Skilled trades updates

A new skilled trades certification has been announced by the Province. Learn more about how it affects our gas and electrical clients.  

Skilled trades updates

A new skilled trades certification has been announced by the Province. Learn more about how it affects our gas and electrical clients.  

Voluntary Disclosure Program

Compliance and Enforcement

Overview

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 contractor’s enforcement history off of the public registry, which helps preserve their reputation.

VPD scope

The VDP covers any regulated work that might have been performed that is not compliant with the  Safety Standards Act  and its associated regulations.

For example:

  • Performing work without a required permit;
  • Performing work outside the scope of a licence or qualification; and
  • Performing work without licence or qualification.

The VPD application progress

We have the technology, methodology, and 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.

Apply for the Voluntary Disclosure Program

Apply for VDP

Application is easy. All you need to do is complete the online application form and submit it to us for review.

All applications will be evaluated by our Compliance and Enforcement team and you will be advised by letter if you have been accepted into the program or not.

After applying

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 us.
  • Correct - Once the work has been reviewed and reported, the contractor must take all the necessary steps to ensure the work is made compliant.

You may be not be accepted into VPD 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 VPD, please get in touch with our team at enforcement@technicalsafetybc.ca.

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