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FAQ

Below are some frequently asked questions about the OAA Council Elections, and technical inquiries on ballots/voting.  For further questions please contact the Office of the Registrar.

 

General

What is the OAA Council?

The OAA Council sets policy direction for the Association. It is currently composed of 15 architects elected by the membership and five publicly appointed Councillors. The legislation allows for Council to be composed of up to 20 architects elected by the membership, and up to five members of the public appointed by the Province of Ontario.

Council created the Intern Architect Non-Voting Seat in September 2016.

Council created the Licensed Technologist OAA Non-Voting Seat in 2017.  


As a self-regulated profession, the province has trusted the OAA to protect the public interest through the regulation of the profession, recognizing our members’ specialized knowledge and the capacity of architects to govern themselves. 

Technical Issues

How do I set up my email for the election?

To avoid the vote invitation email getting caught in junk filters, please add mail1.bigpulse.com to your safe senders list.
 
If you are still unable to receive emails BigPulse will be able to send an individual email again. If this still does not get through please contact your ISP security manager and ask them to white list the domain name mail1.bigpulse.com which currently uses IP addresses: 209.15.228.130 and 5.44.17.248. Many people may be using the same ISP so your ISP may need to remove any restrictions on the number of emails that can be received from mail.bigpulse.com.
 
I didn’t receive my nomination form or ballot. What should I do?

If you did not receive your nomination form or ballot, please check your e-mail account's Spam or Junk folder to ensure the message was not filtered. 
If you still cannot find it, please e-mail the Registrar and we will make sure you receive your form. 

Voting

Who can vote?

Any architect may cast one vote for each member to be elected to council:
a) in the electoral district within which they have an address of record; and
b) in the Province of Ontario Electoral District.

Architects and Licensed Technologist OAA may cast one vote for the Licensed Technologist OAA Non-Voting Seat candidate to be elected to council.

Architects and Intern Architects may cast one vote for the Intern Architect Non-Voting Seat candidate to be elected to council.

If I live abroad, can I still vote?

As long as you are a member of the OAA, you have the right to vote. If you reside outside Ontario you will only be able to vote for the Province of Ontario Electoral District.
 
Why can’t I vote for the President?

Similar to federal and provincial elections, members of the Association do not elect the President or Vice Presidents. Instead, these positions are elected among the elected Councillors during the January Council meeting. 
 
How do I vote?

Electronic ballots will be e-mailed on the second Monday of November (November 13, 2017). You must cast your vote by the fourth Monday of November (November 27, 2017) for it to count.
 
I'd like to know more about the voting process. What percentage of members vote, and how many votes are required to be the winning candidate?

There is no minimum number of votes required. Majority wins. Voter turnout is not very high, under 30% of members vote. We are always seeking for new ideas to increase voter turnout! 


Great improvement to the voting system, but with one caveat: How do you know it was me?

Your vote is anonymous.  Each ballot is distributed to a specific e-mail address by the online election service provider.  The OAA cannot see the e-mail or name of the person who voted. Each individual link to the ballots is tied to your e-mail address and can only be used once.  The Registrar cannot know who completed the ballot whether it is an online ballot or a paper ballot.