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Update on Health Professions and Occupations Act

February 6, 2023

In November we advised that the new Health Professions and Occupations Act (HPOA) had received Royal Assent in the BC Legislative Assembly. While the legislation has passed, the new Act is not yet in force. The ‘in force’ date has yet to be determined by Cabinet. At this time, the Health Professions Act continues to be the legislation which governs health professionals and regulatory colleges in BC.

The College awaits directions and further information on the HPOA and amalgamation, and will communicate with registrants, applicants, and other stakeholders as it becomes available.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Health has prepared answers to several frequently asked questions concerning the new legislation, the background and public consultation that preceded it, and queries specifically concerning amalgamation.