REGULATORY HIGHLIGHTS As a national leader in regulation since 1920, APEGA’s systems are robust, proactive, and responsive. We are committed to continuous performance and process improvements across all our regulatory functions, ensuring the protection of the public and the compliance of our registrants.
Modernization of the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act
Extension to the General Regulation
APEGA registrants voted electronically to amend Section 79.1 of the General Regulation to extend its expiry date to September 30, 2026. The General Regulation outlines criteria for registration, ethics, and professional development. The extension enables the continued regulation of the engineering and geoscience professions in Alberta while we work with the provincial government to proclaim a modernized EGP Act . This was the first time we had held an electronic vote other than our annual Council elections. More than 9,700 licensed professionals voted, which is nearly 17 per cent of eligible voters. They were strongly in favour of the extension, with almost 97 per cent voting in support.
We continue to work with the Government of Alberta to modernize the Engineering and Geoscience Professions (EGP) Act , which is currently more than 40 years old. The EGP Act is the joint governing legislation for APEGA and the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET). We began a multi-year consultation and review of the legislation in 2014. In 2019, APEGA and ASET agreed on more than 160 recommendations, which we sent as a joint submission to the government. The updated Act will support continued public safety in Alberta through improved transparency and accountability. It will provide meaningful consequences for those who fail to meet our professional, technical, and ethical standards. We hope to see the revised legislation tabled and voted on in 2021.
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