The regulatory landscape in British Columbia is changing. In November 2020, the Professional Governance Act (PGA) will come into force and will replace the Engineers and Geoscientists Act.
To help keep registrants informed on this important topic, we recently hosted a webinar and Q&A to provide an update on the status of the new legislation and outlined the new obligations and requirements that registrants need to be aware of. The webinar was presented by Engineers and Geoscientists BC president Lianna Mah, P.Eng., FEC, and is now available on our website through the Online Learning Centre.
Registrants are encouraged to watch the recording to learn more about the Code of Ethics, the requirements of the Continuing Education Program, the Regulation of Firms, and annual information reporting requirements. While most changes will be introduced immediately in November—including the updated Code of Ethics—other changes will come into effect in 2021.
The PGA establishes a new, consolidated framework for professional regulators, including Engineers and Geoscientists BC and regulators for forestry, agrology, biology, applied science, and architecture. It also establishes a new oversight body for this legislation—the Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance (OSPG)—which reports into the Ministry of the Attorney General.
Engineers and Geoscientists BC will continue to keep registrants informed on the changes taking place under the PGA. In the September/October edition of Innovation magazine, a special insert will outline everything registrants need to know about the new legislation. To view Innovation online, visit our website.
Registrants will also continue to receive information on the PGA via email. To ensure we can reach you with important updates, take a moment to log into your account using your six-digit User ID number and password, and review your email address and contact information.
For more information about the PGA visit egbc.ca/pga or contact Engineers and Geoscientists BC at [email protected].