BCIA President's Special Report on Professional Reliance Review


At approximately 2:30 pm on Thursday 28th, 2018 the Government of British Columbia publicly released the Professional Reliance Review Final Report (“Report”). The Report is authored by Mr. Mark Haddock who is the consultant engaged by the Government to study and recommend changes to the professional reliance model. This model has been used by the Government of British Columbia since 2003.  The Report looks at five professions involved in the natural resource sector in BC being BCIA (BC Institute of Agrologists), CAB (College of Applied Biology) , ATTSBC (Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC) , ABCFP (Association of BC Forest Professionals) and EGBC (Engineers & Geoscientists of BC).

The Report can be regarded as having distinct review themes, as follows:

  1. the governance of the five professional regulators;
  2. the effects of the historically diminished capacity of the government itself to effectively manage the development of the province’s natural resources;
  3. the need for increased involvement of First Nations within resource development decisions and;
  4. the need for legislative changes to 9 separate regulatory regimes currently in use within the province.

The Report contains 123 specific recommendations (plus numerous additional suggestions) and is one of the most extensive reviews of the use, authority and operations of self regulated professions within Canada. In that sense the Report may have significant effects on the profession of agrology within BC.

Consequently, for your ease of reference, BCIA has produced a “brief summary” (“Summary”) of the 122 page Report (plus numerous Appendices) with the objective of providing a document which is Agrologist focused. That Summary is available for BCIA Members to view under the Member Resources and the link to the full Haddock Report can be found at (https://engage.gov.bc.ca/professionalreliance). The text of the Summary consists of approximately 95% direct quotes from the Report but has been reformatted in a manner that should be easier to track and follow those aspects that may be of specific interest to Agrologists.  Please note that the summary is NOT a replacement for the Report and any conflicts or inconsistencies between the two documents must always be reconciled in favour of the Report itself.

I must bring your express attention to Recommendations #1 & #2 found on pages 17-19 of the Summary which specifically address the governance and operations of the five regulators including BCIA. It is those two recommendations that the Government has advised it will implement in some manner within the foreseeable future. If you only have limited time to review this material please review these two recommendations as they will be the focus of BCIA activities over the foreseeable future.

Going forward, the Government is hosting a series of consultation sessions with the five affected professional regulators throughout the month of July. We have been advised that these sessions will concentrate on designing a responsible, realistic and achievable set of legislative amendments by which Recommendations #1 & #2 can be implemented within the province. We expect that the legislative changes will be introduced in the 2018 fall session of the BC Legislature with practical implementation commencing soon thereafter.

To assist BCIA in providing input and guidance to the Government with respect to implementation of the new legislation, whatever form that legislation may take, your Council is contemplating instituting a Professional Reliance Recommendations Committee (“Committee”).  This Committee will be responsible for reviewing the new legislation and subsequent directives received from Government.  The Committee will also be responsible for providing recommendations to Council as to how our profession can realistically implement the new professional environment.

If you are interested in serving on this Committee please provide your contact information, a current resume/CV and a brief outline of why you would like to serve on this volunteer Committee. After the initial set of consultations have been completed Council will have a more clear impression of what types of skill sets and experience will be needed on the Committee.

 Your interest respecting the Committee and/or any comments you may have should be sent to prrc@email.bcia.com as soon as possible.

Your Council looks forward to working with the Government of BC to improve the profession of agrology and the service our Members give toward protecting the public interest of the people of the province.


Yours Truly

Oana Enick, P.Ag.

BCIA President


Thursday, June 28, 2018