Leadership and Ministry changes at OSPG

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On December 7, 2022, responsibility for the Professional Governance Act was transferred from the Ministry of Attorney General to the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills, where OSPG will be associated with the Governance and Corporate Planning Division. This change has been made in recognition of the linkages between professional governance, labour mobility, and … Read More

Draft Standards of Good Regulation for Comment

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OSPG published draft Standards of Good Regulation in 2021, considering the experience and best practices of the Professional Standards Authority in the United Kingdom. After gaining practical experience with using those draft standards to evaluate regulatory bodies, the OSPG has reviewed and proposed updates to the standards. Proposed changes focus on improving clarity, eliminating duplication, … Read More

Regulatory Body Familiarization Reviews Report Published

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The Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance (OSPG) has completed a familiarization review process with the five original regulatory bodies under the Professional Governance Act (PGA). This provides a baseline understanding of how each regulatory body is already meeting or planning to meet the draft Standards of Good Regulation and is a starting point … Read More

New Limited Licences for Biologists and Agrologists

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On October 1, 2022, important amendments to the Biologists Regulation and Agrologists Regulation, made through Order in Council 482/2022, added additional reserved titles for new limited license categories of registrants. The new limited license categories provide a pathway for individuals to be granted authority to carry out parts of a reserved practice according to their … Read More

New reserved practices for applied biology and agrology are now in force. On September 13, 2021, the reserved practices for the College of Applied Biologists (CAB) and the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists (BCIA) were granted through Order in Council 517/2021 with implementation following a year later to allow  professions and practitioners to prepare. The … Read More

The Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance (OSPG) has completed its investigation (assessment) of the home inspection profession following a request from the Deputy Solicitor General to consider designation of Home Inspectors under the Professional Governance Act (PGA). The intentions report provides a summary of OSPG’s investigation process, including engagement completed to date, provides … Read More

The Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance (OSPG) has completed its investigation (assessment) of the landscape architecture profession following a designation application from the BC Society of Landscape Architects (BCSLA) to consider inclusion of landscape architecture under the Professional Governance Act (PGA). The intentions report provides a summary of OSPG’s investigation process, including engagement … Read More

Annual Report

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The Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance (OSPG) has filed its third annual report with the Clerk of the legislature. The 2021-2022 Annual Report provides an in-depth look at the year in review. This includes an overview of the work completed in the first year of full operations under the Professional Governance Act (PGA), … Read More

Notice is provided of recruitment for three upcoming lay councillor vacancies to be appointed to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) council. A pool of candidates will be established for the lay councillor vacancies that will coincide with the transition of AIBC to the Professional Governance Act (PGA) later this year. AIBC serves and … Read More

Amendments made to the Professional Governance Act

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To improve consistency and best practices across registered professions, David Eby, Attorney General, proposed amendments to the Professional Governance Act that received royal assent on June 2nd. Read about the changes in the April 25th, 2022 BC Government news bulletin here.