The Government of British Columbia has announced that the AIBC will transition legislation from the Architects Act to the Professional Governance Act (PGA). This transition does not change the AIBC’s core function, mandate, or operations – the AIBC will continue to exist, and will continue to regulate the profession of architecture in British Columbia in the interest of the public.
The AIBC has sought to modernize the Architects Act for many years. Although changes to the Architects Act now won’t be made, the PGA contains key items that were being considered as amendments to the Act. The transition to the Professional Governance Act better aligns the profession with current societal and governmental expectations and standards, and will allow the AIBC to more effectively regulate the profession in the public’s interest.
Information, including next steps and updates, will be shared on this webpage. We encourage you to check back frequently – the AIBC is committed to keeping registrants and the public informed at each stage of the transition process.
Bylaw Review and Development
The major component of the transition is the development of new bylaws which meet the requirements of the PGA. This will include updates to the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. The AIBC with the help of the Bylaw Review Committee is currently reviewing and recrafting AIBC bylaws, through a rolling program of reviews and discussions with the OSPG.
PGA Updates & Bylaw Consultation
In the coming months, registrants will learn more about the new and proposed Professional Governance Act amendments through a multi-phased bylaw review. Rounds of bylaws will be presented to registrants via Notice and the website, who will then have the opportunity to provide feedback through surveys, email or consultation sessions. Please note there will be no voting; however, the AIBC encourages registrants to be actively engaged in the process and provide feedback.
Registrants can expect that by early 2022, the AIBC will be fully transitioned to the PGA.
- AIBC PGA Transition Frequently Asked Questions
- Letter from the Government of B.C. Announcing Transition (July 2020)
- Ministry Transition Letter from Provincial Government (December 2020)
- Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance website
- OSPG Virtual Town Hall Presentation (Hosted on September 17, 2020)
Provincial Government Resources
- Professional Governance Act
- Factsheet: Professional Governance Act Overview
- Professional Reliance Review