Proposed new Registration Regulation (O. Reg. 59/01) under Professional Geoscientists Act, 2000
Regulation - Minister
Bill or Act:
Professional Geoscientists Act, 2000
Summary of Decision:
A decision was made to proceed with the proposal. The proposal was implemented by a new regulation - O. Reg. 324/16 to the Professional Geoscientists Act, 2000. The new regulation was filed with the Registrar of Regulations on September 28, 2016 and will come into force on November 12, 2016.
March 23, 2016
Summary of Proposal:
Pursuant to the Professional Geoscientists Act, 2000 (PGA), subject to the approval of the Minister of Northern Development and Mines (the "Minister"), the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO) council may make regulations in respect of items listed in the PGA.
The APGO has submitted a revised Registration Regulation (O. Reg. 59/01) for consideration and approval by the Minister. There is a link to the revised Registration Regulation at the bottom of this notice.
After discussions on the extent of proposed changes to the Registration Regulation, APGO and the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines ("MNDM") agreed to a substantial rewrite of the regulation.
According to the APGO, the proposed rewritten regulation will accomplish the following main goals:
Provide clarification and consistency for application for registration as a member.
Provide Professional Geoscientists with a consistent regulatory framework and equal access to work (i.e. "a level playing field") with professional engineers in specific situations.
Address new circumstances which have developed or been identified since the original regulation was written (e.g. renewal of registration, application for lapsed member)
The APGO indicates the key changes and updates in the proposed rewritten regulation are:
Limited members will be permitted to independently sign and seal within the limitations specified on the limited member's certificate of registration.
Consistent and clear requirements for member professional development.
Clarity of requirements for registration as a member, including education, references, supervision and work experience outside of Canada.
Clarity with regards to eligible foreign references.
Limited membership requirement of a Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent foreign credential as well as specificity concerning the duration and type of geoscience work experience.
Clarity concerning registration expiry and the process for annual renewal.
Where a membership has expired, an application to be re-registered can be submitted no later than four months after the effective date of the expiry of the resignation. After the four month window, the former member can only become a member by following the application process for new members.
Where a membership has been resigned prior to the expiry of the registration, the former member may apply within five years of the effective date of the resignation to be re-registered. After five years, the resigned member can only become a member by following the application process for new members.
The responsibility holder of a Certificate of Authorization must be an employee of the applicant.
The above highlights only the most significant changes but is not intended to capture all of the changes in the proposed rewritten regulation.
You may view the full text of the proposed new regulation by using the link at the bottom of this notice.
The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines is seeking input on the above proposal.
Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
Corporate Policy Secretariat
Room 5630 - 99 Wellesley Street West
Toronto ON M7A 1W3
November 12, 2016