Legislation Update from the President to AAA Members

Earlier this year, we learned of the Government of Alberta’s intention to introduce and pass Bill 23, the Professional Governance Act in the spring sitting of the Legislature. The Minister of Labour and Immigration introduced Bill 23 on May 2 and the bill moved to its second reading eight days later. However, before the bill could receive its third and final reading, the spring sitting was adjourned. This means that Bill 23 was not passed at that time.

The legislature is not scheduled to sit again until fall 2022 so we are uncertain of the future of Bill 23 at this time. The Ministry of Labour and Immigration has advised that they do not yet know how this will affect timelines and next steps. This delay is unfortunate as efforts to update our legislation have been ongoing for many years. I am disappointed that we are not proceeding as planned, but I share your desire to modernize the Architects Act so that we have the tools we need to effectively regulate the professions of architecture and interior design in Alberta.

Your Council and I are committed to working with the provincial government and the other professions so that we may move forward. In the meantime, we have asked the ministry for updated timelines and will share this information with you when we receive it.

Thank you for your patience in this process. We are committed to keeping communication lines open. If you have any questions, send an email to [email protected].

Keesa Hutchinson, Architect, AAA
President, Alberta Association of Architects