Geoscience is a small profession with a global reach. Many geoscientists have specialist skills they apply beyond the boundaries of the jurisdiction in which they are based. An important dimension to regulating the profession is ensuring geoscientists have professional mobility to practice in multiple jurisdictions, here in Canada and abroad.
Under Canada’s Agreement on Internal Trade, transferring a P.Geo. license between a province or territory in Canada, or taking out additional P.Geo. licences in other provinces or territories, is a straightforward process that takes only a few days.
In some instances, when there’s a high level of traffic between jurisdictions, regulatory bodies sign mobility agreements containing special provisions for incidental practice and temporary licensure between two jurisdictions. Examples of this are the Bilateral Mobility Agreement between Quebec and Ontario and Professional Geoscience Mobility Agreement between British Columbia and Ontario.
It’s also important to facilitate international mobility for registration purposes. The Institution of Geologists of Ireland and Geoscientists Canada recently signed a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) to help streamline the registration of Irish professional geoscientists wishing to become licensed in reciprocating Canadian jurisdictions, and Canadian professional geoscientists wishing to become registered with the Institution of Geologists of Ireland. This is the first MRA agreement facilitated by Geoscientists Canada; it is hoped other will follow. Read more here.