Investigation Process

The Professional Governance Act (the “PGA”) gives Engineers and Geoscientists BC the authority and duty to regulate the practice of professional engineering and professional geoscience in British Columbia in the public interest.

In order to carry out its mandate, Engineers and Geoscientists BC investigates complaints against registrants for failure to meet their professional and ethical obligations as set out in the PGA, our Bylaws, and the Code of Ethics.

We are required by section 109 of the PGA to keep confidential information and materials gathered during the complaint and investigation process. At the conclusion of an investigation, the Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Investigation Committee may resolve the matter by means of a consent agreement with the registrant subject to investigation, or it may recommend the commencement of discipline proceedings against the registrant. Discipline proceedings are public and any discipline outcomes or consent agreements are made public. In the event that the Investigation Committee closes the file without any resulting consent agreement or discipline proceedings, the reasons for closure will only be communicated to the complainant and the registrant.

What can Engineers and Geoscientists BC do as the result of a complaint against a registrant or licensee? What can Engineers and Geoscientists BC not do as the result of a complaint against a registrant or licensee?
  • Dismiss the complaint;
  • Make recommendations as to how the registrant or licensee can improve his/her practise or conduct;
  • Require the registrant or licensee to undergo a practice review;
  • Reprimand the registrant;
  • Impose limits or conditions on the registrant's practice, including restricting practice;
  • Suspend registration;
  • Cancel registration; or
  • Impose a fine of not more than $100,000 on the registrant.
  • Obtain financial or other compensation for a complainant from a registrant;
  • Give engineering or geoscience advice about a project;
  • Resolve issues with registrants or contractors on a complainant's behalf;
  • Resolve issues regarding a contract or negotiations;
  • Demand performance or action by a registrant; or
  • Affect the issuance of design, building, or other permits or approval processes by third parties.