Voluntary Disclosure Program
Find out more about our Voluntary Disclosure Program and how you can apply.
What is it?
Our Voluntary Disclosure Program (VDP) offers contractors an opportunity to disclose work that is non-compliant with safety standards.
It is specifically designed to offer a pathway back into the safety system, and to enable duty holders to voluntarily make work compliant without facing penalties and to avoid costly fines.
What does it cover?
The VDP covers any regulated work that might have been performed that is not compliant with the Safety Standards Act and its associated regulations.
- Regulated work performed without a legally-required permit
- Work performed under a permit that was undervalued
- Regulated work performed by workers without the required certification.
Read our comprehensive information bulletin on the Voluntary Disclosure Program.
Why should I apply?
Technical Safety BC has the technology, the expertise and the ongoing relationships with local municipalities to identify duty holders who are failing to fulfill their legal responsibilities. For these contractors it is not a question of if they will be caught, but when. That’s why the VDP provides an opportunity to set things right before facing enforcement.
This program was constructed to help conscientious contractors make right on these oversights. As a result, while the contractor is a participant in the VDP, they will be exempt from enforcement and will be able to review, declare, and make compliant all identified non-compliant work.
Use our online calculator to find out how much non-compliance could cost you.
How do I apply?
Application is easy. All you need to do is complete the online application form and submit it to Technical Safety BC for review.
All applications will be evaluated by Technical Safety BC’s Compliance and Enforcement team and you will be advised by letter if you have been accepted into the program or not.
Complete the online application form.
What happens if I am accepted?
If you are accepted, you will have 60 days to:
Review - Contractors accepted onto the program must perform a review of all regulated work for the two year period prior to the date of registration.
Identify - After completing a review, contractors must identify any regulated work where work was performed but a permit was not obtained, or where permits were undervalued.
Correct - Once work has been reviewed, contractors must obtain or correct any permits that were identified as missing or undervalued. Contractors will also be required to submit a full list of affected work to Technical Safety BC for review and assessment..
What happens if I am rejected?
You may be not be accepted into the Voluntary Disclosure Program if you have provided inaccurate information or if you are already under investigation as a result of non-compliance.
In the event that your VDP application is rejected you will be provided with a written explanation of the reason(s) for the decision.