Notices to the Professions

Notice to the Professions /
Update for registrants on amalgamation of CSHBC with six other health regulatory colleges on June 28, 2024

The amalgamation of the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia (CSHBC) with six other health profession regulatory colleges on June 28, 2024, is now three months away. As such, CSHBC is providing an update for registrants about amalgamation and how it is expected to affect regulated health professionals.

Confirmation of new college name and development of brand identity

In late February, the Ministry of Health confirmed College of Health and Care Professionals of British Columbia as the final name for the new multi-profession regulatory college that will amalgamate:

  • College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC
  • College of Dietitians of BC
  • College of Occupational Therapists of BC
  • College of Opticians of BC
  • College of Optometrists of BC
  • College of Physical Therapists of BC
  • College of Psychologists of BC

The brand identity and materials for the new college are being developed and will be shared this spring.

What’s changing, what’s staying the same

Extensive work has been done on defining what will change and what will stay the same on day one of the new amalgamated college. This has been mapped out in two infographics, which have information that is accurate as of March 20, 2024. These infographics are available on the new amalgamation website (more information about the website is below).

CEO appointed for new college

In anticipation of the amalgamation of the seven colleges on June 28, 2024, a CEO has been appointed. Dianne Millette, currently the Registrar of the College of Physical Therapists of BC (CPTBC), has been appointed the CEO of the College of Health and Care Professionals of BC. For more information about Dianne, please visit the CPTBC website

Cameron Cowper will continue to oversee CSHBC, until amalgamation, as will the registrars of the other six colleges, including Dianne.

Before amalgamation, the CEO role will be focused on establishing the new college’s staffing and culture to ensure continuity of regulatory operations following amalgamation, business, and budget planning, and building relationships with partners. Effective June 28, 2024, Dianne will assume the CEO role full-time.

Board and committee selections for the new college

The Board of the College of Health and Care Professionals of BC will have 12 members: six registrant members and six public members. As a result of moving from seven colleges to one, not every profession will have a seat on the Board. The mandate of Board members of health regulatory colleges is not to represent the interests of health professionals: that is the role of professional associations. However, maintaining a deep, profession-specific understanding and capacity within the overall governance of the new college remains vital. In addition to having six registrant Board members, the new college will ensure profession-specific capacity at the committee and staff levels.

Earlier this year, current Board and committee members were given the opportunity to submit applications to serve on the Board or a committee of the College of Health and Care Professionals of BC. These applications are currently being reviewed. It is expected that the Ministry of Health will appoint Board members in May and committee members in May or June.

New website about amalgamation

A new temporary website that provides information about the amalgamation of the seven colleges in the period leading up to amalgamation has been launched. The website features a news section, and a dedicated page for registrants that includes frequently asked questions specific to registrant concerns. Information will be added to this website as a better understanding of changes and impacts is developed closer to amalgamation.

Questions and answers about amalgamation

Q: Are registrant fees paying for the costs of amalgamation?

A: In recognition of the significant undertaking to amalgamate the colleges, the Ministry of Health has provided initial funding to begin amalgamation work and additional funding for resources required to implement these amalgamations.

Q: Will registrant fees increase after amalgamation?

A: The Board of each college has established registration fees. After amalgamation, the Board of the new amalgamated college will assess the budgeting needs to fund all operations of the college to determine future fees. It is not anticipated that fees will change shortly after June 28, 2024, as this analysis will require some time.

Q: Will amalgamation affect registrants’ scope of practice?

A: No, amalgamation will not impact the scope of practice for any professions regulated by the new college. The Ministry of Health establishes scope of practice. It is not the intent of amalgamation to alter scope of practice.

Q: Are renewal dates changing? And, if so, when?

A: Colleges are assessing the opportunity and challenges in aligning renewal dates, but decisions will be made after amalgamation. Registrants can expect to renew their license at the same time for now.

Q: What quality assurance requirements do registrants need to complete in 2024? When will this information be available?

A: Quality assurance (QA) requirements of your current college will be the same on June 28 and are expected to remain in place in 2024. Once the new college has conducted a fulsome review of all programs, it can make decisions about quality assurance requirements in the future. The introduction of the Health Professions and Occupations Act (HPOA), which will replace the Health Professions Act as the governing legislation for regulated health professionals and health profession regulatory colleges in BC, may also impact QA requirements once the HPOA is enacted at some point after amalgamation. Professional requirements such as QA are prescribed in bylaws and determined by the Board.

Answers to other questions are available in the following FAQ sections on the temporary amalgamation website:

More questions?

If you have a question not answered in the registrant FAQs or general FAQs on the amalgamation website, please submit your question through the Contact us form on the website. If you include your name and email address in your form submission, you will receive a response. If you don’t provide contact information, your question will inform additions to the FAQs.

College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia

Address:
900 – 200 Granville St
Vancouver, BC, V6C 1S4

Phone: 604.742.6380
Toll-free: 1.888.742.6380
Email: [email protected]