Professional Reliance Review Released
Publish date: Friday, June 29, 2018
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals
Oil & Gas Commission
Today, the BC Government released the Professional Reliance Review. You can read it at EngageBC.
We have been advocating for changes to professional reliance for years. Independent, licensed professionals working for the BC public service are vital to effective natural resource development and environmental protection oversight.
The two main recommendations of the review are:
- That government establish an Office of Professional Regulation and Oversight.
- That government standardize 10 elements of professional governance through umbrella legislation.
Recommendation 34 in the report calls on the government to identify opportunities to improve Ministry staffing levels and resources to enhance government oversight. The report emphasizes “In the course of the review it became very clear that staffing levels due to past cuts make it very difficult for some ministries, or some business areas within ministries, to meet basic levels of oversight.” The report also addresses the need for government to become a knowledgeable owner.
Thank you to all of the PEA members who assisted in raising awareness of this issue and for sharing your own stories from the workplace. I look forward to the positive changes resulting from this report.