Firm Practice

Overview

The Professional Governance Act requires Engineers and Geoscientists BC to regulate firms that engage in the practice of professional engineering or geoscience. Firms will be required to register for a Permit to Practice with Engineers and Geoscientists BC beginning in July 2021.

Engineers and Geoscientists BC has worked actively, through consultation with government and registrants, to develop a regulatory program that ensures legislative requirements can be met without undue administrative burden on firms, while supporting our shared goal of strengthening public safety and protecting the environment.

These new requirements will bring Engineers and Geoscientists BC in line with other regulatory bodies across Canada that uphold responsibilities and requirements for engineering and geoscience firms. It will enhance public protection by introducing established standards of practice for all firms engaging in professional engineering and geoscience – standards that will be enforced through regular audits to ensure compliance.

The regulatory model is based on three pillars: quality management, continuing education, and ethics. Registrant firms will be required to have a representative attend training, and to have documented policies and procedures in place that indicate how they meet the quality management, ethics, and continuing education requirements within 12 months of registering.

Regulatory Coverage

The regulatory model will include all firms in the private and public sector that engage in the practice of professional engineering or geoscience as part of their operations, including firms that only provide these services internally (this includes advice or services provided internally by an Engineers and Geoscientists BC professional registrant to another employee or individual acting on the firm's behalf). 

If the business activity of a firm does not require the practice of professional engineering or geoscience, then the firm may not need to be registered with Engineers and Geoscientists BC. 

If you are unsure whether your firm should register, please use the Permit to Practice Assessment Tool to determine if your firm requires a Permit to Practice.

Permit to Practice Assessment Tool

Permit to Practice

Entities that engage in the practice of professional engineering or professional geoscience will be required to apply for a Permit to Practice. Registration for a Permit to Practice will open July 2, 2021, and firms will be required to complete their registration before September 30, 2021. For more information, visit our Permit to Practice page.

Additional Information

For more information on firm practice, visit the following pages:

Have a question about Regulation of Firms? Contact [email protected].

Consultation

Since 2015, Engineers and Geoscientists BC has been developing a model for the regulation of firms, led by an Advisory Task Force on Corporate Practice.

Following extensive consultation with registrants and stakeholders, the Task Force developed a regulatory model that will improve regulatory oversight, protect the public interest, and provide opportunities for firms to improve their processes and reduce their risk. This model was approved by Council in June 2019.

The consultation summaries and recommendation reports are available for review below.

Phase 1:

Consultation Summary Report
Recommendations Report

Phase 2:

Recommendations Report
 

Phase 3:

Consultation Summary Report
Recommendations Report