With the expected establishment of a regulatory college on the horizon, the BCAMRT had been investigating ways to streamline its services to minimize the impact new college dues would have on its members. As part of this investigation, the BCAMRT contacted the CAMRT to discuss ways in which the two organizations might work together to achieve these goals for their common members. Discussions regarding this possible collaboration took place between the two organizations over a couple of years, resulting in the formulation of two options for the future of provincial association services for MRTs in BC, including the establishment of a model whereby the CAMRT would deliver these important provincial services.
In March of this year, the BCAMRT Board opened a consultation process with their membership to discuss the options for the future of provincial association services in in the province. This consultation process lasted several months, and included numerous in-person and virtual touchpoints, eventually culminating in a vote that took place from May 31 to June 18, 2017.
The vote closed earlier this week and the results have been tallied. In all, 892 BCAMRT members cast their votes in this referendum. 43.6% of members voted for the BCAMRT to continue as-is (with internal efficiencies); while 56.4% voted for change, with the CAMRT delivering provincial association services to members in BC.
This result gives the BCAMRT and CAMRT the mandate to work together to implement the transition to the CAMRT provincial service delivery model in BC. Both organizations are collaborating closely to ensure a smooth transition by December 31, 2017.
It is worth noting that the introduction of this new model for provincial service delivery in BC will not affect national association services already provided by the CAMRT – all provincial association services in BC will be funded through provincial member dues and will be managed by a new CAMRT employee dedicated to this purpose.
The CAMRT will endeavour to keep you informed through this process as and when updates become available. In the meantime, should you have any questions, we ask that you address these to firstname.lastname@example.org.