The Council of Architects of Europe (ACE) and the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authority (CALA) have presented a joint recommendation to the CETA MRA committee on mutual recognition of professional qualifications in architecture, in accordance with Article 11 of CETA. The Canadian Architecture Licensing Authority (CALA) and the Council of Architects of Europe (ACE) have confirmed the ACE-CALA Recognition Agreement for the practice of architecture between EU member states and Canada. The agreement is expected to be implemented in 2021. This agreement represents a decade of negotiations that involves the transatlantic recognition of professional qualifications under the auspices of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a free trade agreement between Canada, the European Union and its member states. “We are committed to working with our colleagues to streamline cross-border registration and increase the opportunities for qualified architects. As with APEC Architect MRA 2015 with Australia and New Zealand, the Canada-New Zealand agreement is another important step in recognizing that architecture is a global profession. This agreement has been in development for years and we are pleased to have been part of the negotiations and the final signing,” said Mark Vernon, CEO of AIBC. In support of this joint recommendation, we are invited to provide information on the economic value of the MRA project; – the compatibility of the respective regimes with regard to the authorisations, authorisations, operation and certification of architects. 2. FOREIGN CREDENTIAL RECOGNITION. Architectural Services Both the European Community and Canada have worked to improve access in the areas of architecture, engineering and integrated mechanical engineering, first in the WTO negotiations on the GATS and then in the CETA negotiations. The difficulty in exporting these services lies in the fact that, although projects and plans are viable, the provision of architectural services also requires familiarity with local realities, cultures and needs, as well as on-site visits and consultations. This is also the case where professionals are often required to temporarily enter abroad or create a local presence.
It is very important that architects have free access and that they have the opportunity to establish a local presence. Due to the complexity of national regulations, service providers are generally confronted with other “behind the border”. B such as recognition of professional qualifications, admission and qualification requirements and procedures that prevent foreign professionals from providing their services.