CSHBC will legally amalgamate with six other existing health profession regulatory colleges and become one multi-profession college by June 28, 2024. The amalgamation will include the following existing colleges:
- College of Dietitians of BC
- College of Occupational Therapists of BC
- College of Optometrists of BC
- College of Opticians of BC
- College of Physical Therapists of BC
- College of Psychologists of BC
- College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC
The Ministry of Health has proposed the following name for the new amalgamated college: The College of Health and Care Professionals of BC.
Four other existing health profession regulatory colleges will also legally amalgamate in a separate college by June 28, 2024:
- College of Chiropractors of BC
- College of Massage Therapists of BC
- College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC
- College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC
The Ministry of Health has proposed the following name for this new college: The College of Complementary Health Professionals of BC.
The Ministry of Health, which will make the final decision on the new colleges’ names, is accepting feedback on the proposed names. Feedback may be sent directly to the Ministry until January 12, 2024 by emailing [email protected].
After the amalgamations, there will be six health profession regulatory colleges in BC, including the two newly amalgamated colleges described above and the following:
- BC College of Nurses and Midwives
- BC College of Oral Health Professionals
- College of Pharmacists of BC
- College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC
Amalgamation planning and background
The amalgamating colleges have been working closely with each other, the BC Ministry of Health, and consultants on planning and preparation for amalgamation.
In July 2023, the Ministry of Health appointed Allan Seckel, K.C., to lead the amalgamations. Mr. Seckel has a diverse background spanning public service, private legal practice, and work in the not-for-profit sector.
The CSHBC Board continues to make all executive decisions regarding the College’s mandate. Mr. Seckel has executive decision-making authority for all matters related to amalgamation.
Amalgamation of health profession regulatory colleges has been anticipated since a report by Harry Cayton, CBE, released by the Ministry of Health in 2019, and the 2020 report of the Steering Committee on Modernization of Health Professional Regulation. The reports recommended the amalgamations and other measures to modernize and improve efficiency and effectiveness of health regulation in BC.
Health Professions and Occupations Act
As part of the modernization of health profession regulation in BC, the Health Professions and Occupations Act (HPOA) will replace the Health Professions Act (HPA) as the governing legislation for regulated health professionals and health profession regulatory colleges in BC. The HPOA received Royal Assent on November 24, 2022. The BC Government has not yet released a date for when the HPOA will come into force. The HPA will continue to be the governing legislation for regulated health professionals and health profession regulatory colleges until the HPOA is in force. For more information, see the Health Professions and Occupations Act page.
BC health profession regulators, including CSHBC, are working collaboratively toward ensuring that the bylaws for the six colleges that will remain post-amalgamation and post-HPOA implementation are compliant with the new legislation.
CSHBC will communicate with registrants, applicants, and other stakeholders as more information is confirmed about amalgamation of health profession regulatory colleges.
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