The proposed suite of Code of Ethics and Administrative Bylaws put forward for electronic vote have received the requisite 2/3 support of eligible voters that casts ballots.
Under the Architects Act, notice of bylaw changes must be filed with the provincial government within seven days of approval. This filing took place on August 22, 2019. The government has 45 days to consider whether to disallow the bylaws. Registrants will be notified when the bylaws become effective. A revised bylaw document will be published on the AIBC website after the effective date.
The Code of Ethics and Administrative Bylaw e-vote had a voter participation of 17.7 percent or 386 voters. AIBC Council and the Bylaw Review Committee thank all registrants who cast ballots; your active participation is important for the governance of the AIBC.
Bylaw descriptions and approval rates:
Code of Ethics: Professional Engagement Bylaws 28.0 and 28.1 were approved by 81.4 percent of voters.
Amendments to Bylaw 28.0 incorporate three council rulings found in Bylaw 34.10. These rulings require that an executed contract be in place before providing services, and PLI and bylaw compliance notification. Amendments to Bylaw 28.1 include syntax updates and the removal of reference to the “Canadian Standard Form of Agreement Between Client and Architect”. AIBC Council will be updating the list of approved standard form agreements for posting on the AIBC website in September.
Code of Ethics: Copyright Bylaw 28.3 was approved by 80.6 percent of voters.
Bylaw 28.3 will be repealed when the bylaws become effective.
Code of Ethics: Reporting and Disclosure Bylaw 32.5 was approved by 81.6 percent of voters.
Amendments to Bylaw 32.5 clarify the obligation to report (including self-report) in relation to: the illegal practice of architecture; breaches of any standard related to competency, professional conduct, or public safety; bankruptcy/insolvency; findings or admissions of unprofessional conduct in other jurisdictions; being charged under the Criminal Code; and defending legal proceedings related to competency and ethics.
Code of Ethics: Architectural Competitions Bylaws 34.11 and 34.12 were approved by 94 percent of voters.
The amendments to Bylaws 34.11 and 34.12 replace reference to the RAIC “Canadian Rules” for competitions document with architectural competition rules, or another arrangement approved by council.
Investigations and Discipline Bylaws 36.3, 36.21, 36.22, 37.2, 37.16, and 37.31 were approved by 91.5 percent of voters.
Minor amendments update six bylaws related to the investigation and discipline process. The primary changes include: clarifying the authority and publication requirements for “costs” of the consensual resolution process; confirming the AIBC’s discretion whether to pursue ‘potential complaints’ that may be unfounded; and removing the requirement that disciplinary hearings be held only at the AIBC offices.
Honorary Members Bylaws 12.0 and 12.1 were approved by 95.6 percent of voters.
Amendments to the Honorary Member bylaws see a process change which allows for the conferral of honorary members by electronic vote, rather than in-person at the Annual Meeting.