ASETforward – Bill 23 Delay Update
03, Jun, 2022
On 26 May 2022, the Government of Alberta ended the spring legislative session without passing Bill 23 the Professional Governance Act, which aimed to overhaul the professional regulatory legislation in Alberta and allowed the opportunity to enfranchise P.Tech.s with a deeper scope of practice and an independent scope of practice for C.E.T.s.
While ASET is disappointed Bill 23 was not passed, we will continue to advocate with the government and United Conservative Party (UCP) leadership candidates vying to be Alberta’s next premier to ensure Bill 23 is a priority for the next legislative session scheduled to begin 31 October 2022.
Thank you to the hundreds of ASET members who have taken the important step to email the minister of labour and immigration and their local MLA. We are committed to not losing the momentum of the ASETforward campaign and the incredible response and engagement from ASET members.
As the UCP leadership progresses and cabinet ministers are shuffled to cover any vacancies, ASET will continue to update members on our advocacy efforts and how you can continue to help in moving ASETforward!
What is Bill 23?
Bill 23 intended to repeal the governing statutes of 22 professional regulatory organizations (PROs) including ASET, and streamline them under one legislative umbrella.
- Provide a consistent and standard way PROs carry out their core functions such as governance, registration and addressing professional conduct and discipline;
- Development of profession-specific schedules to address any unique needs or requirements;
- PROs will have the power to make bylaws, rules of conduct, codes of ethics and practice standards. These powers will be subject to ministerial oversight and the minister will be able to disallow or require amendments as well as direct new bylaws, rules, codes or standards; and
- All PROs will be able to conduct practice review where the practice review committee will be authorized to establish rules and procedures, and review registrants’ practices.
Bill 23 leaves many details to the profession-specific regulations and schedules which will be developed before its proclamation. The period between passing the bill and proclamation will require a large amount of regulatory work but also provides a massive opportunity for technologists to have a say in the future of their profession.
ASET has been regulating its members to a high standard of ethics, knowledge standards, education requirements and professional discipline for nearly 60 years. On behalf of our members, ASET has been and will continue to work with the government to ensure that the high level of certification and qualifications that ASET members voluntarily adhere to will be protected and advanced through the Professional Governance Act.
The curriculum for a technologist designation is approved and funded by the province and it follows that these qualifications should be protected through a legislated scope of practice. A defined scope of practice would include a clear indication of what technologists are qualified and have permission to do. It would also regulate who can call themselves engineering or applied science technologists, thereby protecting the public from those who are unqualified and misrepresenting their capabilities. Alberta’s legislation should respect the education that Alberta funds, develops, and approves, and respect the technologist profession which has been and continues to be integral to the safety and the economic viability of Alberta.