The next suite of draft bylaws that meet Professional Governance Act (PGA) requirements are now available: Complaints, Investigation, and Discipline. These bylaws are being developed by AIBC staff with review and feedback from the Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance.
Complaints, Investigation and Discipline Bylaw Overview
Overall, the Complaints, Investigation and Discipline Bylaws provide a more modern approach to handling complaint, investigation and discipline matters of AIBC registrants, and allows for more efficiency, expediency and flexibility. Of note, the investigation and discipline processes are significantly different from the current processes under the Architects Act.
A summary of the key changes can be found below. Further information about the suite can be found on the AIBC website.
- Introduction of Individual Investigators
Investigations will be conducted by an individual investigator from the Investigation Committee, rather than by the Investigations Committee as a whole.
- Implementation of Extraordinary Action to Protect the Public
The Institute will be able to take immediate action to protect the public when information is received that there is an imminent risk to public safety resulting from the actions of a registrant.
- Creation of Discipline Committee, Public Representation
This is a new AIBC committee, which has the primary task of conducting discipline hearings. The committee will be comprised of registrant volunteers as well as public (lay) members. The AIBC is currently recruiting for this committee.
- More Discipline Outcomes
More complaint resolution options will be available to resolve discipline matters. Under the PGA, the discipline options include: Reprimand and Remedial Action by Consent; Alternative Complaint Resolution; Consent Order; and Discipline Hearing.
- Investigation and Discipline of Former Registrants
The PGA provides the ability to investigate and discipline former registrants during the time period for which they were registered. This means that registrants who resign before or during the complaint, investigation, or discipline process will remain subject to the jurisdiction of the AIBC.
Submit Comment and Feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org
Architects and other registrants are invited to review and provide feedback on the draft Complaints, Investigation, and Discipline bylaws by emailing email@example.com. The AIBC encourages active participation in the consultation process – in the past, bylaw suites have often been amended based on thoughtful and insightful comments from registrants.
Next Steps: PGA Transition
It is anticipated that the AIBC will be transitioning legislation from the Architects Act to the Professional Governance Act (PGA) by early February 2023. All information about the AIBC’s transition to the PGA can be found on the AIBC website.