Section 12 of the Real Estate Act Bylaws, allows council to establish standing, advisory and ad hoc committees. Council determines the committee’s mandate, composition and reporting requirements, and any recommendation or decision of a committee must be ratified by Council prior to being acted on.
The Council chair appoints all committee members, including the committee chair, except the Audit Committee, to which appointments are made by Council as a whole. Additionally, though, the terms of reference of a committee may provide for appointments to be made by specified external organizations. Industry association appointments have been incorporated into the terms of reference of the residential real estate, mortgage brokerage, property management and real estate appraisal advisory committees.
As with Council itself, committee members are bound by a Code of Conduct.
The Council chair and the executive director are ex-officio members of all committees, and are non-voting members of each, unless the committee terms of reference specify otherwise.
In addition to Council committees and industry sector advisory committees, council may, from time-to-time, establish ad hoc committees or task forces to address specific issues usually within specified time lines. Once Council has determined the work of an ad hoc committee is completed or there is no further need for the committee, the committee is disbanded.
In the 2007-2008 fiscal year, Council established a Real Estate Education Committee and a Consumer Industry Research Committee as ad hoc committees of Council.