Professional Governance Act, Reserved Practice & Regulation

Agrology in British Columbia is a regulated profession. The Professional Governance Act (PGA) was fully enacted on February 5, 2021, and provides the regulatory framework for professions in BC. The Agrologists Act was repealed on the same day, with the result that BCIA now operates entirely under the PGA, with each regulator having its respective regulation. 

The BC Institute of Agrologists (BCIA) is the regulatory body for the agrology profession in British Columbia. 

As of September 1, 2022, only those individuals registered with BCIA will be able to dispense agrology advice in British Columbia. Any individual or firm practising agrology and not registered with BCIA will be prosecuted in British Columbia as of September 1, 2022.  The sole exemption is a farmer practising agrology upon their land.

Office of the Superintendant of Professional Governance (OSPG) 

The Office of the Superintendant of Professional Governance 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Professional Governance Act [SBC 2018] CHAPTER 47   The Agrologists Act was repealed on February 5, 2021, with the Professional Governance Act (the PGA), which received Royal Assent in 2018, now providing a new regulatory framework for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 Agrologists Regulation is a Schedule to the Professional Governance Act and contains the definition of agrology.  

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”.