Bill 49 – Professional Governance Act follows recommendations on professional governance provided in the the report on professional reliance submitted by Mark Haddock to government in June 2018. The review of the Province’s professional reliance model was conducted in fall/winter 2017-2018 with the goal to ensure the highest professional, technical and ethical standards are being applied to resource management in B.C. The report provided recommendations following a review of the professional reliance model in the NR sector. The ministry led the collection of information that Mark Haddock considered in developing the report and accompanying recommendations. The review was in accordance with the 2017 Confidence and Supply Agreement between the NDP and Green Caucus to “address failures in the professional reliance model in B.C.”[1], as well as the 2017 mandate letter for Minister Heyman to meet the “public’s expectation of a strong, transparent process.”[2]

The provincial government accepted the first two governance recommendations in the report. These recommendations involved restructuring the governance of the regulatory bodies by creating a new office to oversee professional legislation, developing best practices for governance and regulating professional associations as needed, and standardizing elements of professional governance through umbrella legislation.

The five regulatory bodies and statutes included in the review and which define the current scope of the changes to professional governance and oversight under the proposed Act are:

  • Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of B.C. (ASTTBC) (Applied Science Technologists and Technicians Act)
  • Association of B.C. Forest Professionals (ABCFP) (Foresters Act)
  • B.C. Institute of Agrology (BCIA) (Agrologists Act)
  • College of Applied Biology (CAB) (College of Applied Biology Act)
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, known as Engineers and Geoscientists B.C. (EGBC) (Engineers and Geoscientists Act)