COMPLAINTS, COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS
The Board welcomes complaints, comments and suggestions as a way for the public to voice any concerns and an opportunity to improve our rules, processes and organization. If you have any concerns about a particular situation, staff or Board member, or suggestions on how the Board does its job, we encourage you to communicate with us.
This Information Sheet details how you can voice concerns and offer suggestions and what steps the Board will take to respond. We want to ensure you are heard and appropriate actions are taken to follow up and address any issues.
The procedures, outlined below, are not intended or suitable for handling complaints about the outcomes of the Board’s decisions. If you are not satisfied with a written decision of the Board, your only avenue is to appeal to the Supreme Court of BC as detailed in Information Sheet 13 – Stated Cases.
How do I file a complaint or make a comment or suggestion to the Board?
Simply send a letter to the Board and provide details on your complaint, comment or suggestion. If you are concerned about a specific incident or conduct of a staff or Board member, please include the date, time, names of the persons involved and a summary of the incident and your concerns. Please include your contact information, including a daytime phone number, in case we have any follow up questions.
What happens next?
|Type of Issue:||Referred to:|
|Complaints about a procedure or step in an active appeal||Appeal Manager, responsible for the appeal.|
|Conduct of an Appeal Manager||Chair|
|Conduct of a Board member at a hearing||Chair|
|Conduct of a staff member||Registrar for administration staff and Chair for senior staff|
|General complaints, comments and suggestions||Chair or Registrar depending on the nature of the issue|
What if I am not satisfied with the outcome of a complaint?
If the Registrar handled your complaint, you may wish to write directly to the Chair and request reconsideration on how it was handled. Please recommend any alternative actions you would like the Board to take. The Chair will review the issue and write back to you on her findings, including any new actions to address your concerns.
If the Chair handled your initial complaint or the Chair has already reviewed how your complaint was handled and you are still not satisfied, you may wish to contact:
|Office of the Ombudsperson||Telephone: 1-800-567-3247 (toll-free)|
|PO Box 9039 Stn Prov Govt||Fax: (250)387-0198 (Victoria)|
|Victoria, B.C., V8W 9A5||Website: http://www.bcombudsperson.ca/|