PGA, Bylaws, Governance Manual and Agreements

The Institute is guided by the Professional Governance Act (PGA), Bylaws, the Governance Manual, and other agreements including the Agreement on Internal Trade, the Montreal Accord and the New West Partnership.

Professional Governance Act (2018) - effective February 5, 2021.

The Professional Governance Act (the PGA), of which received Royal Assent in 2018, provides a new regulatory framework for professions in BC.  The Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance (OSPG) was established under the Ministry of the Attorney General in June 2019.  The OSPG strengthens government oversight while being independent from the ministries that regulate sectors in which professionals practice.  It provides the impartiality needed to create an effective and trusted framework for professional governance.

The PGA brings regulatory bodies under one act and provides a consistent governance framework for their professions that incorporates best practices of professional governance.  The OSPG is responsible for administering the PGA and for ensuring that best practices for professional governance are implemented.  

Professional Governance Act [SBC 2018] CHAPTER 47

Office of the Superintendant of Professional Governance (OSPG) Website

The Agrologists Act (2003) was repealed on February 5, 2021

The Agrologists Act provided a legislative framework that outlined the parameters of the profession and the responsibilities of professionals and the regulatory body.  BCIA is recognized as being a self-regulating profession and is a privilege granted by government through legislation. There are exclusive title rights, and in some cases, the exclusive right to practice within the profession. The composition of Council for the Institute and the terms of the councillors are stated.

BCIA Bylaws - effective February 5, 2021

The Bylaws guide BCIA forward as the profession of agrology upholds its protection of the public interest and assists in the responsible development of British Columbia’s natural resources and environmental sectors under the Professional Governance Act.

BCIA Bylaws with Schedules included

Schedule A  - Code of Ethics 

Schedule B - Oath of Office 

Schedule C - Fees 

Governance Manual - February 2021 Version

Agreements

The Institute has committed to other agreements, including: