Review of Professional Reliance Model

The review considered feedback from a public engagement process conducted December 1, 2017 to January 19, 2018, which received over 2,200 feedback forms from the public, 102 stakeholder submissions, and over 1,800 surveys from professionals, along with findings from a review of current legislation and best practices in other jurisdictions and sectors. As well, all B.C. Indigenous nations were invited to share their experiences, including how their Nation values the use of qualified professionals (QPs) to inform natural resource decisions related to resource use. The purpose of this engagement was to solicit feedback on the performance of the current professional reliance model and possible enhancements from a diverse group of stakeholders, including QPs, those who use QP information in both government and the private sector, and the general public.

There were several ways to participate in the engagement process which was open from December 1, 2017 to January 19, 2018.

  1. Citizens (individuals) and users of QP information (e.g. proponents) could complete an online survey.
  2. Stakeholders were invited to submit a formal submission.
  3. QPs were invited to complete a survey through their member associations.

What Happened to Your Input

Feedback collected from Indigenous nations, the public, stakeholders, those who use QP information in government and the private sector, professional associations, as well as QPs themselves was considered. After the public feedback process closed on January 19, 2018 government analyzed the results and made a summary report available to the public. This summary is listed as an appendix of the final report.

Development of the Professional Governance Act

Following the release of the report and government’s commitment to move forward with recommendations on professional governance, the ministry worked extensively with the five regulatory bodies over 11 half-day sessions on the policy areas to be included in the proposed PGA. Indigenous nations throughout the province were invited to provide input on professional governance. Key proposed elements were discussed at five face-to-face meetings and two online sessions, with eight nations participating. A two-day advisory roundtable workshop involving the regulatory bodies to be included in the PGA (on day one), community groups, other professional associations, businesses, unions, environmental organizations, and an Indigenous organization allowed for these interested parties to provide input into the legislative framework. The Professional Governance Act reflects the practical advice provided by regulatory bodies, Indigenous nations and interested parties.

Regulations Intentions Paper

Government released the Regulations Intentions Paper Consequent to the Proposed Professional Governance Act on October 30, 2018 and received feedback until March 4, 2019. Following the release of the paper, the Professional Governance Act (PGA) received Royal Assent on November 17, 2018.

Purpose and Scope

The Regulations Intentions Paper Consequent to the Proposed Professional Governance Act describes the topics that government was seeking feedback on to help inform the development of future policy and regulations on three specific topics under the PGA. The intentions paper is organized into two parts. Part One of the paper describes the PGA, with the main purpose to explain how the governance of the five regulated professions in scope will change. Part Two of the paper describes the following topics for feedback:

  1. Practice rights of professions: what is required to support professions governed under the PGA to operate with both ‘reserved titles’ and ‘reserved practices’? What considerations should guide the process of defining reserved practices for the professions?
  2. Regulation of firms: what is required to support professions governed under the PGA to regulate firms? What general and profession-specific considerations should this framework take into account?
  3. Competency declarations and conflict of interest declarations: When and how should declarations be required and what should be considered to ensure this process is efficient and effective?

What Happened to Your Input

Feedback received by March 4, 2019 will be incorporated in a “what we heard” summary report that will be released publicly in spring 2019. The input received will inform policy and regulation development as well as further engagement on the topics covered in the intentions paper.