Why are we amalgamating?
Reducing the current number of health regulators was one of the recommendations included in the plan to modernize the health regulatory system released by the BC Government’s Steering Committee on Modernization of Health Professional Regulation on August 27, 2020.
The recommendation was based on Harry Cayton’s Report – An Inquiry into the Performance of the College of Dental Surgeons of BC and Health Professionals Act (2018).
Post amalgamation, will the College undergo a name change?
Yes, the amalgamated college will have a new name. The Ministry appointed Amalgamation team, along with a communications team, is in the process of finalizing one. We will keep you updated once the new name is finalized.
How will this amalgamation affect me as a registered OT in the province?
The College will undergo a legal amalgamation as of June 28, 2024. This means COTBC will become a new entity with a new name, with changes to the internal organizational structure. COTBC staff will continue to be available to provide support and guidance to registrants before and after the legal amalgamation is complete. We will keep you updated along this process.
As a registered OT, what do I need to know regarding amalgamation before June 2024?
Given the upcoming change and the timing of our Annual Continuing Competence Review (ACCR) and Registration Renewal (2024-2025), COTBC has decided to launch the ACCR and Registration Renewal separately for 2024. We will be sharing the details soon.
What does Amalgamation 2024 mean for the public and residents of BC?
Amalgamation 2024 will help create a new regulator for the amalgamating professions that will serve as one point of contact for the patients, the public and registrants. It will ultimately improve patient safety, promote better patient outcomes, and increase public confidence through transparency and accountability. This initiative is informed by the Government of British Columbia’s plan to modernize the health regulatory system to better serve the patients and the public.