APEGA Council Approves Dues Increases | APEGA

APEGA Council Approves Dues Increases

To cover increased operating costs required to support efforts associated with APEGA's statutory obligations, APEGA will charge $36 more in dues for each Professional Member in 2017, Council decided November 30. Dues will increase to $360, plus GST, from $324, plus GST.

To keep increases as low as possible, APEGA is restructuring operations, freezing staff salaries for the second consecutive year, and putting in place other cost-cutting measures.

"Council knows and acknowledges that Members, and the companies that many of them work for, are suffering severe economic hardship in many cases. For that reason Council asked Management to undertake an exhaustive review of expenditures before considering the minimum level of dues increase that could ensure the viability of APEGA during extremely uncertain times," said APEGA President Dr. Steve E. Hrudey, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.), FCAE, FSRA. 

"Like you, Council does not know when the economy will recover or to what extent. The inevitable uncertainty we are all facing makes the balanced approach we have taken a necessity."

About $9 of the increase will fund APEGA's second year of dues reduction to unemployed Members. Also for unemployed Members, APEGA will continue discounting the fees it charges for professional development. All Members have free access to an exclusive job board that features engineering and geoscience opportunities. And APEGA also provides connections to other organizations that assist Members.

Permit Holder Dues

Dues increases for Permit Holders also lie ahead. Under a new system, their dues will be based on the number of members they employ, replacing a one-rate-for-all system. The new rates are considered a more equitable reflection of the costs required to regulate Permit Holders.

Effective July 1, 2017, the new schedule begins for Permit Holders employing six or more members. For those employing five or fewer members, the effective date is a year later, July 1, 2018.

Types of members used in the calculation are Professional Members, restricted practitioners, Provisional Licensees, Members-in-Training, and exam candidates.


Organizational Sustainability

Ensuring the viability and effectiveness of APEGA remains an important part of our social licence to continue self-regulation. "We firmly believe that the self-regulatory model best serves the people of Alberta and does so at no cost to taxpayers. However, we cannot take for granted the privilege of self-regulation," Dr. Hrudey said.