Lodging a Complaint

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Who Can Lodge a Complaint
When to Lodge a Complaint Against an ABCFP Member
Acceptable and Unacceptable Complaints
How to Make a Formal Complaint

Who Can Lodge a Complaint?

Anyone can lodge a complaint against an ABCFP member.

Complaints generally are made by other ABCFP members or the public concerned about the competence or conduct of a member. Council also has the ability to lodge a complaint and has done so when made aware of a situation that it believed warranted referral to the complaint resolution process.

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When to Lodge a Complaint Against an ABCFP Member

If You are a Member of the Public

You are encouraged to lodge a complaint any time you have serious concerns about the conduct of a forest professional that you feel demands the attention of the profession. Read the question and answer document for the public for more information.

If You are an ABCFP Member
ABCFP members are expected to make efforts to resolve professional disagreements prior to lodging a formal complaint. There are a number of ways to address professional concerns and the Complaints Resolution Process is just one of them. Other methods are described in the Non-Discipline Professional Accountability Process. If these efforts are not successful, a complaint may be appropriate. Read the question and answer document for members for more information.

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Acceptable Complaints

Complaints must meet the following four conditions:
1. The complaint concerns an ABCFP member or former member.
2. Sufficient information has been provided to allow an investigation to proceed.
3. The allegations involve a breach of the Foresters Act, the ABCFP Bylaws or the resolutions of the association (including policies and guidelines).
4. The parties cannot resolve the matter on a reasonable and appropriate basis.

Unacceptable Complaints

  • We generally do not get involved in commercial disputes between members or between a member and client unless the nature of the dispute warrants scrutiny from the profession.
  • We cannot accept complaints against corporations.
  • We also do not accept complaints against individuals who are not ABCFP members -- unless they are engaged in unauthorized practise in violation of the Foresters Act
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    How to Make a Formal Complaint

    Complaints must be made in writing using the Notice of Complaint Form. We encourage you to discuss your concern with the registrar and director of act compliance, Casey Macaulay, RPF cmacaulay@abcfp.ca, before lodging a complaint to ensure that you meet all of the requirements and conditions.

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    Notice of Complaint Form

    Fill out the Notice of Complaint Form* and send it to registrar and director of act compliance to make a complaint. You should include as much detail as possible about the matter and include supporting documentation.

    *To open: right click on link, choose 'save target as' or 'save link', save to your computer and then open from there.

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    Our Policy on Commenting Publicly

    Normally we do not comment on any matter that is or may be before the complaint resolution process. This protects the integrity of the process as well as the legal interests of the parties involved. There are, however, rare occasions where the integrity of the profession and legal interests require the association to comment. Decisions to comment are governed by policy.

    More Information

    Contact the registrar and director of act compliance.

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