Professional Liability Insurance (PLI) Bylaw Consultation

The Professional Liability Insurance (PLI) Bylaw Consultation and Information period is an opportunity for members to get informed, ask questions and share concerns. The following questionnaire is an extension of the consultation process.

Questionnaire results and all additional feedback will influence next steps in the PLI initiative. As a result, all Architects AIBC are encouraged to participate.

The questionnaire should take no more than 10-15 minutes. It is anonymous, with an option to include your name.

While individual comments will be confidential, a summary of all the feedback will be shared with council for their consideration.

Please visit aibc.ca for more information about the PLI initiative. For more information about this questionnaire, contact Grace Battiston, Director of Communications at communications@aibc.ca.

* 1. Please choose from the following:

* 2. If you are practising architecture, are you covered by Professional Liability Insurance? (If yes please continue, if no please go to question five.)

* 3. If yes, how many years have you been covered by PLI?

* 4. If yes, was it difficult to obtain PLI?

* 5. There are many reasons why an architect may carry Professional Liability Insurance (PLI). If applicable, please select the reasons why you carry PLI and rate them in order of importance.

  5 - Unimportant 4 1 - Very Important N/A
Protect the public
Protect clients
Protect myself from claims
Business best practice
Good value for service provided
Enhances firm’s credibility or my own credibility / promotional tool
Client requirement
Authority having jurisdiction requirement
Provincial or territorial jurisdiction requirement

* 6. There are many reasons why an architect would not carry Professional Liability Insurance (PLI). If applicable, please select the reasons why you do not carry PLI and rate their importance.

  5 - Unimportant 4 3 2 1 - Very Important N/A
It’s not mandatory/compulsory
Too expensive
I work in areas of low risk and feel insurance is not necessary
There are too many exclusions to make the policy of any practical use
I am unable to get insurance, at any cost
Unfamiliar with professional liability insurance

* 7. Are you aware of any obstacles for new firms in obtaining insurance?

* 8. Are you aware of any obstacles for established firms in obtaining insurance?

* 9. If you have had positive experiences with PLI insurance providers, please select the applicable options below and rate their importance to you.

  5 - Unimportant 4 3 2 1 - Very Important N/A
Claim defended positively
Continuing education opportunities
Good service
Good value for premiums charged

* 10. If you have had any negative experiences with PLI insurance providers, please select the applicable options below and rate their importance to you.

  5 - Unimportant 4 3 2 1 - Very Important N/A
Poor defence of claim(s)
Poor service. For example, they don’t return calls or explain policies clearly
Lack of practice support such as continuing education programs, articles, etc.
Cost of coverage too high

* 11. The AIBC wants to support its members and their understanding of Professional Liability Insurance. What type(s) of information are you interested in receiving?

* 12. Have you read the proposed bylaws? They are posted on the AIBC web site at aibc.ca

* 13. Please indicate your primary geographical area of practice.

* 14. AIBC members and honorary members are entitled and encouraged to vote on all new or amended bylaws. Are you planning on voting on the proposed bylaws regarding professional liability insurance,  tentatively scheduled for summer 2017?

* 15. Since 2015 and the introduction of electronic voting (e-voting), there have been four bylaw initiatives brought to vote. How many times have you e-voted?

* 16. Please share any additional feedback.

* 17. Please leave your name (optional):

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