In fall 2018 the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy introduced in the House the Professional Governance Act (PGA). The PGA strengthens governance of professionals who work in B.C.’s natural resource (NR) sector and in other sectors.

The PGA was developed after the provincial government accepted recommendations #1 and #2 from the independent final report (the report) by Mark Haddock in June 2018. This report followed a comprehensive review of the professional reliance (PR) model in the NR sector.  The report contains 121 recommendations. Recommendations #1and #2 address professional governance, recommendation #3- #34 address improvements to laws, regulations and authorizations, and the remaining 87 recommendations focus on specific regulatory regimes in the natural resource sector.

The PGA legislates critical elements of professional governance and strengthens government oversight of the professional associations (regulatory bodies) within scope listed by establishing a statutory Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance (Office) in the Ministry of Attorney General. This Office will be responsible for administering the PGA and for ensuring that best practices for professional governance are implemented.

Government continues to consider the remaining recommendations in the report and is acting on many of them as part of its broader goals and mandate commitments for natural resource management, including strengthening results-based laws, building government capacity for compliance and enforcement, modernizing land-use planning, and building true partnerships with Indigenous nations for resource management.

If you have any questions about this project, the report, or the process of engagement please contact NRS.PR.Review@gov.bc.ca