COVID-19: Operational updates

Since Public Health announcement about COVID-19, CACB adopted a series of measures and actions to maintain its operations and to ensure its staff, volunteers, and partners’ safety.
Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, staff members are working from home with a limited individual presence in office until April 3, 2020. The length of this measure will be aligned with Public Health recommendations.
2020 Conference Committee Face-to-face meeting scheduled on March 21-22, 2020 was canceled and changed to a distance meeting on March 21, 2020 afternoon. All other Committee meetings, including Academic Certification Assessment Committee, will be held by distance/online until further notice.
Accreditation Program
In light of the COVID-19 situation, the CACB has decided to postpone the Maintenance Accreditation Visit scheduled on March 21-25, 2020, to Université de Montréal’s Master of Architecture (M. Arch) Program to September 2020.
It was also decided to extend the Accreditation Term of the Program to October 31, 2020 to ensure that when the visit will happen in September 2020, the Program is still accredited.
The other operations and follow-ups as well as committee works attached to Accreditation Program are running normally.
Academic Certification
We continue to receive hardcopy and online applications for certification and the Assessment Process is still running as usual. Unavoidably, there will be some delays in the assessment timelines in the coming weeks, but we are working hard and doing our best to reduce any impact to our applicants.
BEFA (Broadly Experienced Foreign Architects) Program
Same as Academic Certification Program, we continue to receive applications for certification and the Assessment Process is still running as usual according to established timelines.
Interview sessions scheduled for May 9, 2020 in Toronto, ON, and on May 23, 2020 in Vancouver, BC, are maintained until further notice.
Should there be a need to reschedule the interview sessions, we will communicate with eligible applicants as soon as possible. At the latest if any changes are required, we will confirm by April 24, 2020, for those who will be scheduled for May 9, 2020, and by May 8, 2020 for those who will be scheduled for May 23, 2020.

Thank you for your understanding and patience,

Mourad Mohand-Said B.Arch, M.Sc.A, Hon.MRAIC
Executive Director