The AAA has been working to get our legislation changed for many years. Will it be as difficult to effect change in our bylaws?
No, the members vote on changes to our bylaws, we are not reliant on the provincial government to move change forward as long as we have sufficient member education, member consultation and member support through vote. That is why it is vital that members get involved and provide their feedback.
What are the bylaws and how do they fit with other legislation?
Bylaws govern the administration of the AAA. They are written rules that provide the framework for the operation and management of the AAA. Bylaws generally provide guidance for roles and duties of Council directors and officers, rules and procedures for holding meetings, electing councillors and other essential governance matters. They facilitate the orderly operation of both the governing body and the association.
The AAA bylaws belong to the membership who must vote on any amendments following consultation.
Policies and committee terms-of-reference support the bylaws with more specific operational and policy details. These documents can evolve over time to accommodate changing needs and changing norms. The documents may be developed under the direction of Council and/or Administration.
Are there restriction to what the bylaws can do?
Yes. Bylaws work in conjunction with the Architects Act and General Regulation. Some elements within these pieces of legislation establish core requirements for the make up of Council and are quite prescriptive. The bylaws cannot override anything in the legislation.
For example, the Architects Act, Part 2, Section 8 prescribes Council membership and election of officers. Also, certain committees are established under legislation (Registration Committee, Complaints Review Committee, Practice Review Board), with the make up of members set. The bylaws or policies cannot ignore these legislated directives.
Further, if any practice or licensing requirement is clearly stated in the Act or General Regulation, the bylaws cannot be used to change the rules.
When was the last time significant change was made to our bylaws?
Changes were made to our bylaws quite recently. As the membership was unable to meet in person for our most recent AGM due to the COVID-19 pandemic, changes to the bylaws were proposed and accepted by the membership that allowed the AAA to facilitate an online AGM. This amendment also enabled Council to authorize remote voting for ratifications of future bylaw amendments and changes to the General Regulation.
We continue to evolve to meet the association’s ever-changing needs.
Which members will have access to the information, the ability to contribute feedback to the association and ultimately vote on whether the changes are approved?
All members have access to the information regarding the proposed amendments. All members have the ability to provide feedback on the on the proposed amendment. Only voting members which includes registered architects, licensed interior designers and active life members will be able to vote on the proposed amendments.
How do I get informed on the proposed bylaw changes?
There are a number of ways for you to find information regarding the recommended changes:
- Read information online here
- Watch video that communicates key information here
- Register to attend one of two live webinars that provide background information, and address questions and answers from members here.
How do I give feedback on the proposed bylaw changes?
We will be gathering feedback via several channels to ensure members have every opportunity to be heard:
- Use the website form here
- Submit an email to [email protected]
- Participate in one of two town hall webinars that address questions and answers from members here.
What is the due date for all feedback submissions?
A date for final receipt of member feedback has not currently been set, however members will be given ample time to provide their opinions.