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Why Join

Join the RAIC to elevate your career, expand your knowledge and skills, enhance your network, and get great deals on essential products and services. Being a member of the RAIC means being part of a creative, engaged, and inclusive community that is building a strong future for architecture in Canada. 

The RAIC engages in many activities on behalf of architects and architecture in Canada. It also offers a wide range of valuable member benefits, services, and programs to help members achieve success. Find out how the RAIC can help you.

• Procurement Reform
• Fair fees and Contracts
• Qualifications-Based Selection
• Sustainability


Practice support and continuous education
• Contracts, Documents, and Guides
• Annual Festival of Architecture
• Webinars
• Courses, Seminars, and Workshops


Promotion of excellence
• Raising the profile of architects and the value of design
• Canada’s largest architecture awards program
• Public Outreach


RAIC membership provides numerous valuable benefits:

Liability Insurance

Home & Auto

Education & Events



e-Store &
Other Savings

Professional Liability Insurance Program for Architects

As your profession evolves, it’s important that your coverage does too.

The RAIC Insurance Program provides members access to leading liability coverage, tailored to meet the needs of the architects and firms of all sizes.

•    Professional Liability
•    Commercial General Liability
•    Office Insurance
•    Directors’ and Officers’ Liability
•    Cyber Security and Privacy Liability
•    Employment Practices Liability


View the 2020 edition of Risk Insight magazine.  


In this edition of RISK Insight, BMS delves into the full breadth of services offered in the program and highlights common questions architects may have about their insurance policy and plan. 


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Home and Auto Insurance with The Personal

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has partnered with The Personal—one of Canada’s leading group insurance companies for over 40 years—to provide members with preferred group rates on home and auto insurance that are not available to the general public.

The RAIC chose The Personal for their excellent reputation, long-term commitment to their customers, and the benefits they can offer to members.

What this partnership means in addition to preferred rates:

• Personalized coverage to fit your individual needs
• Expert advice from licensed insurance advisors
• 24/7 emergency assistance if you ever need to make a claim

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About the RAIC Continuing Education Program

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) is the leading provider of high quality and engaging continuing education opportunities. RAIC Continuing Education programs give participants the skills and tools needed to run a successful architectural practise and build their career. For further information about the RAIC’s continuing education program and each series. RAIC Member's receive special pricing!

Discounts of up to 50% off on RAIC events including Professional Development programs, the annual Festival of Architecture, seminars, and lectures. You must be logged in to view and access the discounts when registering for events.



Uniglobe is RAIC's Corporate Travel Partner


Budget Car Rental

1-800-268-8970 for more information. * Canada only.

Hertz Car Rental

1-800-263-0678 for more information. * Canada only.

National Car Rental 

1-800-227-7368 for more information.



RAIC members get a six-digit corporate discount code to use when making reservations.

Local Hospitality Hotel & Car Rental Discounts

The RAIC is pleased to offer its members an exclusive travel discount service. Savings may exceed 50%, and average 10-20% below-market on all hotels and car rental suppliers around the world. Any hotel, any car, anywhere, anytime!


A complimentary subscription to Metropolis magazine – NEW! 


Members can sign up for a special FREE subscription to Metropolis Magazine. 


For 40 years, Metropolis has been covering the biggest challenges and opportunities in architecture and design, including sustainability, wellness, technology, and social impact. In every issue of Metropolis Magazine, you will receive cutting-edge ideas for architects and designers. 


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Save on a GoodLife Fitness Membership

You'll get:

• 30-45% off membership rates
• Access to over 250 GoodLife Fitness Clubs across Canada
• Corporate rate extended to four additional family members
• State-of-the-art cardio equipment
• All free weights and weight machines
• Group Fitness classes
• Professionally trained staff to assist you in achieving your goals
• Towel Service (where available)
• Child minding (where available at an additional fee)
• Access to the LifeChanger health and fitness assessment program
• 24 hour locations (select clubs only)
• Access to the GoodLife Fitness Rewards Program - savings and special offers from
over 100 popular brands.


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RAIC Connects – Join the conversation! 

There’s a new way for RAIC members to connect with each other and join the conversation! Launched this past October, RAIC Connects is a community-based, online venue for members to start discussions, share resources, and find events on topics and matters that affect them and the profession alike. The RAIC Member Community is a place to ask questions, get feedback, and share information in real-time with hundreds of other members. 



Printing and Marketing Services 

RAIC members receive a 10% discount on select print and marketing products and services with Staples. 

RAIC members receive 10% off a paid subscription tier with Mortarr 

Mortarr is a search engine for commercial construction and design. Find project inspiration, products, and service providers all on one platform. Mortarr was built to simplify and modernize the sourcing process for everyone involved in creating a commercial space. Companies and firms showcase their project and installation photos to be found by an audience of over 24,000 monthly searchers

Join as a searcher 

Join as a showcaser 

While it's free to use Mortarr as a search engine–and free to showcase your best commercial work– when your firm joins at a paid tier you will receive:  

  • Support: a dedicated customer success manager will help you build, maintain, and optimize your profile on Mortarr  
  • Lead Generation: each month, you'll get a report of the registered Mortarr users who are taking an interest in your work 
  • Advertising: get your best work in front of your target audience with advertising options built into your annual subscription! 

International Trade Council

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has partnered with the International Trade Council (ITC) to provide valuable business tools and resources to RAIC members. The ITC is a global association of national, state, and local chambers of commerce, government trade agencies, specialist industry organizations, and corporate members from 176 countries.

 The RAIC is pleased to offer its members a discounted annual fee of $30 to join the ITC. Click here to find out more about ITC membership and its extensive benefits.

RAIC members save up to 50% on the online store. 

You must be logged in to your member account to access the lower member prices.

Save on products like:

 A Guide to Determining Appropriate Fees for the Services of an Architect 
  (Electronic version is FREE for members)

• Authorization seals
• CCDC seals
• Job postings on RAIC.ORG
• National Master Specification products

And much more!

Members get 10% off a subscription to NBS Chorus - a cloud-based specification platform. 

NBS brings the power of digital specification to the Canadian market, through NBS Chorus – a global, cloud-based platform used by organizations of all sizes, from small architecture and engineering firms, to the largest global construction companies.  Chorus is an online specification platform, designed to help our customers get it right the first time.  It’s easy to use and can be accessed anywhere at any time.  Eliminate the risk–arbitration and mitigation– of poorly written specs, be more efficient, collaborate internally and externally, write specifications faster while owning the intellectual property, and win more business.  NBS Chorus allows users to start from the most updated Canadian specifications with CMS (Canadian Master Specifications), NMS (National Master Specifications) or import your own custom specifications. 


Books and PublicationsSpecial offers for RAIC Members:


Get a 1-year print subscription to AZURE for only $25, plus taxes. That’s 37% off the regular subscription rate and over 69% off the newsstand price!

*Offer available to Canadian and US addresses



Canadian Architect

Free subscription to Canadian Architect for Canadian residents. Subscription is automatically activated with membership.

The Right Angle Journal Members get free access to the Right Angle Journal, An architectural quarterly developed by the Built Environment Open Forum.



Kaplan AEC Education

Receive a 20% discount on all Kaplan AEC Education exam preparation materials for the Architecture Registration Exam (ARE).



National Master Specification and editing software

Visit NMS Professional for a demonstration. Order the NMS through RAIC to receive a 10% discount.




Receive a 20% discount on Paperless products only (not including the Paperless amendments service).



Wiley creates and provides resources in architecture, landscaping, design and construction that help customers become more effective in the workplace and achieve career success. It brings to life the ideas and best practices of thought leaders to serve these communities worldwide. RAIC members enjoy 30% off Wiley Architecture books.

Architectural Record The RAIC offers a discount on subscriptions to Architectural Record. Members receive a print subscription for $60 CAD (regularly priced $72 CAD), and a digital subscription for $48 CAD. 



The MIT Press is pleased to offer RAIC and its members an ongoing discount on all MITP architecture titles.



Free access to the digital edition of the 2020 Member Directory/Resource Guide 


As a proud partner of the RAIC, v2com is pleased to offer a 20% discount on your first press kit distribution package, simple or multiple.

Get published in the world’s leading design publications! With 25 years of leadership in international architecture and design media relations, v2com newswire promotes your projects to the world’s largest specialized media network, getting you published in the most prestigious publications in 95 countries. 

NEW! Members post for FREE on the RAIC Job Board 

The RAIC Job Board promotes career opportunities from across Canada and from around the world. If you are looking for the perfect candidate for a job at your firm, or looking for the next step in your career, check out the RAIC Job Board today. 

Members can now add and edit job postings for FREE. 

Annual member badge 

The RAIC is committed to providing members with the tools necessary to achieve their professional goals. The new RAIC member badge allows you to clearly and consistently show commitment and support for excellence in the built environment and architectural practice in Canada. 

RAIC member badge can be shared on popular social and professional networking sites, through emails, or your personal website. 


RAIC members also get special pricing on award submissions.

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