Professional Governance Act, Regulation & the OSPG



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 The Agrologists Act was repealed on the same day, February 5, 2021, with the result that BCIA now operates entirely under the PGAwith each regulator having its respective Regulation. 

The Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance (OSPG) was established under the Ministry of the Attorney General in June 2019 and brought the PGA into force in stages. The OSPG strengthens government oversight while being independent of the ministries that regulate the sectors in which professionals practice. The OSPG 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 five regulatory bodies under a single Act and provides a consistent governance framework for the professions that incorporates the best practices of professional governance. The five regulatory bodies are the BC Institute of Agrologists, the College of Applied Biology, the Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, the Association of BC Forest Professionals, and the Applied Science Technicians and Technologists of BC. 

View the page 'Professional Governance Act, Reserved Practice & Regulation, located under "About BCIA".

The Agrologists Regulation - link to BC Laws

 AGROLOGISTS REGULATION (a Schedule to the Professional Governance Act


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”.

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