These By-Laws, in general, pertain to matters of Group organization not covered by the By-Laws and Regulations of The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada and are made pursuant to those By- Laws and Regulations.


"Institute” and/or “PIPSC" means The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada".

"Members" means those who meet the requirements of By-Law 3 (Membership).

"Employer" shall be as defined in the Group's collective agreement.

“CFIA-VM means the CFIA Veterinary Medicine Group.

“President” means President of the Group unless otherwise specified.

“Vice-President” means Vice-President of the Group unless otherwise specified.

“Region” For the purpose of these By-Laws, the regions shall be based on the regional structure of the Institute - namely British Columbia/Yukon, Prairie/Northwest Territories, Ontario, National Capital Region, Québec and Atlantic Regions.


The name of this Group shall be the PIPSC CFIA-VM Group, hereinafter referred to as the "Group".


The aim of the Group shall be to further the professional interests of its members; to protect the status and standards of their professions; to formulate and express the views of the members on matters affecting them, and to ensure that the interests of the Group are represented in all proceedings of the employer and of the Institute that may affect the Group. The Group Executive shall speak for the Group in dealing with the Institute. This in no way infringes on the right of an individual to approach the Institute on his own behalf.


3.1 Any member who belongs to the Group and who is a Regular member of the Institute shall also be a Regular member of the Group.

3.2 Any Regular member of the Group who becomes a Retired member of the Institute shall also become a Retired member of the Group.


4.1 Only Regular members shall be eligible to hold office, nominate members for positions on the Group Executive, propose amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws of the Group, and vote in Group affairs.

4.2 All members shall be eligible to attend and speak at General Meetings of the Group.

4.3 Only Regular members shall be eligible to vote on matters related to collective negotiations, including the method of dispute resolution and the ratification of proposed collective agreements.


5.1 Fiscal Year: The fiscal year of the Group shall be the calendar year.

5.2 Expenditures: The Group Executive shall expend such moneys as it considers necessary for the conduct of the business of the Group. À

5.3 Group Funds: Group funds will be maintained in an account assigned by the Institute.

5.4 Signatures: Financial transactions shall require the signatures of any two (2) of the President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Group. One of the signatures cannot be the payee. A written account shall be kept of all expenditures.

5.5 Auditing: As required, auditing and verification procedures shall be carried out by members of the Group who are not responsible for the administration of Group funds.


6.1 Role: The Group Executive shall exercise the authority of and act on behalf of the Group on all matters subject to this constitution between general meetings of the Group.

6.2 Composition: The Group Executive shall be composed of nine (9) members, six (6) members, one from each region and three (3 ) members-at-large. British Columbia/Yukon (position 1), Prairie/Northwest Territories (position 2), Ontario (position 3), National Capital Region (position 4), Québec (position 5), and Atlantic Region (position 6) and the three (3) members-at-large (position 7, 8, 9)

6.3 Officers There shall be five (5) officers, namely a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, a Treasurer and a Communication Officer. The Group Executive shall elect the officers from their own members and subsequently may modify these appointments by majority agreement among themselves.

6.3.1 The Officer positions shall be elected by the Group Executive as its first order of business at the first meeting of the new Group Executive.

6.4 Term of Office: The term of office shall be two (2) years. Elections for positions 1, 2, 4, and 7 shall be held in alternate years from elections for positions 3, 5, 6, 8, and 9.

6.5 Meetings: The Group Executive shall meet as frequently as is required, but at least twice a year.

6.6 Quorum: A quorum shall consist of a majority of the members of the Group Executive.

6.7 Voting: Decisions shall be by majority vote.

6.8 Vacancies:
6.8.1 If the position of the President becomes vacant for any reason, the Vice-President shall become President until the next election.

6.8.2 If a position, other than that of the President, becomes vacant for any reason, the remaining members of the Executive may select an eligible member of the Group to fill that vacancy until the next election.

6.8.3 Any member who is absent from two (2) consecutive meetings of the Executive without valid reason shall be considered to have resigned from the Executive.

6.9 Duties

6.9.1 President The President shall call and preside at all meetings of the Group and of the Group Executive, and shall present to the Annual General Meeting a report on Group activities.

6.9.2 Vice-President The Vice-President shall assist the President in the performance of his duties, and in the absence of the President, perform the duties of that position.

6.9.3 Secretary The Secretary shall be responsible for sending notices of all meetings of the Group and of the Group Executive. The Secretary shall record minutes of meetings, including attendance, maintain records and correspondence of the Group and of the Group Executive, and shall ensure that a copy of minutes are filed with the Institute.

6.9.4 Treasurer The Treasurer shall maintain the financial records of the Group as required by Institute policy, prepare a financial report for each meeting of the Group Executive and each General Meeting of the Group, submit a detailed financial statement to the Institute as required, and prepare the request for the annual allowance of the Group. Copies of the financial report shall be available to all Group members.

6.9.5 Communications Officer The Communications Officer shall prepare Group newsletters for publication, to solicit the Group Executive and members for material to be included in Group newsletters, to act as a link between the Group Executive, all sub-committees and all members and to assist the Institute in the preparation of media releases on issues of concern to the Group.

6.9.6 Members-at-Large Members-at-Large shall perform such duties as may be assigned by the Executive.


7.1 Elections Committee The Executive shall appoint an Elections Committee to receive nominations for positions on the Group Executive, and to conduct the elections. Any member of the Elections Committee who becomes a candidate in the election shall resign from the Elections Committee.

7.2 Procedure for Nominations

7.2.1 A Group newsletter shall be sent, at least two (2) months prior to the election calling for nominations and shall contain nomination forms for all vacancies and the date for close of nominations.

7.2.2 Nomination forms must be received at the National Office of the Institute by the close of business on a date to be determined by the Elections Committee. In the event that insufficient nominations are received to fill the vacancies, the Elections Committee shall attempt to obtain the names of additional persons willing and able to serve sufficient to fill the remaining vacancies. If none are forthcoming, the Executive may appoint someone to that position.

7.2.3 Nominations must be supported by at least two (3) members of the Group and the nominee must indicate a willingness to serve if elected.

7.2.4 The Elections Committee shall scrutinize the nominations for eligibility and, if necessary, arrange for ballots to be distributed to all members eligible to vote in the election.

7.2.5 A member can only run for one (1) position on the Executive. A member who is nominated for more than one position shall choose which position they will run for. A member who fails to chose by the close of nominations shall be deemed to have chosen to run for their regional position.

7.3 Election Procedure

7.3.1 The Elections Committee shall serve as Returning Officers and shall establish procedures for the efficient conduct of an election, the counting and tabulating of ballots and all matters directly related thereto not otherwise specified in these By-Laws.

7.3.2 Ballots shall be distributed by a Group newsletter and shall include such résumés as were received by the closing date for nominations.

7.3.3 Ballots must be received at the National Office of the Institute by the close of business on a date to be determined by the Elections Committee. All regional Executive positions shall be elected by the members in their respective regions, members at
large positions will be elected by all members.

7.3.4 The candidate receiving the highest number of votes for a position shall be declared elected.

7.3.5 The Elections Committee shall ensure the membership is informed of the results of the election as soon as possible.

7.3.6 The newly elected Executive shall take office immediately following the announcement of the results of the election.


8.1 Annual General Meeting

8.1.1 The Annual General Meeting of the Group is its governing body. All members are entitled to attend.

8.1.2 The Group Executive shall call an Annual General Meeting of the Group once each calendar year. The interval between such meetings shall not exceed fifteen (15) months. Members shall be notified of the meeting and of any proposed changes to this constitution at least four (4) weeks prior to the date of the meeting.

8.1.3 Delegates Delegates to the Annual General Meeting shall be apportioned according to the following:

a) Every member of the Group Executive shall be a delegate to the Annual General Meeting of the Group.

b) There shall be one (1) additional delegate for every two hundred (200) members of the Group, rounded to the nearest one hundred (100). Substitutes Any delegate may be represented by a substitute who shall be authorized, in writing, by the delegate and the highest elected officer available in
the subordinate body which he represents and, upon filing such authorization with the Delegates Committee,
shall act in the place of the delegate and shall be entitled to take part as though he were a delegate.

8.1.4 Notice Notice of the Annual General Meeting shall include, but not limited to, the following information:

a) place of the Annual General Meeting;
b) time and date of the Annual General Meeting, and
c) the proposed agenda of the Annual General Meeting.

8.1.5 Agenda The agenda shall include the following items:
Roll Call (members of the Group Executive)
Approval of the Agenda
Adoption of the Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting
Business Arising from the Minutes
Report of the President
Annual Financial Report
Report of the Elections Committee
New Business, including Proposed By-Law Amendments

8.1.7 Voting Only regular members present at the Annual General Meeting are eligible to vote. Voting shall normally be by a show of hands and each member shall have one (1) vote. Decisions shall be by a simple majority vote.

8.1.3 Quorum Fifty percent (50%) of the members in attendance at the beginning of the meeting shall constitute a quorum.

8.2 Special General Meetings

8.2.1 A Special General Meeting of the Group shall be called by the Group Executive or at the written request of at least 10% of the Group members. This meeting shall be held within six (6) weeks of such call or request.

8.2.2 Only the matter(s) for which the Special General Meeting was called shall appear on the agenda.

8.2.3 The same requirements shall apply to the notice, quorum, governance, attendance and voting at Special General Meetings as are prescribed for the Annual General Meeting.


At any meeting of the Group or Group Executive, or Committees thereof, matters of procedure, insofar as they are not specifically provided for, shall be governed by a majority vote of the members present and voting on the matter of procedure. The Chair of such meeting shall first rule on any matter of procedure or order and shall, in the absence of any By-Law to the contrary, rely upon and be governed by the latest edition of Sturgis' Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure available at the meeting.


10.1 These By-Laws may be amended at a General Meeting of the Group. Approval of proposed amendments requires a simple majority of those voting.

10.2 All proposals for amendments to these By-Laws shall be submitted, in writing, to the Group Executive. Proposed amendments may be submitted by any member of the Group. The notice of the Group meeting at which the amendments will be considered, shall include:
a) the article to be amended; and

b) the new wording.
(See 8.1.2)

10.3 New Constitutions and By-Laws, as well as any amendments, shall be submitted to the Institute By-Laws and Policies Committee for review.

10.4 This Constitution and By-Laws and any amendments thereto shall take effect upon ratification by the Group membership and approval by the Institute.


11.1 The Group Executive may make such Regulations and any amendments thereto, not inconsistent with these By-Laws, as it deems necessary or convenient for the operating of the Group.

11.2 All proposed Regulations and amendments thereto shall be submitted to the Institute for review and approval. They shall take effect on a date determined by the Group Executive, but not earlier than the date they were approved by the Institute.

11.3 Each such Regulation shall be presented to the next General Meeting of the Group, and may be rescinded or amended by such meeting. These constitute changes to the Regulations and shall be subject to Article 11.2.


In this Constitution and By-Laws, expressions in the masculine or feminine gender, in plural or in singular, may be substituted to give effect to the true meaning of the Constitution and By-Laws.


Disciplinary measures may be taken in accordance with the By-Laws and Regulations of the Institute.



R6.5.1 Members wishing to attend a Group Executive meeting, at their own expense, shall normally advise the President or Secretary
(-Treasurer) of their wish to attend, giving the reason for attending.

R6.5.2 A member may be excluded from all or part of a Group Executive meeting to allow the Group Executive to discuss items that it considers to be of a confidential nature.


R7.2 Nominations The nomination form shall contain the following information:

a) the closing date for nominations;

b) an area for the signature of at least three (3)
c) the names of the members of the Election Committee;

d) an area for the candidate's signature indicating a willingness to serve, and

e) a request for a résumé from the candidate.

R7.2.1 The Elections Committee shall meet within three (3) weeks of the closing of nominations to validate the membership of candidates and nominators, required number of nominators and conformance with time requirements. If there are not enough valid nominations, the Elections Committee shall attempt to find candidates to fill vacant positions as required. This shall include investigating any candidate who may have been rejected under this Regulation.
Shall advise the President or Secretary (-Treasurer) of their wish to attend, giving the reason for attending.

R7.3.2 Ballots The newsletter accompanying the ballot shall include copies of all résumés that accompanied valid nomination forms and shall state the time and the date by which ballots must be received at the National Office of the Institute.

R7.3.3 The Elections Committee shall meet within three (3) weeks of the closing of the polls to count the ballots.

R7.15.1 Executive all members of the Group are welcome to attend meetings of the Group Executive. Members wishing to attend, at their own expense, shall advise the President or Secretary (-Treasurer) of their wish to attend, giving the reason for attending.

Approved by the Board of Directors
May 23, 2013

Approved by the Board of Directors
January 28, 2014