In Quebec, the title of Architect is bestowed upon members of the provincially recognized Ordre des architectes du Québec [Order of Architects in Quebec] (OAC). The OAC has international agreements with different countries (The United States of America, France, and Mexico) which give members international recognition in those countries as architects.
The OAC is a historically renowned organization that was founded in 1974 and has almost five thousand members. Their members must ensure all their professional work complies with various laws and regulations drafted by the Régie du bâtiment du Québec [Construction Board of Quebec], the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) [Standards Commission on the Work Norms, Health, and Safety], and more. As additional incentive for their members, they offer scholarships and awards to their architects and aspiring architects. They also hold consortiums where architects pool their resources to achieve monumental architectual projects and publish architectual magazine called Esquisses which highlights new architectual trends and news. In addition to this, the order is also mandated to uphold their standards by the Office des professions du Québec [Office of Quebec Profession] to protect the Quebec from substandard architectural practices.
To apply for this title, applicants must meet the following criteria: be able to speak French at a professional level of proficiency, graduate from a three-year long bachelor’s degree in architecture, have spent two years in a master’s program in architecture, complete a professional internship of at least 3720 hours, and pass the Examen des architectes du Canada [Architects of Canada Exam] (ExAC).
According to their website, membership has advantages such as insurance (home and auto) offered by Toronto Dominion Bank. Even Desjardins offers members a reduced monthly rate for things such as credit card plans. Members also gain corporate benefits such as reduced hotel priced.