Corporate Practice in BC

Since 2015, Engineers and Geoscientists BC has been examining how practice by corporate entities should be regulated in BC as a means of enhancing public protection. The issue of corporate regulation is raised on an ongoing basis by members and organizations that look to Engineers and Geoscientists BC to ensure that practitioners and companies within various sectors meet the same quality assurance standards.

In Canada, the practice of engineering and geoscience by organizations is regulated in every province and territory except for BC and Quebec.

Our examination of this issue is being led by an advisory task force of members representing a broad range of disciplines and industries, and has included extensive consultation with members and stakeholders.

Current Status

The Task Force is currently developing a business plan to support Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s delivery of corporate regulation, and is working to ensure its plan is aligned with the Professional Governance Actnewly-introduced legislation that will govern Engineers and Geoscientists BC along with four other professions, and enables the registration of firms that employ professionals or carry out reserved practices.

The Task Force is also examining the appropriate level of regulatory oversight for sole practitioners. As these individuals function as both practitioners and corporations, regulation presents some unique challenges that must be thoughtfully considered within the context of corporate regulation. This includes fair fee structures, appropriate risk management, and incorporated versus unincorporated practice.

Consultation Opportunities

The Task Force is currently examining the appropriate level of regulatory oversight for sole practitioners, and consulted with members and sole practitioners from January–March, 2019. The Task Force will now be reviewing member feedback to inform its final recommendation to Council on this issue.

For additional background information, see the Task Force's Phase Two report.

Consultation opportunities included:

  • A webinar held on February 13, 2019: Corporate Regulation: What You Need to Know
  • A member survey that ran from March 8–March 29, 2019
  • Six 90-minute focus groups with sole practitioners in Vancouver, Kelowna, and Victoria in March.

Resources

Phase 1: 2016–2017

September 2016: The Task Force’s discussion paper explores the issue of corporate practice, and outlines options for the potential regulation of engineering and geoscience organizations in BC as a means to enhance public protection.

Discussion Paper

October 2016: This recorded webinar provides a condensed presentation on the issues surrounding corporate regulation and the potential regulatory options under evaluation, followed by Q&A from participants.

Corporate Practice Webinar Video

April 2017: This report summarizes consultation activities and member and stakeholder feedback received over 9 months of consultation on corporate practice.

Consultation Summary Report

April 2017: This report provides the task force's formal recommendations to Council based on the first phase of the association's exploration of corporate practice, including a recommendation to pursue regulatory authority over corporate practice.

Phase 1 Recommendations Report
Phase 2: 2017–2018

June 2018: This report provides the task force's Phase 2 recommendations to Council, which include a regulatory model for the oversight of corporate entities based on three main pillars of ethics, quality management, and professional development, and recommendations on the types of corporate entities that would be included.

Phase 2 Recommendations Report

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about corporate regulation? See our list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Questions, comments, and requests for information can also be directed to [email protected].