Bill 36, the Health Professions and Occupations Act (HPOA), received Royal assent on November 24, 2022 and is now law in British Columbia.
The BC Government has not yet released an implementation schedule and in force date for the HPOA. When new legislation comes into force, it will replace the Health Professions Act (HPA) as the governing legislation for health regulatory colleges in BC.
There is as yet no detailed plan or timeline for the amalgamation of the health regulatory colleges. The existing colleges will continue to operate under the Health Professions Act until the new legislation comes into force.
OBC will continue to monitor this and will keep members informed.