2022 APEGA Annual Report

The professions prepare for new legislation REGULATORY TRENDS WHAT SUCCESS LOOKS LIKE: We recognize and address emerging issues affecting our professions and our ability to self-regulate.

The provincial government introduced Bill 23, the Professional Governance Act (PGA) , in May 2022. •If passed, Bill 23 will repeal and replace the governing legislation of 22 professional regulatory organizations (PROs)—including the Engineering and Geoscience Professions (EGP) Act —into a single governance framework. •The proposed legislation contains a generic act and general regulations relevant to these 22 PROs, in addition to profession-specific schedules and significant bylaw changes. In preparation for the proposed legislation, APEGA conducted an in-depth analysis of our procedures in 2022 to ensure a timely response to any developments. Although the legislative session ended before Bill 23 could pass, we continued to work with government representatives to identify the potential impacts of the PGA on our current regulatory processes. Modernized legislation will enable APEGA to regulate our professions more effectively and continue protecting public safety in Alberta. •In 2014, we began extensive, multi-year legislative renewal consultations. •In 2019, along with the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET), we submitted more than 160 regulatory recommendations to the province. ASET is also governed by the EGP Act . › The PGA includes many of these recommendations, including increased fines for unskilled or unprofessional conduct. These legislative changes would move APEGA’s regulatory standards into the 21st century and ensure world-class practice and safety standards continue to remain a crucial part of the engineering and geoscience professions.

May 2022

› Government of Alberta introduces Bill 23, the Professional Governance Act , during the spring legislative session. › The act passes its second reading.

October 2022

› The fall legislative session ends prior to Bill 23 passing all of the required review stages.

November 2022

“As the regulator for engineering and geoscience, APEGA looks forward to working with the Government of Alberta to achieve the goals of this new legislation. We fully support the government’s commitment to increasing accountability and enhancing the governance of professional regulatory organizations to further support the public interest and public safety.” › Premier Danielle Smith mandates Skilled Trades and Professions Minister Kaycee Madu to continue working on a common governance model for the 22 PROs.

– Jay Nagendran, P.Eng., APEGA registrar and chief executive officer

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