Professional Reliance & Scientific Integrity

February 3, 2022 - As part of the memorandum of settlement signed by the parties in the last round of bargaining, the Professional Reliance Task Force prepared a report for government which documents the options and considerations for addressing the Professional Reliance Review recommendations. The Professional Reliance Task Force is hoping to meet with the employer to review the report.  The executive summary is provided below:

This document provides recommendations to improve the Professional Reliance model currently adopted in the Province’s Natural Resource Ministries so that the Ministries can fulfill their basic mandate to manage natural resources effectively and ensure the protection of the natural environment. These recommendations are the result of the work conducted by the Professional Reliance Task Force, a joint PEA-Employer group that was established as part of the 2019 Union Settlement Agreement. While the intent of the joint Task Force was to prepare recommendations endorsed by both the PEA-side and Employer-side of the Task Force, as agreed to during the last round of bargaining with the Employer, the Employer-side representatives moved to different roles and regrettably left the Task Force in early 2020, with no new representatives replacing them. As the mandate of the Task Force is due to expire on December 31, 2021, the PEA-side of the Task Force has prepared recommendations unilaterally.

In the area of Right to Title and Practice, it is recommended that the duties and responsibilities of both PEA and non-PEA professional staff should be reviewed, to ensure that professional registration is required when staff are required to practice in areas where right to title and practice apply. If professional registration is required to fulfill the position’s duties, Government should reimburse the professional registration fees and support the professional development requirements of the licensing professional body for professional staff, regardless of whether this staff are PEA members or not.

The recommendations related to Ministry staff levels speak to the need for an increased professional work force in Government but also highlight that the existing professional staff’s time could be better employed to maximize the use of their professional expertise and experience. Recruitment and retention strategies are also suggested to improve the Government’s ability to attract high-quality professionals.

Regarding the increase of resource information availability, the recommendations include improvement of the existing publicly accessible data platforms, the establishment of data sharing agreements, and outreach activities to educate the public on natural resource data access.

To improve the role of Government as a knowledgeable owner, more investment is recommended into the development and expansion of environmental monitoring programs, the development of robust integrated natural resource management plans and an increased professional capacity in the compliance and enforcement programs.

Read the full report here

Review the June 2023 Union-Side Presentation here




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