Professional reliance: in the context of the NR sector, is a regulatory model in which government sets the NR 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 and specialized competence of the qualified professional, the professional and ethical codes they are required to follow, and oversight by the professional associations to which they belong.

Qualified professional (QP): in relation to a duty or function under ministry legislation, regulations or codes of practice, means an individual who: (a) is registered in B.C. with a professional association, is acting under that organization’s codes of ethics, and is subject to disciplinary action by that association, and; (b) through suitable education, experience, accreditation and knowledge, may reasonably be relied upon to provide advice within their area of expertise, which is applicable to the duty or function. QPs are a subset of registered professionals.

Registered professional or registrant: refers to a professional registered with a regulatory body within scope of the proposed Professional Governance Act. Registrant also captures registered firms.

Umbrella Legislation: refers to a single comprehensive statute for the governance of those regulatory bodies that are covered by the Act.