New Professional Governance Act to Replace 40-Year-Old Land Surveyors Act

The Government of Alberta has introduced Bill 23 – The Professional Governance Act.
 
The Professional Governance Act would replace the Land Surveyors Act as the governing document for the professional regulation of land surveyors in the province.
 
If passed, the Professional Governance Act will:
  • Provide a consistent and standard way for professional regulatory organizations to carry out core functions such as governance, registration and addressing professional conduct and discipline.
  • Allow development of profession-specific schedules to address any unique needs or requirements.
  • Have consistent processes for amalgamating or deregistering existing professional regulatory organizations and creating new ones.
  • Have a consistent and efficient process to appoint public members to the organizations to ensure the public’s interest is represented.
  • Provide that a public administrator be appointed when a professional regulatory organization is no longer fulfilling its obligations, acting in good faith or serving the public interest and public safety. This provision will be used only in exceptional circumstances when there is a clear threat to the public interest or the interest of public safety.
  • Align with the Labour Mobility Act (awaiting proclamation) and the Fair Registration Practices Act. This will reduce barriers for regulated professionals from outside Alberta and allow their credentials to be recognized more quickly and efficiently. Credentials can also be recognized on a temporary basis to allow out-of-province professionals to work in Alberta on short-term projects or during emergencies.
 
If passed, the Professional Governance Act will take effect upon proclamation.
 
The Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association has been waiting for this legislation to be introduced for a long time and views it as an opportunity to modernize and update its professional regulatory regime to even better protect the interests and concerns of the public. The existing Land Surveyors Act was last amended in 1982.
 

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The Alberta Land Surveyors' Association (ALSA) is a self-regulating professional association legislated under the Land Surveyors Act. The Association regulates the practice of land surveying for the protection of the public.