Professional Governance Act, Regulation, Bylaws, Governance Manual and Agreements

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

BC Cabinet Grants Reserved Practice Rights to Professional Agrologists, September 2021

President's Special Report:  Practice Rights Granted to Professional Agrologists

See also the related page  "Professional Governance Act, Regulation and the OSPG" under "News"

Professional Governance Act (2018) was fully enacted on February 5, 2021.

The Agrologists Act was repealed on February 5, 2021, with the Professional Governance Act (the PGA), which received Royal Assent in 2018, now providing a new regulatory framework for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 of 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   

The Agrologists Regulation is a Schedule to the Professional Governance Act and contains the definition of agrology.  The link is to BC Laws online.

Reserved Practice Rights - Order in Council, signed 13 September 2021.

 AGROLOGISTS REGULATION (a Schedule to the Professional Governance Act

Definitions

1    (1) in this regulation:

 “practice of agrology”, subject to subsection (2), means the provision of any of the following advice or services:

    (a) Advice or services that

          i. Are based on agricultural or natural sciences or agricultural or resource economics, and

         ii. Relate to

             (A)     Cultivation, production, improvement, processing, marketing or management of aquatic or terrestrial plants or animals,

             (B)    Classification, management, use, conservation, protection or enhancements of aquatic, terrestrial or atmospheric ecosystems that are affected by, sustain or have the potential to sustain the cultivation or production of aquatic or terrestrial plants or animals, or

             (C)    Restoration, reclamation or remediation of aquatic, terrestrial or atmospheric ecosystems;

      (b) Advice or services that are ancillary to those described in paragraph (a).

For purposes of the new stipulation of reserved practice, the above-noted provisions can be referred to as “agrology purposes”.

Office of the Superintendant of Professional Governance (OSPG)

BCIA Bylaws effective as of February 5, 2021

The Bylaws guide BCIA  to uphold the protection of the public interest in the practice of agrology and 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 - June 2021 Version

  • Section 7 - Regulation and Bylaws
  • Section 8 - Contact Lists: 

Agreements

The BC Institute of Agrologists has committed to other agreements, including: