Founded in 1950, the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists (MIA) is a self-governing regulator of all practicing agrologists in Manitoba. The MIA derives its authority from the Agrologists Act of Manitoba, enacted in 1983 by the Legislature of the Province of Manitoba. MIA is financed and maintained mainly through fees charged to Manitoba Agrologists. Regulation of agrologists is at no cost to the public.
MIA's mandate under The Act is to protect the public’s interest by governing the professional conduct of its members, overseeing the admission and registration of agrologists and taking action regarding unauthorized practice. Similar legislation is in effect in all other Canadian provinces.
It is also the Institute's responsibility to protect the public interest by setting standards of education and other competencies. By doing this the public can identify fully qualified, registered agrologists, as those who are competent to provide knowledge and advice in agrology.
The Provincial Council, the equivalent of a Board of Directors is responsible for governing the Institute and establishing the standards for the profession
The objectives of MIA are to protect and serve the public, specifically MIA:
- Sets requirements and standards for registration of and practice by members;
- Provide governance and oversight to members;
- Establish and maintain standards of ethics with which all members must comply;
- Hold members accountable to the public and to the profession through a transparent process of review, complaints investigation and discipline; and
- Provide continuing education about the practice of agrology to the public, employers, clients and members.