The AIBC is moving into the next phase of the Professional Governance Act (PGA) transition: bylaw review and consultation.
The major component of the transition is the development of new bylaws which meet the requirements of the PGA. Over the past several months, the Institute has been reviewing and recrafting AIBC bylaws, with recent review assistance from the Bylaw Review Committee. We have also been collaborating and discussing the amendments with the Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance (OSPG).
In the coming months, proposed new and updated bylaws will be shared with architects and other registrants through a multi-phased bylaw review process. Rounds of bylaws will be presented via the website and Notices – registrants will then have the opportunity to provide feedback through surveys, email or consultation sessions. Please note there will be no voting, as per PGA requirements; however, the AIBC encourages registrants to be actively engaged in the process and provide feedback.
Registrants can expect that in 2022, the AIBC will be fully transitioned to the PGA.
PGA Questions and Answers
The AIBC has compiled a list of PGA transition questions, which are available on the AIBC website. While more detailed information will be shared in the coming months through the bylaw review process, the FAQs cover general topics such as upcoming changes to the Continuing Education System and Council Governance:
• Will there be any changes to the CES Program?
Yes – mandatory continuing education programs that support Indigenous Reconciliation will be required under the PGA. While the AIBC already has a Continuing Education System in place, there will be new requirements regarding Truth and Reconciliation incorporated into the program. Specifics are still under development, and will be shared once available.
• How will the Bylaw review process change under the PGA?
Currently, under the Architects Act, Architects AIBC and Honorary Members are able to vote on bylaw amendments. Under the Professional Governance Act, bylaw voting authority will only reside with AIBC Council. Registrants will still have the opportunity to be active participants in the bylaw review through the feedback and consultation process.
• Will there be any changes to AIBC Council composition?
Yes – AIBC Council will be leaner with greater lay (public member) representation. There will be seven elected registrant councillors, four appointed lay councillors, and a non-voting past president. In addition, all nominations and appointments will be merit-based as required under the new legislation.
More FAQs can be read on the AIBC website.