About PEO / Value of Licensure
In Canada, the P.Eng. designation represents the highest standards of engineering knowledge, experience and professionalism in the country. It tells employers that you're committed to engineering excellence; that you have the right skills, education and attitude; and that you're a responsible professional with the proven problem solving abilities to help their business build business.
To become a professional engineer (P.Eng.) in Canada, you must be licensed in the provincial/territorial jurisdiction in which you are employed.
In Ontario, Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) governs its licence and certificate holders and regulates professional engineering practice to serve and protect the public. Under the Professional Engineers Act, PEO establishes the educational, experience and other requirements for licensing. PEO also provides leadership to the profession and raises public awareness of its role and of the value of licensure. To take responsibility for professional engineering work in Ontario, an individual must be licensed by PEO. Professional engineering safeguards life, health, property, economic interests, the public welfare and the environment.
More than 200 engineering programs offered at 35 Canadian universities–nearly half of which are in Ontario–have met the demanding standards set by the profession and been accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). Graduation from one of these nationally accredited programs means you have earned the academic qualifications required to apply for a licence as a P.Eng. with any of the 12 provincial and territorial engineering licensing bodies.
With graduation from a Canadian engineering program, comes a unique and memorable event: the Iron Ring ceremony. A tradition since 1925, the ring is worn on the little finger of the working hand to symbolize the pride engineers have in their profession and to remind them of their obligation to live by a high standard of professional conduct. Although the ring represents an enormous achievement, it does not make the wearer an engineer. Graduation is just the first step to obtaining the licence and becoming a professional engineer.