Regulation of Firms
The Professional Governance Act will come into force in November 2020, and with the implementation of the new Act, Engineers and Geoscientists BC will receive the legislative authority to regulate engineering and geoscience firms in British Columbia.
Mandatory firm regulation will begin in July 2021.
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.
Engineers and Geoscientists BC is in the process of developing tools and materials to provide guidance to firms and sole practitioners on the new regulatory requirements.
The regulatory model will include all engineering and geoscience entities in the private and public sector that provide products and/or services in BC requiring the practice of professional engineering and/or professional geoscience.
Sole practitioners will also be required to register as a firm with Engineers and Geoscientists BC.
If the primary 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. There will be an exemption application process for firms that don’t fall within the parameters of the regulatory program.
In order to provide engineering and geoscience firms and sole practitioners with advance information on the new requirements before regulation begins, training opportunities will be offered starting in January 2021 and will take place throughout the province.
There will be specific training sessions for sole practitioners as well as for multi-professional firms.
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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.
To review the consultation summary reports and recommendation reports visit the Initiatives and Consultations page.A webinar recording on corporate regulation from February 2019 is available through our Online Learning Centre.