Architects intending to work or provide architectural services in Yukon or Nunavut should be aware of the following two points:
- Yukon and Nunavut currently do not have an Architects Act or similar legislation, and
- The Northwest Territories Association of Architects (NWTAA) does not have jurisdiction outside of the Northwest Territories.
It is generally interpreted that a person must be registered/licensed as an Architect and in good standing with any jurisdiction within Canada in order to provide architectural services in Yukon or Nunavut. There is no specific requirement for a person to be registered with NWTAA in this regard.
Practicing in Yukon
Questions related to the practice of architecture in Yukon Territory should be forwarded to the Yukon Government's Department of Highways and Public Works.
Examples of the definition of an "Architect" in Yukon include the following:
- Yukon's Condominium Act defines an architect as "a person who is authorized to practise as an architect in any province." [s.1]
- Yukon's Building Standards Regulations (Building Standards Act) notes that an inspector may require that "work be carried out under the supervision of an architect or professional engineer lawfully authorized to practice in the Yukon." [s.5(1)] As well, Yukon's Engineering Profession Act lists an exemption from its Scope of Practice for "a person engaged in the practice of architecture who is registered as an architect under the Act of any province." [s.2(4)(e)]
Practicing in Nunavut
Questions related to the practice of architecture in Nunavut should be forwarded to the Nunavut Government's Department of Community and Government Services.
Examples of the definition of an "Architect" in Nunavut include the following:
- Nunavut's Building Code Act defines an architect as "a person who is authorized to practise as an architect in a province or territory," [s.1(1)] and its Condominium Act similarly defines an architect as "a person who is authorized to practise as an architect in a province." [s.6(1)]
- Nunavut's Engineers and Geoscientists Act also lists an exemption for "a person practising as an architect, if his or her practice is confined to architecture." [s.3(5)(a)]
DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed on this page do not constitute legal advice or a formal review of Yukon or Nunavut legislation. It is strongly recommended that persons intending to provide architectural services in Yukon or Nunavut first contact the respective government authority for clarification on the requirements in that territory.