The Public Interest

The Teachers Act is based on two foundational principles: the paramount nature of the public interest and transparency. The Act sets out the discipline process for educators and creates a system where reports and complaints can be received by the Commissioner for Teacher Regulation concerning the conduct or competence of those holding certificates or letters of permission.

The Office of the Commissioner for Teacher Regulation must respond effectively to allegations and concerns of misconduct and incompetence to maintain the public's trust in educators and the education system. The Commissioner is committed to a fair, expeditious and transparent process for the resolution of complaints against educators.

It is important to note that the Commissioner does not decide the merits of a case nor does he make any determination of guilt or innocence. He is responsible for reviewing the information gathered and deciding which process set out in the Teachers Act is appropriate to address a complaint or report. The Commissioner may:

  • take no further action and provide reasons for this decision
  • initiate an investigation
  • make or accept a proposal for a consent resolution agreement
  • issue a citation, which would lead to a hearing

To learn more about the Commissioner, click here.

As the operational arm of the regulatory structure, the Teacher Regulation Branch provides support to the Commissioner’s office to fulfill its mandate to ensure that educators who work with students in BC classrooms are competent and suitable for the important role they play.