President’s Message, November 29, 2012

At its November 13 meeting and after much debate, AIBC Council approved a moderate increase in membership fees for 2013.

The 1.4% increase, slightly more than the cost of living increase experienced over the past year, results in what is effectively a zero-based budget for the coming year, one that will allow the institute to keep pace with constantly increasing operating costs while continuing to deliver the programs, services and support that the membership has come to expect. It has been applied equally across all categories of membership.

Part of this reality is the return of the Provincial Sales Tax on April 1 of 2013, which will have a 7% increase on many business expenses across the organization.

The minimal increase also addresses significant costs to the institute associated with AIBC participation in the national Examination for Architects in Canada (ExAC) program, effective January 2013.

Invoices for the coming year will be sent out in early December.

Meanwhile, arising from work being done by the Finance Committee, council has established a new working group to review in a holistic way all categories of fees, and to provide recommendations for future adjustments of the existing fee schedule.

For details on the new fee rates, access the revised Bulletin 01: Fees, Fines and Charges online at


David Yustin  Architect AIBC
AIBC Council President

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