Call for Volunteers
The new BCSLA PGA Working Group (PGAWG) is charged with understanding and planning for change. Be a part of this team, and you’ll be leading the way.
The BCSLA Board of Directors has created this group to review and plan for impacts resulting from the inclusion of the BCSLA in the PGA. It will look at governance structure, continuing education and advocacy programs, scope of practice and more, along with recent changes made by the professional bodies already designated. On August 23rd the Board of Directors will elect a PGAWG Chair from those interested in leading the group. Please contact Tara Culham at the BCSLA office for more information or to sign up!
The Professional Governance Act (PGA) Bill 49- 2018 governs professionals working in the natural resource sector and built environment, and the Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance reports to the Ministry of the Attorney General. The PGA currently governs the five regulatory bodies which oversee agrologists, applied biologists, applied science technologists and technicians, engineers and geoscientists, and forest professionals. The governing body for architecture will be included later this year. If the BCSLA is designated as a regulator under the PGA, there will be an opportunity to apply for establishment of practice rights in the future. Learn about the BCSLA and the PGA.
The BCSLA Designation Intentions Paper was released on July 12th for a month of stakeholder review and comment. Learn more here.
The BCSLA Regulatory Review Task Force (RRTF) has successfully completed their work and has been disbanded. A huge thank you to Jacqueline Lowe, Co-Chair, Adrienne Brown, Co-Chair, Frank Basciano, Catherine Berris, Gerard Cadger, Larry Diamond, Doron Fishman, Paul De Greeff, Illarion Gallant, Cynthia Girling, Erik Lees, Meredith Mitchell, Erik Mustonen, Al Neufeld and Donna Rodman for their dedication and enthusiasm.
OSPG Publishes Intentions Report for the Designation of Landscape Architects
Posted on July 12, 2022
The Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance (OSPG) has completed its investigation (assessment) of the landscape architecture profession following a designation application from the BC Society of Landscape Architects (BCSLA) to consider inclusion of landscape architecture under the Professional Governance Act (PGA).
The intentions report provides a summary of OSPG’s investigation process, including engagement completed to date, provides background information on the profession and the BCSLA, and provides high-level findings of the investigation. It includes a preliminary indication of the direction being considered by the Superintendent and gives an opportunity for interested parties to provide feedback regarding any impacts that may result from this direction.
The intentions report for the landscape architects can be accessed here: [BCSLA Designation Intentions Paper]
Please submit your feedback to [email protected] by August 12, 2022.
What is the Professional Governance Act?
Bill 49: Professional Governance Act (PGA) received Royal Assent in November 2018 (passed in the Legislature). In June 2019 select parts of the PGA were brought into force to begin transition to the PGA. These include the provisions establishing the Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance (OSPG) and some administrative powers of the Superintendent. The Professional Governance Act was developed in response to two key recommendations of government’s 2018 professional reliance review, which evaluated the current legislation governing qualified professionals in the natural resource sector, and the role of professional regulators in upholding the public interest. The legislation sets consistent standards for ethical principles, duties and responsibilities, and governance structures, and it introduces new regulatory tools, processes, and requirements. The original five groups were brought under the PGA on February 5, 2021.
Which professions are currently being brought under the PGA?
- Engineers and Geoscientists of BC
- Association of BC Forest Professionals
- BC Institute of Agrologists
- College of Applied Biology
- Applied Scientist Technologists and Technicians of BC
The Architectural Institute of BC (AIBC) is currently working closely with OSPG to transition to the PGA this year.
What are the implications and changes for these professions?
The PGA will update the Codes of Ethics to align the with a set of mandatory ethical principles
The PGA will provide authority for regulatory bodies to regulate firms
Mandatory continuing education will be required
Registrants will need to verify their area of practice annually and keep their contact information up-to-date
The PGA also introduces broad changes to governance structure, including nomination and election processes and the composition of Council (the equivalent of our Board)
How does this affect Landscape Architects in BC?
BCSLA formally expressed interest in joining the PGA on May 28, 2020. The draft application was submitted on July 8, 2021. On August 20, 2021 the Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance confirmed that it will undertake an investigation in response to the BCSLA’s application for designation under the PGA. Notice of this proceeding was published in the British Columbia Gazette. This investigation is expected to last for approximately eight months. Please contact Tara Culham at the BCSLA office for more information or if you have any questions.
Who is representing the BCSLA?
The Regulatory Review Task Force (RRTF): Jacqueline Lowe and Adrienne Brown, Co-Chairs, Catherine Berris, Larry Diamond, Cynthia Girling, Meredith Mitchell, Erik Mustonen, Al Neufeld and Donna Rodman.
Why did the BCSLA decide to make this application?
- To demonstrate to the OSPG that the BCSLA is committed to regulating landscape architecture with a current understanding of practice and responsibility to the public interest, professional responsibilities, and overlaps with other professions
- To build on existing relationships and work collaboratively with the OSPG and the six allied professional groups
- To improve and update the BCSLA’s governing legislation: The Architects (Landscape) Act.
Mandatory Member Event: BCSLA Application to the Professional Governance Act (PGA)
From May to July 2021 the BCSLA delivered a series of on online presentations to Members and Associates along with live question and answer sessions with the BCSLA Regulatory Review Task Force (RRTF) Co-Chairs, Jacqueline Lowe and Adrienne Brown. Thank you to everyone for attending and for your fantastic questions. View the Slide Deck and the Frequently Asked Questions.
Please contact Tara Culham at the BCSLA office with any questions or comments. We appreciate your feedback!
OSPG Information Bulletin - Click here - Modernized professional governance act takes effect
Legislation that increases transparency and accountability for regulatory bodies, ensuring professionals act in the public interest, came into force on Feb. 5, 2021. The current legislation governing the respective professions will be officially repealed when the legislation comes fully into force. The designated regulatory bodies will begin operating entirely under the Professional Governance Act (PGA). Government passed the PGA in 2018 and began bringing it into force in stages in June 2019.
OSPG Policy and Direction
Please contact the BCSLA office with any questions or comments.