The Ministry of Health has directed the following seven regulatory health colleges to amalgamate to form a new, multi-profession college on June 28, 2024:

This amalgamation is part of the Ministry of Health’s multi-year initiative to modernize BC’s health profession regulatory framework.

The seven colleges will continue to regulate health professionals until they amalgamate on June 28, 2024. If, before this day, you have questions or concerns about the regulation of any of these health professions, please contact the appropriate college directly.

Not sure what amalgamation entails? Watch this short video for an overview.

Expected benefits of amalgamation

  • Provide members of the public with a central point of contact for questions and concerns about the health professionals the college regulates
  • Enhance public protection by creating greater consistency in how these health professions are regulated
  • Increase efficiency and effectiveness with greater access to resources and expertise

Amalgamation Project Leadership

Allan Seckel, K.C.

Allan Seckel, K.C.

Allan Seckel, K.C., was appointed by the Ministry of Health to lead this amalgamation under the Health Professions Act. In this position, Allan assumes the powers of the college Boards for work relating to the amalgamation.

Joanie Bouchard

Joanie Bouchard

Joanie Bouchard is the Registrar for the College of Dietitians of BC. Joanie is the Chief Transition Officer for the Amalgamation Project, providing overall leadership and guidance for the implementation of the project’s plan.

Dianne Millette

Dianne Millette

CEO of new college

Dianne Millette has been appointed the CEO of the new college. Dianne was educated as a physical therapist. She is currently the Registrar of the College of Physical Therapists of BC (CPTBC). Dianne is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators and International Network of Physiotherapy Regulators.

Dianne will assume her role on a full-time basis starting June 28, 2024. Until then, she is available to the amalgamation project on a part-time basis, as needed, while continuing to oversee CPTBC. 

Territorial Acknowledgement

Together, the seven amalgamating colleges regulate more than 13,000 health professionals, including: Dietitians, Optometrists, Opticians, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Physical Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Audiologists, and Hearing Instrument Practitioners, who practise in the province of what is referred to today as B.C. We acknowledge that these health regulatory colleges serve all people living in the traditional and unceded territories of more than 200 First Nations and Indigenous people from all parts of colonial British Columbia. Indigenous refers to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples in Canada.