Professional Governance Act (PGA) and the Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance (OSPG)

The Professional Governance Act (PGA) was fully enacted on February 5, 2021, and provides a new regulatory framework for professions in BC. The Agrologists Act was repealed on February 5, 2021 with the result that BCIA now operates entirely under the Professional Governance Act (PGA), with each regulator having a  respective Schedule under the PGA. 

The Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance was established under the Ministry of the Attorney General in June 2019, and began bringing the PGA into force in stages. The OSPG strengthens government oversight while being independent from the ministries that regulate the sectors in which professionals practice. It provides the impartiality needed to create an effective and trusted framework for professional governance. The OSPG is responsible for administering the PGA and for ensuring that best practices for professional governance are implemented. 

The PGA brings the regulatory bodies under a single Act and provides a consistent governance framework for the professions that incorporates the best practices of professional governance. 

OSPG Updates: 

OSPG Annual Report 2020-2021

OSPG PowerPoint Presentation at the 2021 Provincial AGM

Professional Governance Act [SBC 2018] CHAPTER 47

OSPG Website with Questions & Answers

Regulated Practice and Title Rights

BCIA News Updates are below:

Full Enactment of the Professional Governance Act, Feb 2021

Duty to Report under the Professional Governance Act, Jan 2021         

Practice Rights Update - PGA, Jan 2021

Indigenous Awareness Training Requirement, Oct 2020         

Employer Information Required as Viewable by Registrants, Oct 2020

Lay Councillors Appointed as per Professional Governance Act Requirements, Sep 2020

Update on the PGA and Regulated Practice Submission, July 2020

Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance 2019-2020 Annual Report

Professional Governance Act (S.B.C. Bill 49) - Third Reading

Message to BCIA members from Paul Craven, Superintendent of Professional Governance Office, Oct 2019

Government of British Columbia: Superintendent Chosen for Professional Governance Office, June 2019

BCIA President Update on Professional Governance Act, March 2019

Summary of the Professional Governance Act by JP Ellson, BCIA ED/Registrar, Nov 2018