Future of the BCAMRT
As you know from our earlier communications, the June vote of BCAMRT members resulted in the adoption of a new association model for the province. In the new model, provincial services you are accustomed to receiving from BCAMRT, such as provincial advocacy, provincial updates and networking, local events, and more will be delivered by a new unit of the CAMRT dedicated to BC: CAMRT-BC.
In the months that have followed the June vote, the CAMRT has been collaborating closely with BCAMRT to establish and ramp up the new CAMRT-BC. Although the full transition from BCAMRT to CAMRT-BC won’t happen until December 31, 2017, we wanted to provide you with a few updates on progress:
- New levels of dues have been instituted for 2018. As reflected in the voting question, CAMRT-BC will be able to deliver provincial association services at a substantial savings to MRTs in BC. The new provincial dues of $60 reflect a 50% ($60) reduction over 2017 levels.
- The dues collection process for 2018 will be run by CAMRT directly. Members will pay both the $60 CAMRT-BC dues for provincial services, and the $220 CAMRT dues for national services at the same time. (NOTE: These rates reflect full practice membership dues. Please see www.camrt.ca/bc for more details about dues).
- A recruitment process for a Provincial Manager to lead CAMRT-BC is fully underway. We had an outstanding response from you as members in the form of applications - we thank you for that. We look forward to our new Provincial Manager leading CAMRT-BC starting this December.
- CAMRT and BCAMRT have been working together closely to transfer all institutional records and know-how, so that the transition from BCAMRT to CAMRT-BC is seamless.
- CAMRT and BCAMRT are also working together closely to make sure that advocacy projects carried out by BCAMRT are passed on to CAMRT-BC. In particular, advocacy leads at BCAMRT and CAMRT are working together to transfer the ongoing advocacy work surrounding the regulatory college for BC MRTs.
As we move ahead together, CAMRT wants to make sure that you are regularly informed of the steps being taken, and, in particular, about the important areas that CAMRT will be working on provincially for members in BC.
June Vote on the Future of the BCAMRT
An online vote of BCAMRT members was held between May 31 and June 18 to determine the future of the BCAMRT. The vote resulted in the adoption of a new association model where the provincial services you are accustomed to receiving from BCAMRT, such as provincial advocacy, provincial updates and networking, local events, and more) will be delivered by a new unit of the CAMRT, dedicated to BC, called CAMRT-BC. Just under 40% of the BCAMRT membership cast their votes in this referendum, and 56.4% of these ballots were cast in favour of the CAMRT-BC option.
This result gives BCAMRT and CAMRT the mandate to work together to implement the transition to the CAMRT provincial service delivery model in BC by December 31, 2017.
The CAMRT-BC model explained
Members voted on two possible options for the future of the BCAMRT (please see here for a table outlining the two options and the differences between them).
FAQs about the Future of the BCAMRT
Prior to the vote, we prepared answers to a range of questions from BC members. Please see here for answers to all the questions you may have about this crucial period for the BCAMRT.
If there are other questions which you have and you don't see them here in the FAQ section, please send your question to Christopher Topham, Director of Advocacy and Communications at CAMRT, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Future of the BCAMRT webinars
The BCAMRT and CAMRT also collaborated to deliver a number of presentations on the future of association services in BC. All were recorded for your viewing and consideration.
This presentation is from the 2017 Annual General Conference.
BCAMRT: Charting the Course for the Future
This webinar was presented on March 20, 2017 by BCAMRT President Jackie Wallace, BCAMRT Executive Director Darlene Hyde, and CAMRT Representative Christopher Topham. The presentation explores options for the BCAMRT going forward, with regards to improving efficiencies and a discussion of potential dissolution of the BC chapter and incorporation into the CAMRT.