BCIA has consistently maintained that to achieve the primary objective of the Professional Governance Act of protecting the public interest, all agrology professionals must be qualified, competent and accountable through regulated practice. The definition of the regulated practice of agrology under the Professional Governance Act is detailed in the Agrologists Regulation. The regulation does not, in and of itself, provide practice rights to the agrology profession; instead it is the foundation upon which we can define what is called under the Professional Governance Act "Reserved Practice'.
The definition of agrology as prescribed in the "Regulated Practice" is intended to outline the activities in which agrologists are allowed to practice within British Columbia. The format of this definition is very similar to the previous definition of agrology in the repealed Agrologists Act; however, there are significant differences that appear at first to be subtle, and they are bolded in the new definition below:
Advice or services that are based on agricultural or natural sciences or agricultural or resource economics and 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;
or that supports that advice or services. The practice of agrology does not include the provision of advice or services within the reserved practice of a registrant of another regulatory body.
For purposes of the new stipulation of reserved practice, the above-noted provisions can be referred to as “agrology purposes”.
The Agrologists Regulation maintains exclusive use of the title for Registrants in good standing with the BC Institute of Agrologists. These include:
- Professional Agrologist (PAg)
- Articling Agrologist (AAg)
- Technical Agrologist (TAg)
- Articling Technical Agrologist (ATAg)
No individual may present themselves with any of these titles without being in contravention of the Professional Governance Act.
By an Order in Council dated September 13, 2021 the government of BC granted practice rights to the profession of agrology within the province. Those rights, which become enforceable on September 1, 2022, ensure that certain agrology services can only be provided by Registrants of BCIA or by a Registrant of other professions that have reached an agreement with BCIA with respect to overlapping jurisdiction.
Anyone practicing agroloy as defined in the Agrologists Regulation must be registered with the BC Institute of Agrologists.
Upon the enactment of the Professional Governance Act, Council approved new BCIA Bylaws, which incorporates any necessary changes and additions required by the PGA. The Bylaws guide BCIA forward as the profession of agrology upholds its protection of the public interest and assists in the responsible development of British Columbia's natural resources and environmental sectors under the Professional Governance Act.
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