Council Assigns Increase in Dues to Risk Management | APEGA

Council Assigns Increase in Dues to Risk Management

On November 30, Council approved a 2018 dues increase to enable APEGA to improve the way it mitigates risk, as the organization progresses in its efforts to become a stronger regulator and a more resilient organization. Dues for Professional Engineers, Professional Geoscientists, and Professional Licensees will increase by $32 to $392, plus GST, from $360, plus GST. Dues in other membership categories are also increasing.

Council directed staff to place revenues from the increase in a new regulatory risk-management reserve. No portion of the increase is being used to fund operations.

 "We must be sure we are capable of handling severe risks, such as lawsuits, protecting title, ensuring compliance, and enhancing public protection," said APEGA President Jane Tink, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.) "The reasoning behind this increase is sound, particularly in light of the extra emphasis we’ve been putting on strengthening our foundation and becoming a better regulator."

She continued: "This is the second dues increase in a row, and I know it is going to be difficult for some of our Members to accept. There was an enormous amount of work by staff, the Audit Committee and Council put into this decision.  I want our Members and Permit Holders to know that Council never takes dues increases lightly. We all know that it is still tough out there, and if it weren’t necessary, we, Council, would not approve an increase."

Council also passed a motion for an additional one-year extension to APEGA's dues reduction for unemployed Members. The maximum timeframe for a Member to make use of the reduction is three consecutive years. If they remain unemployed, Members who are currently paying reduced dues can apply for an extension in 2018.

Dues for Professional Engineers and Professional Geoscientists in Canada range from $220 to $450 a year, based on recent data. With the increase, APEGA dues will rank fourth among 13 engineering and geoscience regulators. In addition, APEGA's dues are on the lower end of the spectrum compared to many other self-regulating professional organizations in Alberta.

"Ultimately, APEGA and our Members are all serving the public interest. We believe that self-regulation is the right model for doing this effectively, so managing risk is paramount," said Ms. Tink.

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