BYLAW 1 ‎–‎ INTERPRETATION

Published: February 2021

1-1 (1) In these bylaws:

“ABCFP” means the Association of British Columbia Forest Professionals continued as a regulatory body under section 84(5) of the Act;

“Act” means the Professional Governance Act;

“ASFIT program” means the Allied Science Forester in Training program established under section 7-2(b) of Bylaw 7  (Trainees);

“ASTFT program” means the Allied Science Trainee Forest Technologist program established under section 7-2(d) of Bylaw 7 (Trainees);

“at-large councillor” means a registrant councillor under section 23(2)(a) of the Act other than the president or vice president;

“certified practice” means a certified practice established by council policy under section 6-6(1) of Bylaw 6 (Technical Occupations, Certification Schemes and Limited Licences);‎

“Code of Ethical and Professional Conduct” means the Code of Ethical and Professional Conduct set out in Schedule A to Bylaw 9;

“council” means the council for ABCFP under section 23 or 84(5) of the Act;

“FIT program” means the Forester in Training program established under section 7-2(a) of Bylaw 7  (Trainees);

“Fee Schedule” means the Fee Schedule for ABCFP established by bylaw under section 50 of Act;

 “Forest Professionals Regulation” means the Forest Professionals Regulation, B.C. Reg. 15/2021;

“forestry reserved practice” means, collectively,  the services prescribed under section 4 of the Forest Professionals Regulation that may only be provided by or under the supervision of a registrant of ABCFP, including, without limitation, the services included in the “practice of professional forestry” as defined in the former Act as it read immediately before the transition date;

“forest stewardship” means the responsible use of forest resources based on 
(a) the application of an ecological understanding at the stand, forest and landscape levels which maintains and protects ecosystem function, integrity and resilience, and
(b) an ethical responsibility to the land and people for current and future generations;

“former Act” means the former Foresters Act, S.B.C. 2003, c. 19;

“General Regulation” means the Professional Governance General Regulation, B.C. Reg. 107/2019;

“in good standing” means, in respect of a registrant, that

(a) the registrant’s registration in any category or subcategory of registrants is not suspended under the Act or bylaws,
(b) no conditions or limitations are imposed on the registrant’s practice of professional forestry under section 67, 72, 73, 74, 75 or 76 of the Act, Bylaw 12  (Complaints, Investigations and Discipline), or Bylaw 14  (Indictable Offences), and
(c) no notice of non-compliance is outstanding against the registrant under section 10-2 of Bylaw 10  (Continuing Professional Development) or section 11-5 or 11-6 of Bylaw 11 (Audit and Practice Review);

“limited licence” means a limited licence under section 6-7 of Bylaw 6  (Technical Occupations, Certification Schemes and Limited Licences);‎

“practice of professional forestry” has the same meaning as in section 1 of the Forest Professionals Regulation, and, for greater certainty, includes 

(a) the provision of the services of managing, advising on, performing or directing works, services or undertakings respecting trees, forests, forest lands, forest resources, forest ecosystems or forest transportation systems in a natural or managed, rural or urban environment, and any related, incidental or ancillary services or activities, and
(b) the promotion and implementation of principles of forest stewardship;

“president” means the registrant councillor under section 23(2)(a) of the Act serving in the position of president in accordance with Bylaw 3  (Elections);

“professional document” means any report, estimate, statement, plan or other record containing or describing professional work;

“professional work” means any written or oral communication that is directly or indirectly related ‎to the provision of services included in the practice of professional ‎forestry, including advice, opinions, estimates, specific actions, reports, letters, ‎memoranda, documents, plans or other material containing any ‎professional opinion or work product in any format used for transmitting ‎information;

“registrant” means a registrant of ABCFP, as defined in section 6 of Schedule 1 of the Act;

“registrant councillor” means a voting registrant councillor under section 23(2)(a) of the Act;

“regulations” means the regulations under the Act, including the General Regulation and the Forest Professionals Regulation;

“RFT” means registered forest technologist;

“RPF” means registered professional forester;

“technical occupation” means a technical occupation established under section 6-2 of Bylaw 6 (Technical Occupations, Certification Schemes and Limited Licences);

“TNRP program” means the Trainee Natural Resource Professional program established under section 7-2(e) of Bylaw 7  (Trainees);

“TFT program” means the Trainee Forest Technologist program established under section 7-2(c) of Bylaw 7  (Trainees);

“transition date” means February 5, 2021;

“vice president” means the registrant councillor under section 23(2)(a) of the Act serving in the position of vice president in accordance with Bylaw 3  (Elections);

“voting councillor” means a registrant councillor under section 23(2)(a) of the Act or a lay councillor under section 23(2)(b) of the Act.

(2) Subject to sections 25 and 25.2 of the Interpretation Act, unless otherwise specified or a contrary intention appears in the bylaws, “days” means calendar days.
(3) Unless otherwise specified or a contrary intention appears in the bylaws, a word or expression used in the bylaws has the same meaning as in the Act.

Delivery of notice or documents
1-2 (1) Unless otherwise specified in the Act or bylaws, a notice or any document under the bylaws may be delivered in any manner that is permitted under section 115 of the Act.

(2) Without limiting subsection (1), ABCFP may deliver a notice or any document to any registrant by electronic transmission to the most recent e-mail address provided by the registrant to ABCFP for the purpose of receiving communications from ABCFP, or by another equivalent form of electronic transmission.


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