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External Regulatory Performance Review  

In September 2018, Council approved a motion to have an external regulatory review conducted to identify any gaps between PEO’s current practices and the process, procedures and policies exhibited by the best regulators. This voluntary initiative was undertaken as part of Council’s commitment to ensure that PEO is effectively fulfilling its mandate as set out in the Professional Engineers Act.

The independent review was led by Harry Cayton, an international advisor to the United Kingdom–based Professional Standards Authority (PSA), an organization recognized for their expertise in developing international standards for regulatory effectiveness and applying them to professional regulatory bodies around the world. The review assessed PEO’s performance against its statutory mandate and legislative requirements, internal policies and the standards of good regulation across its core regulatory functions:

  • Licensing and registration;
  • Complaints, discipline, compliance and enforcement; and
  • Professional standards.

The review did not assess the governance of PEO.

In addition to Mr. Cayton, who served as chief executive of PSA from 2007-2018, the review team comprised Deanna Williams, a former registrar and CEO of the Ontario College of Pharmacists who was also appointed by the provincial government as a supervisor to the College of Denturists of Ontario, as well as Kate Webb, a regulatory policy specialist with over 10 years' experience of oversight regulation.

The final report provides 15 recommendations on how to improve PEO’s regulatory performance. Council accepts the report in its entirety and an action plan is now being developed. 

Council is committed to being open and transparent in its processes and making the changes necessary to enhance PEO’s legislative mandate of protecting the public interest in matters concerning engineering.

View the final report.


Additional resources

The standards of good regulation that formed the basis of the review are included in the list of resources below.