Important information: Changes to the PEO Act

The Professional Engineers of Ontario have recently announced the repeal of section 12(3)(a) of the Professional Engineers Act has been signed by the Lieutenant Governor today, along with the approval of the new regulation, section 88.

The regulation comes into force immediately and the proclamation takes effect March 1, 2013.

The Press Release attached has been issued this morning.  You can also view the Press Release by following this link:

The repeal achieves the goal of improving public safety as well as business efficiency in Ontario.

“Repealing the industrial exception in the Professional Engineers Act will improve oversight to help workers and the public stay safe and promote more efficient and productive workplaces,” said Attorney General John Gerretsen. “I would like to thank Professional Engineers Ontario and its dedicated task force for working with industry, manufacturers and the public to ensure a seamless transition.”

CRPEG will be holding information sessions for members over the next couple of weeks.

Holding an engineering licence provides you great career flexibility and opportunities to accept professional engineering jobs in the future.

If you apply to PEO on or before March 1, 2013 for your engineering licence, PEO will waive your initial application fee of $300. EIT’s Included! You are still required to pay for the cost to write the Professional Practice Exam (PPE) ($165 plus HST) yet we do hope to have that single fee waived as well.

Our collective agreement has a provision for paying your annual professional fees, so the only out-of-pocket expense you should incur is the fee for the PPE.

Your PIPSC Engineering Working Group is providing you a great opportunity to become a licensed engineer. Working with Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), we have put together a program to help you achieve this professional status.  Under this program, the PIPSC Engineering Working Group will be preparing a compliance plan for any non-licensed engineer interested in participating.

Here are your steps to success:

1. Contact your PIPSC Engineering Working Group representative (Jonathan Fitzpatrick) with your intention to apply to PEO by March 1, 2013 and work towards your professional engineer licence.  Your name will be included in the PIPSC compliance plan.

2. Send in your completed PEO licence application on or before March 1, 2013.

3. Follow the licensing steps PEO provides to you and complete the licensing process within 12 months of starting.

Who is eligible? If you are applying to PEO for the first time for a licence, including EIT`s, and your application is received by PEO before March 1, 2013 then you qualify for the fee waiver program.

We are here to answer your questions.

Tim F. Kirkby P. Eng NR National Group President and PIPSC Engineering Working Group Member

Jonathan Fitzpatrick P. Eng, PIPSC Engineering Working Group Member

Keep up to date at the PIPSC webpage:

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Note:  Link to list of Executive embedded in CRPEG Executive.