Regulatory college amalgamation update

Sep 21, 2023

Over the summer, the amalgamating colleges have been working closely together and with trusted advisors in planning efforts for amalgamation Day 1 in June 2024. Whilst we’ve been busy, there are some key updates to share with you.

  • We have a plan in place to identify, decide and execute on critical priorities for our new multi-professional regulatory college. In the interim, we are committed to ‘business as usual’ service delivery today, tomorrow, on Day-1 and beyond.
  • In July, the Ministry of Health officially appointed Allan Seckel K.C, pursuant to S.25.05(04) of the Health Professions Act (HPA), to lead the upcoming regulatory college amalgamation. Allan has a diverse background spanning public service, private legal practice and work in the not-for-profit sector in BC and brings expertise and guidance to amalgamation efforts.
  • With his appointment, Allan assumes the powers of the college boards for matters directly relating to the amalgamation. His appointment allows us the benefit of a clear decision maker with respect to amalgamation-related decisions, and he is working closely with current college boards to make these decisions with alignment and in a timely manner.
  • The important services for Registration & Renewals, Complaints & Discipline, and Practice Support set out by the HPA remain each college’s responsibility. This amalgamation appointment does not have any impact on the services you rely on today. If there are changes, we will be swift to communicate these changes in the coming months.
  • In August, we undertook a recommendation process to propose new college names to the Ministry of Health. Using this input, we look forward to the Ministry of Health’s final decision for our new college names.

The progress made so far has defined the amalgamation plan inclusive of specific activities we will complete to prepare for amalgamation. Allan’s appointment is an important step in moving this process forward and provides a single escalation point to guide decisions.

From September 2023, we will continue with our amalgamation activities as planned. We will share details with you as amalgamation decisions are made, including any changes to communication methods, future college structure, pertinent fee information, or other topics relevant to you, our registrants.

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