The Engineers and Geoscientists Act authorizes the Association to regulate the practice of professional engineering and professional geoscience in British Columbia. The Provincial Government has given this authority to the Association to protect the public.
In order to protect the public, the Association investigates complaints against members and licensees for failure to meet their professional and ethical obligations as set out in the Act, the Association Bylaws, and the Code of Ethics. Further information on members' and licensees' ethical obligations may be found in the Code of Ethics Guidelines.
APEGBC is required by section 46
of the Engineers and Geoscientists Act
to keep confidential any ongoing investigations. At the conclusion of an investigation, if APEGBC’s Investigation Committee recommends the commencement of discipline proceedings against any APEGBC member(s) those proceedings are made public
. In the event that the Investigation Committee does not recommend any disciplinary proceedings, the reasons will only be communicated to the complainant and the member regarding the matter.
The Association also investigates complaints against people who are not members of the Association and who are illegally practicing engineering or geoscience or using titles that are restricted to members.
What can the Association do as the result of a complaint against a member or licensee?
What can the Association not do as the result of a complaint against a member or licensee?
- Dismiss the complaint.
- Make recommendations as to how the member or licensee can improve his/her practice or conduct.
- Require the member or licensee to undergo a practice review.
- Reprimand the member or licensee.
- Impose conditions on the member's or licensee's practice, including restricting practice.
- Suspend membership/licensure.
- Cancel membership or licensure.
- Impose a fine of not more than $25,000 on the member or licensee.
- Obtain financial or other compensation for a complainant from a member or licensee of the Association.
- Give engineering or geoscience advice about a project.
- Resolve issues with contractors on a complainant's behalf.
- Resolve issues regarding a contract or negotiations.
- Demand performance or action by a member or licensee of the Association.
- Affect the issuance of design, building or other permits or approval processes by third parties.