To be a world-class regulator, PEO cannot work in a vacuum. It must be heard by – and work collaboratively with – government.
That’s why PEO Council created the Government Liaison Program (GLP) in 2005. The program positions PEO at the table with legislators to solve public interest issues related to professional engineering. We want decision makers to take advantage of engineering talent to solve public interest issues and participate in the formation of good public policy.
Members of Provincial Parliament
Through the GLP, PEO uses its province-wide strength to deliver messages to Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) and other stakeholders.
As part of this dialogue PEO delivers these three messages to MPPs:
1. PEO has a legislative mandate under the Professional Engineers Act to regulate the practice of profession engineering in the public interest.
2. The self-regulating engineering profession – comprising of 85,000 professionals – has been successfully serving and protecting the public for more than 90 years.
3. PEO has unique knowledge and expertise and it is in the best interest of government to consult with it before considering any new policy directions that may have the potential to impact the regulation of the practice of professional engineering.
The GLP is integrated into PEO chapter operations, engaging with MPPS through a comprehensive three-pronged approach:
- Facilitating strong, on-going relationships between chapter members and their local MPPS;
- Actively monitoring and taking action on policy proposals and upcoming legislation that could affect PEO and the Professional Engineers Act; and
- Providing communications and policy support to express PEO policy positions to government policy makers. Ultimately, the long-term desire is that involvement in the GLP will inspire more engineers to seek public office and have the profession's voice represented directly at the decision-making table.