts of coverage as well as the mechanism by which evidence of insurance is provided.
The voting period for the council-endorsed bylaws opened on June 13, and ended on July 13 at 4 p.m. (PDT). As with all bylaws, eligible members were encouraged to cast their ballot.
More than 80 per cent of voters were in support of the bylaws.
The PLI bylaws passed the government’s 45-day disallowance period at the end of August 2017, and are now in effect with compliance not required until the February 1, 2019 annual renewal deadline.
On January 15, 2018, AIBC Council approved, in principle, Council Rules 8: Terms and Conditions for Mandatory Professional Liability Insurance (PLI). The notification period for Council Rules began on January 18 and will run until February 22, 5 p.m. During the notification period, members and associates are invited to share their feedback or questions through an online feedback form. Council is expected to vote on these rules in March. If approved, the rules will be posted online.
For more information regarding the Professional Liability Insurance Bylaws Initiative, including a detailed history and results, please visit the Bylaw Review Archive webpage.