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Ontario Association of Architects

The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) is the governing body for architects in Ontario. The Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) oversees the registration practices of the association to ensure that they are transparent, objective, impartial and fair for anyone who wants to practise as an architect in this province.

Registration Practices Assessment Report, 2013

This summary of the assessment includes recommendations for improvement.

Reports / Applications

2014

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2014

Applications to Practise Processed by the OAA in 2014
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received905138561236
Applicants who became members905138561236

2013

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2013

Applications to Practise Processed by the OAA in 2013
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received854454450228
Applicants who became members854454450228

2012

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2012

Applications to Practise Processed by the OAA in 2012
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1026459670292
Applicants who became members1026459670292

2011

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2011

Report on Entry-to-Practice Review, 2011

Registration Practices Assessment Report — Summary (Architects)

Applications to Practise Processed by the OAA in 2011
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received774358490227
Applicants who became members774358490227

2010

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2010
Audit Report

Applications to Practise Processed by the OAA in 2010
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received795151371219
Applicants who became members795151371219

2009

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2009

During 2009, the OFC monitored developments related to the registration practices of the OAA:

Work Experience: For the OAA's Intern Architect Program, the required 940 hours of current experience no longer has to be within specific architectural categories. Instead, the hours need only be in any of the categories, with no specific weighting. This will help applicants complete the requirements for current experience more easily.

Assessments: The Experience Requirements Committee is using a revised evaluation process that the committee considers to be quantitative and more transparent.

For a description of all OFC-monitored developments for this profession for 2009, see the 2009-2010 Annual Report.

Applications to Practise Processed by the OAA in 2009
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received952857380218
Applicants who became members952857380218

2008

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2008

Applications to Practise Processed by the OAA in 2008
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received412237150115
Applicants who became members412237150115

2007


During the fall and winter of 2007-2008, the OFC undertook a study of the OAA to understand its 2007 registration practices and establish baseline data and information. PDF

Exemplary Practices

The OFC gathers regulatory bodies' exemplary licensing practices so that they may learn from one another. Practices for the Ontario Association of Architects are listed below.

  1. Offering alternative pathways for meeting registration requirements

    This practice provides alternative registration pathways...

  2. Offering options for meeting the registration exam requirement

    This practice provides options for meeting the registration...

  3. Streamlining communication of registration decisions

    This practice helps streamline communication of registration...


Quick Facts

Number of Architects3,568
Number of Internationally Trained Architects1,108

You may find information about exam requirements and Canadian work experience requirements elsewhere on this site.


Location of Training, 2014

Ontario1,695
Other Canadian Provinces747
USA523
Other International585
Unknown18
Total3,568
Proportion of Internationally Trained Members (includes USA)31%

The Ontario Association of Architects falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Attorney General. The OFC does not assess credentials, handle complaints or intervene in particular cases. Our mandate is one of systemic change. Please contact the OAA for further information about your ability to practise as an architect in Ontario.

Action

The Ontario Association of Architects adopted the Broadly Experienced Foreign Architects program, which offers a streamlined registration pathway for qualified internationally trained architects. The program assesses an applicant's work experience and competencies against Canada-wide standards for practice in Canada.

July 2013