In British Columbia, there are 26 regulated health professions, of which 25 are governed by 22 regulatory colleges under the Health Professions Act (HPA). The HPA is an 'umbrella' statute that provides a common regulatory framework for health professions in BC.
One profession (emergency medical assisting) is regulated by a government-appointed licensing board under a separate statute.
Many social workers also practice within the health system. Social workers are a self-regulating profession governed by a regulatory college under the Social Workers Act.
The Ministry of Health is proposing amendments to the Designation Regulation, the Nurses (Licensed Practical) Regulation, the Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation and the Nurses (Registered Psychiatric) Regulation.
The proposed amendment to the designation regulation will enable the amalgamation of the three nursing health profession colleges on September 4, 2018.
Changes to the three nursing regulations will change the name of the three colleges to the “British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals” to reflect the amalgamation as well as make changes to align the regulations in terms of provisional classes of registrants.
Click here to view the amendments for the Designation Regulation.
Click here to view amendments to the Nurses (Licensed Practical) Regulation.
Click here to view amendments to the Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation.
Click here to view amendments to the Nurses (Registered Psychiatric) Regulation.
The Ministry requests that any comments on these proposed regulation amendments be submitted no later than March 12, 2018.
Please submit comments by e-mail only to:
Professional Regulation and Oversight Branch
Health Sector Workforce Division
Ministry of Health
1515 Blanshard Street