Each Canadian province has its own professional association for technologists and technicians. Each is typically, although not exclusively, governed by a provincial Act. This legal statue establishes the basis for defining and recognizing the practice of technologists and technicians registered by the association as technology professionals.
Where in effect, an Act defines the objectives and structure of the association, its processes related to registration and review, and the power to make, change and enforce its regulations.
The regulations define the rules for operational areas such as membership, registration, scope of practice, responsibilities and privileges of members.
As part of its responsibilities, each provincial association is also responsible for issuing credentials, each with a professional designation that a member can display after their name. (See the association pages for more information on categories of membership and professional designations).