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Requirements for an Architectural Partnership of Corporations

  • The primary and customary business of the partnership of corporations must be the practice of architecture, which must be carried on under the direct personal supervision and responsibility of one or more permanent employees or shareholders who are MAA Registered Members.
  • The partnership of corporations must carry professional liability insurance as prescribed by the MAA Council and the individual corporate entities must be named as additional insured.
  • The names of the individual corporate entities, as well as the name and letterhead of the partnership of corporations, must satisfy the requirements outlined in Section 13.8 of the MAA By-Laws.
  • The majority of directors and at least one of the officers of each corporation in the partnership must be MAA Registered Members.
  • The majority of the voting shares of each corporation in the partnership must be held by MAA Registered Members.
  • The partnership of corporations must obtain a Certificate of Approval from the MAA on an annual basis.

Note: Individuals other than MAA Registered Members may be actively involved in the partnership of corporations.

The individual corporate entities must be legally established in the Province of Manitoba and registered with the Manitoba Corporations Branch (extra-provincial registration must be obtained for the non-resident corporations). As well, the partnership of corporations must be registered under the Business Names Registration Act.

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The names of the individual corporations and the partnership itself must follow the guidelines under Section 13.8 of the MAA By-Laws. When registering with the Corporations Branch, you must submit written permission from the MAA to use the word "architect" or variant in a corporate name.

Each corporation involved in the practice of architecture as a partnership of corporations must apply individually.

Application forms for a Certificate of Approval must be signed by all Directors of all the corporations in the partnership who are either MAA Registered Members or applying for membership. There are two forms:

The completed application forms must be attached with:

  • A government certified or notarized copy of the Articles of Incorporation, confirming the information provided in the application, for each corporation involved in the partnership of corporations.
  • Note: Non-resident corporations must also provide a certified or notarized copy of the Certificate of Registration in the Province of Manitoba.
  • A copy of the registration of the partnership of corporations under the Business Names Registration Act in the Province of Manitoba.
  • Evidence of a minimum of $250,000 in liability coverage for the corporations and partnership of corporations.
  • A copy of the proposed letterhead to be used by the partnership of corporations.
  • An application fee of $525.00 for each corporation involved in the partnership of corporations.

Applications for Registered Membership(s) and the Certificate of Approval may be submitted at the same time.