Engineers and Geoscientists BC is preparing for the implementation of the Professional Governance Act (PGA)—new governing legislation for professional regulators in the natural and built environment, including Engineers and Geoscientists BC and the regulators for forestry, agrology, biology, and applied science.
The PGA will replace the almost 100-year-old Engineers and Geoscientists Act, and introduce new regulatory tools, processes, and requirements for Engineers and Geoscientists BC and its registrants.
The implementation of this new legislation was originally planned for November 2020, but the recently announced provincial election will impact this timing. We anticipate the PGA will come into force in the weeks following the election results and will keep registrants up to date as we learn more.
To ensure registrants are kept informed on the changes coming into effect, we are planning a special pull-out PGA reference guide that will be included in the November/December edition of Innovation magazine. This insert will outline everything registrants need to know about the new legislation. Registrants are encouraged to review and save the guide for future reference.
Beginning later this year and continuing into 2021, Engineers and Geoscientists BC will host a PGA webinar series on key obligations and requirements for registrants. This series is in addition to the Professional Governance Act: 2020 Update - What You Need to Know webinar that we hosted in August 2020. To sign up for the upcoming webinars, or to watch the recording from the August webinar, visit egbc.ca/pga.
Our virtual Annual Conference on October 21–23 features a regulatory affairs professional development stream that includes sessions on a number of PGA-related topics, including regulation of firms, the updated Code of Ethics, and mandatory continuing education requirements. Register to attend at egbc.eventsair.com/ac20.
We will continue to send important PGA updates via email and include information and reminders in eNews, Innovation magazine, and on our website and social media channels. To ensure you receive these updates, make sure your contact information is up to date.
If you have any questions about the new legislation or what the requirements mean for you, visit our website at egbc.ca/pga or contact us at [email protected].
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