Under Section 34 of the Professional Governance Act and ABCFP Bylaw 4, ABCFP registrants can bring forward resolutions for consideration and approval at general meetings or annual general meetings.
A registrant may deliver a written request to the registrar for consideration of a proposed resolution at a general meeting. The written request must:
- contain the written text of the proposed resolution;
- identify the registrant as mover of the resolution, and at least 10 additional registrants as seconders of the proposed resolution;
- contain the names, signatures and registration numbers of the mover and all seconders of the proposed resolution; and
- be received by the registrar at least 35 days before the date set for the general meeting at which the proposed resolution is to be considered.
Once received, the registrar must deliver notice of a resolution proposed by a registrant to every registrant, lay councillor and lay committee member at least 21 days before the date set for the general meeting at which the proposed resolution is to be considered, if such notice was not previously included in the notice of the general meeting.
Except as provided in Section 34 of the PGA, a resolution approved at a general meeting does not bind the council, any committee, or any officer, employee or agent of ABCFP in the exercise of its or their powers or in the performance of its or their duties under the Act or any other enactment.
If council has not substantially implemented an approved resolution within four months, a registrant may submit a written request to the registrar to hold a referendum on the resolution among all registrants (PGA, Sec 34.2). Submitted requests for a referendum must be signed by at least five per cent of the registrants.
Referendums are overseen by the ABCFP registrar (Bylaw 4-5 (2)).
Resolutions put to a referendum are binding on council if:
- at least 50 per cent of registrants in good standing vote in favour of the resolution;
- at least two-thirds of the votes cast are in favour of the resolution;
- it does not constitute a breach of a statutory duty, or cause an inconsistency with the PGA and regulations; and
- it does not make, amend or repeal an ABCFP bylaw.
Resolution forms can be found on the Forms page.