Bill 98 - An Act to amend various legislation mainly with respect to admission to professions and the governance of the professional system
At the invitation of the National Assembly’s Committee on Institutions, the Québec Ombudsman presented its brief on Bill 98, Act to amend various legislation mainly with respect to admission to professions and the governance of the professional system.
Generally, it subscribes to the amendments to the Professional Code proposed in the Bill because they are aimed at greater public protection and at optimizing the operation of professional orders.
In the Québec Ombudsman’s opinion, the professional system faces two challenges:
- act so that each of its components dovetails with and completes each other;
- foster greater public trust in the system governing discipline and justice in the professions.
Two provisions of Bill 98—suspension or provisional restriction of a professional order member’s right to engage in professional activities, and granting of disciplinary immunity to whistleblowers—were of particular interest.
The Québec Ombudsman also made two recommendations that would strengthen achievement of the goals of the Bill—making professional order syndics subject to distinct standards of ethics and professional conduct, and standardization of the prescriptive deadline for instituting penal proceedings.