Voluntary Disclosure Program
Find out more about our Voluntary Disclosure Program and how you can apply.
What is it?
Our Voluntary Disclosure Program (VDP) enables contractors to assess their own compliance and comply with the regulations without incurring penalties that would have resulted had they not stepped forward. As well, participation in the program keeps the contractors enforcement history off of the public registry, which helps preserve their reputation.
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.
- Performing work without a required permit;
- Performing work without the correct scope of work and/or declared value; and
- Using unqualified workers.
Why should I apply?
Technical Safety BC has the technology, methodology, and the expertise to identify contractors who are failing to fulfill their legal responsibilities. With the data and resources we have, for these non-compliant contractors it is not a question of if they will be caught, but when.
This VDP provides contractors the opportunity to change their behaviour so they do not end up receiving enforcement action. As a result, while the contractor is an active participant in the VDP, they will be exempt from enforcement and will be able to review, declare, and make compliant all regulated non-compliant work.
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.
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.
Report - After completing a review, contractors must identify any non-compliant regulated work under the Safety Standards Act and associated regulations and report it to Technical Safety BC.
Correct - Once the work has been reviewed and reported, the contractor must take all the necessary steps to ensure the work is made compliant.
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.
If you would like more information or you have any questions about the Voluntary Disclosure Program, please get in touch with our team at 1 866 566 7233 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.