New Liability Legislation introduced by Government

Monday, April 16, 2012

“New Liability Legislation a Win-Win for Professionals and the Public”


April 16, 2012 (Vancouver): The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of BC (ACEC-BC) applauds the new Limitation Act introduced today by the Government of BC. Bill 34 improves and streamlines legislation governing the liability period for engineers and other professionals.  The engineering profession will also become better able to compete with other jurisdictions in attracting and retaining the skilled professionals needed in British Columbia.

The legislation sets a 15 year maximum time limit for filing any claims related to liability beginning on the date of the act in question.

 “We are pleased the Government of B.C. has taken this important step today to reduce the ultimate limitation period for engineers and other professionals, including architects, dentists and accountants,” said Doug Hinton, President of ACEC-BC, “This initiative will provide certainty to our profession by making B.C.’s legislation consistent with that of other provinces. As a very mobile profession that exports our expertise to other jurisdictions outside of B.C., that will make us more competitive and help protect and attract highly skilled professionals.”

The changes introduced in Bill 34 follow several years of consultation with industry and other stakeholders, including ACEC-BC. The engineering industry has been advocating for a shorter liability period for many years, along with other legislative changes. Today’s changes address many of the concerns that were expressed to the Province and contained in a 2010 White Paper produced at the conclusion on consultations.

ACEC-BC, formerly known as the Consulting Engineers of BC (CEBC), is British Columbia's provincial association of engineering consulting firms.  ACEC-BC represents 90 of BC's consulting engineering companies that provide engineering and other technology-based intellectual services to the public and private sectors. ACEC-BC firms employ 8,000 people in British Columbia comprised of a workforce of engineers, geoscientists, technicians, technologists and other support staff.  The consulting engineering business contributes some $2.9 billion in annual revenue to the BC economy.

For the Ministry of Justice's official press release click here

For further information on Bill 34 click here

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