What is the Professional Governance Act?
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.
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)
Some professions (biologists, agrologists, and science technologists and technicians) may gain practice rights once the PGA is fully implemented.
See Factsheet: Professional Governance Act Overview
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.
- 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.
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 The current legislation governing the respective professions will be officially repealed when the legislation comes fully into force.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.