All British Columbians deserve a voice in how our natural resources are managed. 

The provincial government is reviewing the professional reliance model, and your feedback can help shape how forests, minerals, metals, petroleum, fish and other natural resources are managed.

The provincial review will make recommendations on:

  1. Whether professional associations that oversee qualified professionals (QPs) employ best practices to protect the public interest;
  2. Whether government oversight of professional associations is adequate; and
  3. Conditions governing the involvement of QPs in government’s resource management decisions and the appropriate level of government oversight to assure the public their interests are protected.

Professional reliance takes different forms across the natural resources sector, but in general terms is a regulatory model in which government sets the natural resource management objectives or results to be achieved, and professionals hired by proponents decide how those objectives or results will be met. Generally, government oversight focuses on monitoring, compliance and enforcement, rather than reviewing and approving plans or project designs. In doing so, government relies on the professionalism of the qualified professional, the professional and ethical codes they are required to follow, and oversight by the professional associations to which they belong.

Feedback will help inform recommendations that will be part of the final report for this review. The review will be completed in spring 2018 and released to the public.

This engagement is now closed.