Architects to Move Under the Professional Governance Act

Posted on July 17, 2020

On July 14, the Provincial Government advised AIBC that the profession of architecture will be moving under the Professional Governance Act (PGA), joining Engineers and Geoscientists BC and the regulators governing forestry, agrology, applied biology, and applied science technology. The PGA was developed in response to recommendations of government’s professional reliance review, and establishes a new, consolidated framework for professional regulators in the natural and built environment. AIBC is the sixth regulator to move under the PGA, and the first new regulator added since the legislation was passed by government in 2018.

AIBC’s transition to the PGA will begin this fall, when AIBC will begin reporting to the Ministry of the Attorney General – the ministry responsible for the PGA – before transitioning fully into this legislation later in 2021 or early in 2022. AIBC currently reports to the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills, and Training.

In a letter to registrants of AIBC, Minister Melanie Mark expressed support for this change, and cited previous concerns raised by AIBC about deficiencies in the Architects Act, such as the lack of a Duties and Responsibilities section, restricted disciplinary options, and static qualification requirements. She noted that the PGA will provide AIBC with a stronger legislative framework and modern statutory legislation to better support the profession of architecture.

For more information, view AIBC’s letter to registrants.

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