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The Professional Governance Act and supporting regulations come into force on Feb. 5, 2021. The current legislation governing the designated professions will be officially repealed at that time.

The new legislation standardizes how regulatory bodies govern their registered professionals including expectations on codes of ethics, continuing education, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and transparency in their governance. It increases public access to information on the governance of the regulated professions and ensures professionals are held to the highest ethical and technical standards.

The regulatory bodies involved oversee more than 60,000 professionals working in B.C. across a range of disciplines in the natural resources sector, industry, transportation, construction and real estate industries, among others.

The superintendent’s office will issue guidelines and has the power to issue directives to regulators to ensure compliance and enforcement of best practices, and professional and ethical standards, and staff can investigate issues in professional governance.

Read the full Information Bulletin and Key Messages and Q&As on Practice Rights under the PGA.

The Orders in Council bringing the PGA and supporting regulations into force have been posted in the Orders In Council section of BC Laws website. Updates to Professional Governance Act and Regulations on will be made on the website in the coming weeks.

Also see the Agrologists RegulationApplied Science Technologists and Technicians RegulationApplied Biologists Regulation, Engineers and Geoscientists Regulation,  and Forest Professionals Regulation.