Investigation Process

The Engineers and Geoscientists Act authorizes Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia to regulate the practise of professional engineering and professional geoscience in British Columbia. The Provincial Government has given this authority to the organization to protect the public.

In order to protect the public, Engineers and Geoscientists BC investigates complaints against registrants for failure to meet their professional and ethical obligations as set out in the Act, our Bylaws, and the Code of Ethics. Further information on the ethical obligations of registrants can be found in the Code of Ethics Guidelines.

We are required by section 46 of the Engineers and Geoscientists Act to keep confidential any ongoing investigations. At the conclusion of an investigation, if the organization’s Investigation Committee recommends the commencement of discipline proceedings against any registrant(s), those proceedings are made public. In the event the Investigation Committee does not recommend any disciplinary proceedings, the reasons will only be communicated to the complainant and the registrant regarding the matter.

What can the organization do as the result of a complaint against a registrant or licensee? What can the organization 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 conditions on the registrant's practice, including restricting practice;
  • Suspend registration;
  • Cancel registration; or
  • Impose a fine of not more than $25,000 on the registrant.
  • Obtain financial or other compensation for a complainant from a registrant of the organization;
  • Give engineering or geoscience advice about a project;
  • Resolve issues with 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.