Engineering a better way (Guest commentary)

Ontario now licenses more foreign than Canadian-trained engineers
By Kim Allen
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/11/2007

If you were to take the entire population of Baie Comeau, Que., you would have the number of practitioners licensed by Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) — 23,000 — who received their education outside of Canada.

For 85 years, the Professional Engineers Act has set the bar for practice in a profession in which public safety — in its broadest sense — is paramount. Public safety and the public good are the key focus of years of education, training and supervised experience that go into making the 70,000 professionals who practise within 41 engineering disciplines in Ontario.

As the body charged under the act with licensing practitioners and regulating practice in Ontario, PEO’s role is to assure the public that licensed practitioners are competent to practise their profession.