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Professional Engineers Ontario

The Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) is the governing body for engineers in Ontario. The Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) oversees the registration practices of the PEO to ensure that they are transparent, objective, impartial and fair for anyone who wants to practise as an engineer in this province.

Registration Practices Assessment Report, 2014

This summary of the assessment includes recommendations for improvement.

Reports / Applications

2015

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2015

Applications to Practise Processed by the PEO in 2015
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received2,8394841361,695885,242
Applicants who became members1,64047810796703,192

2014

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2014

Applications to Practise Processed by the PEO in 2014
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received2,719161701,5151584,623
Applicants who became members1,5413579491172,910

2013

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2013

Applications to Practise Processed by the PEO in 2013
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received3,558284771,8344856,238
Applicants who became members1,234923266302,021

2012

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2012

Registration Practices Assessment Report — Summary (Engineers)

Applications to Practise Processed by the PEO in 2012
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received2,660206831,4192144,582
Applicants who became members1,3801144076102,295

2011

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2011

Report on Entry-to-Practice Review, 2011

Applications to Practise Processed by the PEO in 2011
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received2,4674531451,5302594,854
Applicants who became members1,15639574773112,409

2010

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2010

Applications to Practise Processed by the PEO in 2010
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received2,215183591,2932013,951
Applicants who became members1,3581483796502,508

2009

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2009
Audit Report

Proposed Amendment: On July 31, 2009, PEO sent proposed changes to O.Reg. 941/90 to the Ministry of the Attorney General. In October, the OFC received a copy of the draft version of the regulation that PEO forwarded to the Legislative Counsel for review. OFC staff noted that PEO did not take into account the OFC's recommendation regarding the Canadian experience requirement. (The OFC had previously encouraged PEO to consider alternative options to the 12-month Canadian experience requirement, such as relevant courses that would adequately familiarize the applicant with applicable Canadian codes, regulations and standards for the practice of professional engineering.) As of March 31, 2010, a decision is pending on the draft regulation.

For a description of all OFC-monitored developments for this profession for 2009, see the 2009-2010 Annual Report.

Applications to Practise Processed by the PEO in 2009
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received2,038227601,4352263,986
Applicants who became members1,119137371,05302,346

2008

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2008

In September 2008, PEO made a presentation to OFC staff on its development of a national model for a comprehensive licensure process that would regulate all engineering activities in Canada, facilitate full national mobility and build a platform for international mobility. The model would include a national database of licence holders, an international institute degree database and a national accreditation system.

Also in fall 2008, PEO proposed changes to its registration regulation related to the admissions criteria for obtaining a professional engineer's licence, and invited the OFC to comment. The OFC noted that the changes proposed to the general experience requirements will provide applicants with more information, so that they can better understand the basis on which they will be evaluated. The OFC sees these changes as steps towards transparency in PEO's registration process.

The OFC also suggested that PEO consider alternatives to its Canadian experience requirement, such as the successful completion of courses related to Canadian codes, regulations and standards governing the practice of engineering.

As of March 31, 2009, PEO's proposed changes were under review by the Ministry of the Attorney General.

Applications to Practise Processed by the PEO in 2008
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received2,124241641,6753454,449
Applicants who became members1,077147341,11602,374

2007


During the fall and winter of 2007-2008, the OFC undertook a study of the PEO to understand its 2007 registration practices and establish baseline data and information. PDF

Exemplary Practices

The OFC gathers regulatory bodies' exemplary licensing practices so that they may learn from one another. Practices for the Professional Engineers Ontario are listed below.

  1. Developing equity and diversity policy

    This practice helps ensure an intentional approach...

  2. Introducing programs to address financial barriers

    This practice helps to alleviate financial barriers...

  3. Offering internship and mentoring supports while applicants complete requirements

    This practice allows applicants to participate in a...

  4. Returning original academic documents to applicants

    This practice helps applicants understand when original...


Quick Facts

Number of Engineers79,032
Number of Internationally Trained Engineers21,034

You may find information about exam requirements and Canadian work experience requirements elsewhere on this site.


Location of Training, 2015

Ontario46,611
Other Canadian Provinces10,335
USA1,991
Other International19,043
Unknown1,052
Total79,032
Proportion of Internationally Trained Members (includes USA)27%

The Top Five Source Countries For Internationally Trained Engineers, 2015

Largest NumberIran
Second Largest NumberIndia
Third Largest NumberChina
Fourth Largest NumberEgypt
Fifth Largest NumberPakistan
Number of Applicants1,030

The Professional Engineers Ontario falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Attorney General. The OFC does not assess credentials, handle complaints or intervene in particular cases. Our mandate is one of systemic change. Please contact the PEO for further information about your ability to practise as an engineer in Ontario.

Action

In March 2013, the Equity and Diversity Committee of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) conducted a survey to identify the regulator’s equity and diversity practices and to establish a baseline for the committee’s impact.

As a result of survey feedback, PEO developed an online learning module that aligns with PEO’s policy and guidelines, and provides engineers with practical ways to foster equity and diversity.

July 2013