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On November 6, 2001, Bill 11 (the Architects Act) got approval in the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly, establishing NWTAA (the Northwest Territories Association of Architects).With the NWT Architects Act, the NWT Architectural Society, which had represented in the common interest of architects in practice in the NWT since 1986, was changed into a fully self-regulating proficient association.
On November 23, 2001, NWTAA became the 11th signatory to the Canadian Architectural Agreement, permitting for reciprocity between the provinces and the NWT, and set standards for learning, skill and examination for NWTAA members. To celebrate the formation of the new Association, a celebration was held at the Legislative Assembly in Yellowknife on November 24, 2001 with legislatures from the 10 provincial associations, RAIC (the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada), CACB (the Canadian Architectural Certification Board), CCUSA (the Canadian Council of University Schools of Architecture) and NCARB (the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) in attendance.
As of April 1, 2002, only a member having licensee or permit holder of the Association is enabled or offer to practice architecture in the Northwest Territories. The NWTAA is a full member of the CALA (Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities) and withstands full reciprocity with all other Canadian jurisdictions.