Working in Ontario
Only those who are granted the “professional engineer” licence have the right to practise professional engineering in Ontario. In Ontario, you can only get your licence from the occupational regulatory body for engineers, The Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO).
Not all engineering graduates in Ontario are professional engineers. A professional engineer must satisfy the requirements set by PEO to earn a licence. However, you can work in engineering without a licence, if a professional engineer supervises and takes responsibility for your work.
The career opportunities for professional engineers in Ontario vary according to your area of practice and the industries in which you wish to work. Ontario is a very competitive job market and jobs are not easy to find, especially in the Greater Toronto Area.
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Global Experience Ontario helps internationally trained and educated individuals in regulated non-health professions find out how to qualify for professional practice in Ontario.
It is important to prepare for your job search early — even before you immigrate — by becoming familiar with job-search techniques, conducting research on the industries and companies in which you are interested, and improving and documenting your skills and knowledge.
Tools and Information
The Ontario Government has partnered with Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), to create a career map for internationally trained engineers. The career map explains in detail every step of the registration process, including language requirements, industry trends, labour market conditions, the credential assessment process, licensing fees and other important information.
Download a copy of the Career Map for internationally trained architects:
- Career map for internationally trained engineers (PDF)
- Career map for internationally trained engineers (Word)
The Professional Engineers of Ontario have a program where they offer free licensing-assessment for internationally trained engineers. The program, introduced last year, waived the licensing fee and the fee for an intern training program if an internationally trained engineer registered within six months of arriving. For more information, contact the PEO (contact information listed below).
Bridge training programs: If you are qualified in your profession but new to Ontario, you may benefit from a bridging program. Bridging programs help qualified immigrants move more quickly into their professions without duplicating what they have already learned.
Engineering Internship Training (EIT) Program
If you have been assigned a confirmatory examination program, you are eligible to be registered in PEO's Engineering Internship Training (EIT) Program. The EIT Program is designed for applicants who are employed in an engineering capacity. It is not a job search or placement program.
PEO’s EIT Program:
- helps you to understand the licensing requirements, particularly the experience required to qualify for a P.Eng. licence;
- offers you the opportunity to obtain detailed, confidential work experience reviews from the EIT Program Manager. At your request, PEO will review your experience upon changing jobs, upon completion of any temporary work assignment, and after obtaining your first six months of engineering experience in Canada;
- helps you demonstrate to employers your commitment to becoming a licensed professional engineer; and
- encourages you to become involved in the profession and to participate in PEO’s chapter activities, insurance and investment plans.
PEO’s EIT program provides:
- access to the password-protected sections of the PEO website (www.peo.on.ca) for questions and answers of concern to PEO’s engineering interns;
- subscription to EngineerMENTOR, PEO’s on-line newsletter for engineering interns (available by mail on request);
- on-line discussions with other engineering interns and with professional engineers;
- advice on reporting work experience;
- examples of legal and ethical issues; and
- specialized EIT assistance.
The annual fee for the EIT program is $53.50. You must notify your PEO Admission Representative or the Manager, Pre-Licensing Programs (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you wish to be recorded in the EIT Program.
Bridge training programs: If you are qualified in your profession but new to Ontario, you may benefit from a bridge training program. Bridge training programs help qualified immigrants move more quickly into their professions without duplicating what they have already learned.
Engineering ConnectionsAccessible Community Counselling and Employment Services
This program helps internationally trained engineers learn about the engineering labour market and the licensure process in Ontario. Participants study effective job search strategies, workplace communication and employer expectations. In addition, the program provides workshops on project management, software for engineers and Canadian Engineering Codes.
Engineering Software Skills Enhancement ProgramHumber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
This program assists internationally trained civil, electrical, mechanical engineers and architects to prepare for employment in their professions in one semester. Training is provided in sector-specific skills such as AutoCAD, MS Project, Revit, LEED, Engineering Codes & Standards, Workplace Safety, etc. Participants can also access advising services, mentoring opportunities, job search and job development supports. Program graduates have secured jobs as Electrical Designers, Project Managers, Architectural Technologists, Estimators, Construction Coordinators, and such.
Telephone: 416-675-6622 ext. 2613
Internationally Educated Engineers Qualification Bridging ProgramFaculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science, Ryerson University
The IEEQB Program provides internationally educated engineers with an opportunity to meet the academic requirements for professional engineering licensure in Ontario. The program is offered in collaboration with Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO). Eligible participants will: fulfill the PEO's academic requirements for licensure; receive an academic bridging education and career and social counselling; update technical knowledge and learn the English terminology required for engineering discipline; learn Canadian economic principles and engineering law and ethics; and expand social network with other engineering students.
Examination Skills Preparation for Internationally Trained EngineersOntario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE)
This program helps internationally trained engineers seeking licensure in Ontario to prepare for the Professional Practice Examination. Participants learn about the role and context of exam writing in Canada as well as legal and ethical practices in the workplace. Participants will also be prepared with the technical information needed to pass the exam.
Licensing International Engineers into the ProfessionUniversity of Toronto
This program helps internationally trained engineers get the training needed to get licensed and employed as professional engineers in Ontario. This program offers engineering-specific language training, workplace culture and communication training, technical engineering courses and preparation to write the Professional Practice Examination (PPE). Participants are also provided with networking opportunities in their field.
Professional Access and Integration Enhancement Program (PAIE)Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
The program helps internationally trained environmental engineers and geoscientists get licensed and employed in their field. Participants are provided with technical training, as well as occupation-specific language and Workplace Communication and Culture training. Employment counselling and individual support is also provided.
Participants also complete a 12-month paid work placement with environmental industry employers and take the Professional Practice Exams to fulfill the requirements to become licensed as Professional Engineers and Professional Geoscientists with Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) and the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO) respectively.
Professional Engineers Ontario
40 Sheppard Ave. West, Suite 101
Toronto, ON M2N 6K9
Toll Free: 1-800-339-3716 (only in Ontario)
Toll Free Fax: 1-800-268-0496 (only in Ontario)
To learn about occupations in Canada, visit Job Bank.
This site will help you identify the name of your occupation in Canada. It will also give you important information about your profession in many regions of Canada, including job duties, skill requirements and wage rates.
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