Professional Governance Act
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy received the final report on the professional reliance review on June 28, 2018. The report contains 121 recommendations for improvements to the professional reliance model.
In response to the first two recommendations, the Professional Governance Act (PGA) was introduced to the Legislative Assembly on October 22, 2018 and received Royal Assent November 27, 2018. The legislation will come into force by regulation and in stages beginning in 2019. The intent for the initial stage of implementation is to establish of the Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance (Office) and bring in select powers of the Superintendent. During the implementation transition period, the governance statutes of the five regulatory bodies within scope of the PGA will remain in force until regulations are developed to fully implement the PGA, at which time the five governance statutes will be repealed.
The PGA will set consistent governance standards across the professions within scope, including:
- Increasing public representation and instituting a merit-based nomination process for councils of regulatory bodies;
- Setting common ethical principles;
- Requiring competency and conflict of interest declarations from registered professionals;
- Strengthening the duty to report hazardous practices of professionals;
- Providing whistleblower protections to those who report;
- Providing practice rights authority for all five professions; and,
- Enabling regulatory bodies to regulate firms.