We provide resources to assist our stakeholders in understanding our regulatory role and how we protect the public interest.
As part of its regulatory mandate, PEO establishes, maintains and develops: standards of knowledge and skill; standards of practice for the profession; standards of professional ethics; and promotes public awareness of its role. The following are resources to assist PEO stakeholders--licence holders, applicants, and the public--in understanding their roles and responsibilities and the regulator’s work protecting the public interest.
Ontario professional engineers are part of a community of more than 87,500 PEO licence and certificate holders committed to enhancing the quality of life, safety and well-being in the province.
As Ontario’s engineering regulator, PEO relies heavily on its volunteers. More than 1,000 professional engineers, engineering interns and non-engineers volunteer their time each year on behalf of the association through their participation.
PEO's mandate, as described in the Professional Engineers Act, is to ensure that the public is protected and that individuals and companies providing engineering services uphold a strict code of professional ethics and conduct.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will the removal of Canadian Experience in the FARPACTA amendments affect PEO’s work experience requirements for licensure?
Schedule 3 of the Working for Workers Act, 2021 has resulted in amendments to the Fair Access to Regulated Professions and Compulsory Trades Act (FARPACTA), including a provision for the removal of Canadian experience from the overall licensing requirements for certain regulated professions, including professional engineering. The FARPACTA amendments, along with the associated Regulation 261, anticipate that the affected regulatory bodies will require time to implement the needed changes to regulations and licensing procedures to remove Canadian experience requirements or provide a reasonable alternative. All regulated professions to which FARPACTA applies, including PEO, will have until December 2, 2023, to achieve full compliance. Our existing engineering work experience requirements will remain in effect until further notice, while efforts to comply with the new FARPACTA provisions are in progress.
A review of PEO’s licensing process is already underway as part of our longstanding commitment to modernize our approach to professional regulation. Any changes to the engineering work experience requirement will consider a proper balance between PEO’s public protection mandate and the interests of applicants (including those who are internationally trained).
What are the official changes to By-Law No.1 that become effective May 1, 2019?
The approved list of changes to By-Law No.1 that were amended on March 22, 2019 and are effective as of May 1, 2019 include:
Fees General (Amended March 22, 2019)
39. (1) As of May 1, 2019, unless otherwise stated, fees including applicable taxes shall be paid on the date specified by the Council. Between March 22, 2019 and May 1, 2019, the fees payable shall remain as set out in this by-law as it read on March 21, 2019.
(2) An applicant for a licence shall pay an application fee of $360.
(3) A person whose application for a licence has been accepted shall pay a registration fee of $300.
(4) Subject to Section 39(5), a holder of a licence shall pay an annual fee of $265 payable upon registration and on or before each anniversary of registration.
(5) Every Member who has been a President of the association shall be designated as a “Life Member” and is exempt from the requirement to pay the annual fee referred to in Section 39(4). (Amended as of June 22, 2018)
Limited Licence Fees
(6) An applicant for a limited licence shall pay an application fee of $360.
(7) A person whose application for a limited licence has been accepted shall pay a registration fee of $300.
(8) A holder of a limited licence shall pay an annual fee of $265 payable upon registration and on or before each anniversary of registration. However, a former holder of the engineering technology class of limited licence class is not required to pay an additional fee for reissuing the engineering technology class of limited licence.
Provisional Licence Fees
(9) An applicant for a licence who is issued a provisional licence shall pay a registration fee of $300.
Temporary Licence Fees
(10) An applicant for a temporary licence shall pay an application fee of $780.
Engineering Intern Fees
(11) An applicant for a licence shall pay a fee of $90 upon becoming an engineering intern and shall pay an annual fee of $90 on or before each anniversary of becoming an engineering intern.
(12) A member who resigned from the association shall pay the following fees before their licence may be reinstated:
a. a reinstatement fee of $280;
b. the fees owing by the person to the association at the time the member resigned, if any; and
c. the fees payable for the current year and, if at the time of resignation the member’s annual fee was reduced in accordance with Section 39(14) (Fee Remission), the member shall pay a reduced annual fee of $70.
(13) A person whose licence or limited licence was cancelled for non-payment of fees shall pay the following fees before their licence or limited licence may be reinstated:
a. the fees owing by the person to the association at the time the licence or limited licence was cancelled;
b. the annual fee payable for the current year and, if at the time of cancellation the person’s annual fee was reduced in accordance with Section 39(14) (Fee Remission), the person shall pay a reduced annual fee of $70; and
c. subject to Section d, a reinstatement fee of,
i. $60, if the payments referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b) are made in full within 90 days after the cancellation,
ii. $280, if the payments referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b) are made in full more than 90 days and within two years after the cancellation, and
iii. $555, if the payments referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b) are made in full more than two years after the cancellation;
d. If the person’s fees were reduced in accordance with Section 39(14) (Fee Remission) at the time the licence or limited licence was cancelled, the reinstatement fee referred to in paragraph (c) is as follows:
i. $60, if the payments referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b) are made in full within two years after the cancellation, and
ii. $555, if the payments referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b) are made in full more than two years after the cancellation.
(14) The Registrar shall reduce part of the annual fee, to the amount set out in Section 39(15) of a holder of a licence or a limited licence who meets the conditions of Section 41.1 of Regulation 941
(15) The reduced annual fee referred to in Section 39(14) is $70 for licence holders and limited licence holders.
(16) If a person no longer meets the requirements of Section 41.1 of Regulation 941, the person shall immediately pay the following fees:
a. any fees owed to the association;
b. the difference, if any, between the amount required to be paid by the licence or limited licence holder as an annual fee for the current year and the amount required to be paid as an annual fee for a person who pays a reduced fee in accordance with Section 39(15) for that year; and
c. a fee of $60.
Consulting Engineer Fees
(17) A person who applies for designation or re-designation as a consulting engineer shall pay an application fee of $265.
(18) A person who applies for permission to use the term “consulting engineers” shall pay an application fee of $55.
(19) A consulting engineer shall pay a registration fee of $265 for each five-year period of designation.
Certificate of Authorization Fee
(20) A person who applies for a certificate of authorization shall pay an application fee of $400.
(21) A holder of a certificate of authorization shall pay:
a. an annual fee of $400 payable upon acceptance of the application and on or before each anniversary of the acceptance; and
b. for each replaced certificate of authorization, a fee of $60.
(22) A person shall pay the following fees in relation to examinations, which are non-refundable except for the fee set out in Section e.:
a. For each writing of the Professional Practice Examination, $200;
b. To write the first Technical Examination, $700;
c. To write any subsequent Technical Examination, $200;
d. Upon submission of a thesis, $360;
e. For each writing of an examination required in support of an application for designation as a consulting engineer, $200;
f. An additional fee to write any examination outside of Canada, $180; and
g. To request remarking of any examination, $330.
Seal Fees, Replacement
(23) A person shall pay the following fees for the issuance of a seal:
a. $30 for a rubber seal; and
b. $85 for a metal seal.
How has the Engineering Intern Financial Credit Program (FCP) changed?
The intent of the program remains the same—to provide an incentive to those who graduate from a program accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board to apply for a P.Eng. licence within six months of graduation and participate in PEO’s Engineering Intern (EIT) program; and to encourage international engineering graduates to apply for a P.Eng. licence within six months of their landing in Canada and participate in the EIT program.
Under the previous version of the FCP, fees for the licence application and first year enrolment in the EIT program were immediately waived for eligible candidates. Under the new version of the FCP, all eligible applicants will have the application fees they paid, as well as the fee for the first year of participation in the EIT program (should they have registered for the program), credited towards payment of their registration and initial P.Eng. licence fees when they have been approved for a licence.
Under the new FCP, is enrolment in the Engineering Intern (EIT) program mandatory to receive a credit upon being approved for licensure?
No. Under the new program, eligible applicants who join the EIT program and pay the first year's fee will have that amount credited towards payment of your registration and initial P.Eng. licence fees once they are approved for a licence. Eligible applicants who choose not to enroll in the EIT program will have only their application fee credited at the time of licensure. Participation in the EIT program is voluntary and provides benefits but is not required to become licensed.
What are the benefits to participating in the Engineering Intern (EIT) program?
The EIT program provides guidance and assistance to engineering graduates as they acquire the 48 months of acceptable engineering work experience, including annual reviews of experience to help ensure that an applicant is on the right track for licensing. Those enrolled in the program can also use the title "engineering intern" or "EIT" after their name. Further information about the program is available here.
I submitted my application before the May 1, 2019, deadline but my convocation date will not occur until after May 1. Do I still qualify to have my application fee waived?
No. Applications are only valid when received and the necessary requirements have been met. However, if you submit a completed application and pay the application fee within six months of convocation, and are subsequently approved for a licence, that application fee will be credited towards payment of your registration and initial P.Eng. licence fees.
If my date of permanent residency in Canada("landing") falls after May 1, 2019, but I apply before then, will I be eligible to have my application fee waived?
No. However, if you apply for a P.Eng. licence and pay the application fee, that fee will be credited towards payment of your registration and initial P.Eng. licence fees should you be approved for a licence.
Why did PEO implement a 20 per cent increase to all its fees?
Current revenues do not enable PEO to fulfil adequately its legislated functions and supporting activities. Revenues from the growth in the number of licence holders, applications, examinations etc., have not been adequate to keep pace with the rate of inflation of nearly 20 per cent over this time.
This is a one-time increase. Any future increases will be decided upon by PEO Council.
Which fees are affected?
Fees related to all licences, examinations, certificates of authorization, consulting engineer designations, reinstatements, engineering intern membership, fee remissions and seals will be increased by approximately 20 per cent, effective May 1, 2019. In addition, two current fees previously not included in By-Law No. 1 have been added with an increase of approximately 20 per cent: Requesting a re-marking of an exam and requesting a PEO examination to be held outside of Canada.
To see a complete list of PEO’s fees as of May 1, 2019, click here.
I’ve already received an invoice that includes the former fee. Will I have to pay the new fee?
No. Only invoices sent on and after May 1, 2019 will include the new fees. If you received an invoice prior to May 1, 2019, you should pay only the amount requested on that notice.