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. Within 12 months of registering, 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.
Engineers and Geoscientists BC has developed tools and materials to provide guidance to firms and sole practitioners on the new regulatory requirements. For more information and resources, visit the Firm Practice page.