Important: Enactment of the Professional Governance Act (PGA)

President's Special Report by Jane Kerner, PAg

Professional Governance Act (PGA) fully enacted; Agrologists Act is repealed

After almost 3 ½ years of often challenging work by the staff and Council of the BCIA we are pleased to confirm that the majority of the provisions of the Professional Governance Act (PGA) were enacted by the provincial government on Friday February 5, 2021. The effect of this is that the Agrologists Act under which our profession has operated since its inception in 1947 (with a major upgrade in 2003) has been repealed. The former Act has been replaced by a schedule to the PGA and most significantly a new set of Bylaws which incorporates any necessary changes and additions required by the PGA.

The new legislation standardizes how regulatory bodies govern their registered professionals. This includes expectations on codes of ethics, continuing education, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and transparency in their organizational governance. It increases public access to information on the governance of the regulated professions and ensures professionals continue to be held to the highest ethical and technical standards.

CLICK TO READ -----> President's Special Report (includes a new 'Agrologists Regulation' - definition of agrology)

An Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance (OSPG) now oversees the operation of all professions under the PGA, setting policy directives regulators must follow, and auditing against those policies and regulatory standards.

BCIA will continue to work with the provincial government through the Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance (OSPG) regarding reserved practice (practice rights).

If any questions, please direct them to the Executive Director/Registrar of BCIA, JP Ellson at ed@bcia.com .

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Date: 
Monday, February 8, 2021