The health, safety, and well-being of all RAIC stakeholders—including the board of directors, staff, volunteers, and participants—is foremost on our minds, and so the RAIC is proactively taking steps to do our part to minimize the spread of COVID-19. The RAIC is closely monitoring the current situation via the Public Health Agency of Canada and the World Health Organization—and will make decisions based on the information provided. As such, the following information reflects the changes to ongoing events, operations, and services provided by the RAIC and how they are impacted by COVID-19.
Additionally, information related to COVID-19 will be posted—and updated—on this page.
RAIC Remote Office Announcement
*Last Updated: October 15, 2020
*Last Updated: October 15, 2020
Since the increasingly evolving situation around COVID-19, the RAIC’s Programs Office has worked diligently to transition all Continuing Education events and offerings from now until further notice to digital platforms.
The RAIC is committed to working through these challenging times and supporting the community as best possible. We will continue to advocate for architects and the profession as rebuilding and restructuring begin. We are also working to enable solutions in response to the themes expressed by you.
Date: October 22, 2020
Time: 1:00pm ET
Presented by Dr. Henry Tsang, B.Sc.Arch, M.Arch, Ph.D
Architect, OAQ, MRAIC, LEED GA, WELL AP
Summary: This webinar focuses on supporting architectural practices that have had to urgently work-from-home during the COVID-19 pandemic; yet intend to return to a physical or semi-physical work environment post-COVID. This talk will introduce the most ready-to-use tools that can complement an architectural practice to improve the connectivity, communication, design and production while being isolated from the work environment. Tools that will be introduced include: ZOOM, Padlet, Trello, Conceptboard, Slack, and others.
Coping with COVID-19
Are you struggling to cope with COVID-19? Join Mark Antczak to talk about why anxiety is so prevalent in everyone’s lives and learn strategies to help you and your loved ones manage our overwhelmed brains. The webinar will be followed by an opportunity to ask more specific questions generated by the session.
Everyday Mindfulness for Architects
In this session, you will find out what mindfulness is, and how it can help you to manage some of the stresses in your life. You will also be introduced to some of the research supporting mindfulness.
Financial Management during COVID-19
Right now, the full impact of COVID-19 on the architecture profession is unknown, and no one can say what the future holds. But by planning, responding promptly, making the right immediate decisions, and thinking long-term, you and your firm will be better prepared for whatever comes next. This is the time to protect your financial position and make financial management a priority.
COVID-19: FAQs - Practice Questions
In response to member practice-related queries during the COVID-19 pandemic, the RAIC brought together a panel to answer the most frequently asked questions. Moderated by Past President, Michael J. Cox, this webinar features panelists Louis-Pierre Grégoire (Partner, Gowling WLG), Craig J. Stehr (Partner, Gowling WLG) and Don Ardiel, MRAIC, Director of Practice Support, RAIC).
This webinar will cover the current CRA rules as they relate to claiming home office expenses on 2020 personal income tax returns, deductible vs. non-deductible expenses, documentation requirements, what’s new, and what the unknowns are at this point.
*Last Updated: October 15, 2020
On March 18, 2020, Prime Minister Trudeau announced what Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan would look like. Up to $82 billion to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on individuals and businesses in Canada. This amounts to $27 billion in direct support for businesses and individuals—and an additional $55 billion in tax deferrals for Canadian households and businesses. In response, the RAIC began a letter writing campaign—with notes on March 18, 24, 31, April 7 and 14, for the architectural sector to be supported during this time and have access to this fund.
As a reminder, the Government of Canada began accepting applications for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy starting April 6, 2020. Read more about other supports in Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.
As the Federal Government prepares to gradually reopen the economy, we are focusing our advocacy efforts on how the profession is poised to support this economic activity, and specifically, on infrastructure spending. Because of this, a third Pulse Survey was sent out in August and the results will be available in the comings for members to access. This survey gathered data on the following areas:
- Access to the COVID-19 Economic Response plan benefits
- Staffing and human resources
- Readiness for return to work service delivery
Your feedback matters and we thank you for your participation
Thank you to everyone who provided input through the second survey regarding the impact of COVID-19 on their practice. A visual summary on the effects of COVID-19 can be read below.
*Last Updated: April 1, 2020
In this time of financial hardship, we understand that paying member dues may be difficult. Membership dues are mandated through by-laws (Section 2.9 and 2.10). The bylaws clearly state the rules regarding dues. The reminder email circulated to members on March 31, 2020, was sent to meet those obligations as the deadline is April 1.
We understand the situation and respect that individuals must make choices in this difficult and unprecedented time. As an avenue for members to advise on their individual circumstances, please send a formal request to the executive committee for review. This committee may grant extensions for membership dues, fee reductions or fee waivers. Emails should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Membership Dues” in the subject line no later than April 10, 2020.
*Last Updated: March 24, 2020
Unfortunately, the RAIC has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the 2020 Annual Conference on Architecture and all pre-Conference events, scheduled for June 2-7, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta. This decision is due to the continued COVID-19 public health emergency.
Creative problem solving is core to architectural practice and the RAIC is leveraging this strength in planning the next steps. We are exploring alternate virtual continuing education programs with Conference presenters and volunteer leadership as part of our ongoing commitment to enabling meaningful continuing education to support best practices in the profession.
Flexible Refund Policy
To ease financial considerations that this cancellation may cause our participants, the RAIC has instituted a flexible refund policy that gives registrants the option to apply their registration fee to the 2021 RAIC Conference on Architecture in Montreal, apply the registration fee to the virtual Conference on Architecture (+ refund of difference) or receive a full refund.
If you or your organization would like to defer your registration investment to be applied to the next RAIC Conference on Architecture—scheduled for June 6-9, 2021 in Montreal—or the virtual Conference on Architecture, you must complete the following survey by Monday, April 6, 2020. Otherwise, full refunds will be issued automatically within 30 days.
A full FAQ has been released for any questions around the cancelation of the 2020 Conference on Architecture.
Notice of Travel suspension
*Last Updated: October 15, 2020
Starting March 16, 2020, the RAIC has temporarily suspended all work-related travel for all board directors, staff, volunteers, and representatives until further notice. This will be re-evaluated daily. Rest assured, our team is focusing on staying healthy, not travelling, maintaining a positive attitude, and doing our part during this public health emergency. We are confident we have taken considerable action so far to protect the RAIC and its stakeholders—and we are actively reviewing in-person activities taking place in April, May, and June. We will provide regular updates through the bulletin, website, and social platforms.
Additional Resources and Information
- Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
- World Health Organization: Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19
- British Columbia Government: Guidance to construction sites operating during COVID-19
- CMHA: COVID-19 and mental health
- UIA COVID-19 Resource Hub and Directory
Business Resilience Service (BRS Free services for small to medium-sized business between May 25 and June 19:
- Guidance on COVID-19 financial support program options and eligibility
- Direction on accessing the most appropriate support organizations
- Help to make decisions to support recovery plans
- Real-time insights and feedback to policymakers
- To access the BRS call 1-866-989-1080 to connect with a business advisor from the accounting profession. The service is available 7 days/week from 8 am – 8 pm ET
Pathways to Resilience: Strategies for a World in Upheaval Free webinar series
- A resource for those going through rough times and those providing support through rough times; offering tools which, once embedded in daily life, allow us to better cope with the hardship inherent to life. Presented by Dr. Rachel Thibeault, occupational therapist and Order of Canada recipient for her work in rehabilitation and social integration programs.
- Overview of Resilience Training
- Prerequisites and Foundations of Resilience
- The Compassion Protocol
- Managing Emotions
- Guide to Federal and Provincial Relief Programs
- Consolidated Briefing of Federal and Provincial Measures
- Canadian Tax Relief Update
Articles from Architectural and Media Publications
Archive of all RAIC COVID-19 Notices
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