The proposed suite of Administrative Bylaws 2018 put forward for electronic vote have received the requisite 2/3 support from eligible voters.
Bylaw descriptions and approval rates:
- Architectural Firm Bylaws: 15.1 – 15.5, 16.2 and 16.4 approved by 93.3 percent of voters.
The amendments relate primarily to simplifying the information requirements for firms while bolstering the importance of such information in the regulation of the profession, including annual firm updates. Amendments also addressed requirements in the Architects Act for corporate firms, including shareholding requirements.
- Admission and Registration Bylaws: 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, 11.1 and 11.2 approved by 94.3 percent of voters.
Minor wordsmithing to the architect’s declaration or ‘oath’ and new bylaws 9.1. and 9.2 which provide for a consolidation, through council rules, of the current qualifications for registration as an architect.
- Fines and Fees Bylaw: 25.0 approved by 94.5 percent of voters.
A single fees and fines bylaw consolidates the two current bylaws and lists the fees and fines the institute currently establishes for the regulation of the profession. The amendment enhances transparency by identifying the current fees and fines an applicant or registrant may incur.
- Chapters Bylaw 8.1 approved by 94.5 percent of voters.
The Chapters bylaw amendments saw repeal of former chapters bylaws and adoption of a single bylaw that allows council to establish AIBC Chapters in accordance with council rules. The administrative, procedural requirements in the former bylaws will be addressed in council rules, which allow greater flexibility in chapter administrative and oversight.
With an overall eligible voter participation rate of 19.6 per cent, the Administrative Bylaws 2018 e-vote had a lower voter turnout compared to the previous PLI Bylaw initiative (36 per cent) of eligible voters. AIBC Council and the Bylaw Review Committee thank all members and honorary members who cast ballots; your active participation is important for the Institute governance.
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 June 19, 2018. The government has 45 days to consider whether to disallow the bylaws. Members will be notified when the bylaws become effective.