Regulation - Minister

Professional Geoscientists Act, 2000: Proposed Registration Regulation Amendment

Regulation Number(s):
Ontario Regulation 59/01
Instrument Type:
Regulation - Minister
Bill or Act:
Professional Geoscientists Act, 2000
Summary of Decision:
An amendment was made to subparagraph 1 i of subsection 8 (1), so that an applicant for a practicing member certificate will be required to have, awarded by a Canadian university in an areas of geoscience, a four-year bachelor of science degree or an equivalent qualification, as determined by the Registration Committee, which meets the course requirements set out in the document entitled "Minimum Knowledge (Academic) Requirements" dated April 2009.

Regulatory changes were made to clarify specific knowledge requirements in order to qualify for membership and to maintain consistent geoscientist registration standards with all other Canadian jurisdictions assuring labour mobility and AIT compliance.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
April 19, 2012
Summary of Proposal:
The Regulation regulates the licensing of Professional Geoscentists in Ontario.

The Act established the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO) as the governing body for professional geoscientists, reporting to the Minister.

The APGO is proposing an amendment to section 8 of the Regulation.

As per the proposed amendment, an applicant for a practicing member certificate will be required to have a four-year bachelor of science degree or its equivalent, awarded by a Canadian university, in an area of geoscience where the degree meets established entry level criteria as set by the Registration Committee.

The registration criteria will be consistent with those covered by the Canada-wide Memorandum of Understanding in place between all geoscience regulating jurisdictions/organizations including Ontario/APGO (" Geoscience Knowledge and Experience Requirements for Professional Registration In Canada - Revised March 2012 ") and therefore promote interprovincial mobility for geoscientists as per Ontario Labour Mobility Act, 2009.

The proposed amendment would clarify and confirm existing entry level criteria.

The Ministry and the APGO are working together on this proposed amendment.
Contact Address:
Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
Corporate Policy Secretariat
Whitney Block, Room 5630
99 Wellesley St. W.
Toronto, ON M7A 1W3

Effective Date:
September 7, 2012