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PEO publishes a variety of resources to assist licence holders in their roles and responsibilities, as well as guidance for applicants going through the licensure process.

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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.


PEO’s Engineering Intern (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.


As the regulator of engineering in Ontario, it’s PEO’s role to assure the public that licensed practitioners are competent to practise in their chosen discipline, and that they are taking responsibility for the outcomes of their work.


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.


Online Learning Modules

PEO’s Online Learning Modules provide licence holders, volunteers, staff and applicants with various learning and development opportunities.

Practice Advice Resources and Guidelines

PEO offers a variety of practice advice resources to assist licence holders in providing professional and ethical engineering services.

Frequently Asked Questions

Licence holders in their first year of licensure or reinstatement are not expected to complete the program for that first year. The program will automatically mark their practice status as “practising” and their PEAK elements as “not applicable” for that year. These licence holders are expected to complete the program every year starting from the time they receive their first licence fee renewal notice. 

Licence holders who teach engineering are expected to complete the PEAK program according to their practice status. The teaching of engineering is not described in the definition of the practice of professional engineering in the Professional Engineers Act for Ontario. 

Licence holders who teach engineering are in a “practising” situation when they or their students deliver work or research—whether on a paid, reduced fee, stipend or pro bono basis—and provide expert engineering opinions or provide engineering services that will be used or relied upon, particularly by parties outside the educational institution. 

Licence holders who teach engineering are in a “non-practising” situation when they teach, supervise student projects, or carry out basic research with an outcome that would not directly be used or relied upon by other. 

Licence holders who are retired are in a “non-practising” situation since they are not actively engaged in the practice of professional engineering, not even on a part-time basis. Retired licence holders are still expected to participate in the PEAK program each year by completing the non-practising declaration and the ethics module. 

Licence holders who are registered into the reduced fee program are restricted to a “non-practising” situation and they not allowed to practise professional engineering anytime while registered in this fee remission program. Fee remission licence holders are still expected to participate in the PEAK program each year by completing the non-practising declaration and the ethics module. 

PEO conducted consultations with stakeholders during the development of the PEAK program. Refer to this PEO webpage for the background to the PEAK program which outlines the consultation opportunities. In particular: 

  1. The CPDCQA task force that delivered its November 2015 report consulted with licence holders through the assistance of Ipsos Reid, and the task force consisted of these ten (10) individuals: 

    • a licence holder employed by a consulting practice 

    • a licence holder employed in an engineering department providing in-house engineering services 

    • a retired licence holder 

    • a non-practicing employed licence holder 

    • a licence holder employed by a government 

    • a licence holder employed as a professor in a college or university 

    • a licence holder employed by a manufacturing company 

    • a sole practitioner 

    • a PEO councillor 

    • a member of the PEO Executive Committee to assume the role of Chair 

  2. Six town hall meetings from September to October 2015 in each of PEO’s five chapter regions to discuss CPD and the other recommendations from the Elliot Lake Commission of Inquiry. 

  3. Beta testing in October 2016 of the practice evaluation questionnaire with licence holders. 

  1. The CPCP task force that delivered its March 2017 report, and the task force consisted of these eight (8) individuals: 

    • the past-CPDCQA chair 

    • two past-CPDCQA members 

    • four members of Council (elected) 

    • a member of Council (LG-appointed) 

The Ethics Module element of the PEAK program is an interactive refresher module designed to reacquaint PEO licence holders—practising and non-practising alike—with the statutory professional and ethical obligations associated with their professional practice activities, as described in the Professional Engineers Act and its accompanying regulations for Ontario. 

The modules present a variety of ethical and regulatory topics that include: the regulatory role of PEO; the professional responsibilities of the licence holder; the legal and ethical obligations of licensure; professional misconduct; conflict of interest; duty to report; the duties of non-practising licence holders; and use of the professional engineer’s seal. The module reminds licence holders how to apply these obligations to real-life situations. The module is not a test and does not require any preparations or study before completing it. 

All licence holders are invited to complete one module for each 12-month licence period. 

Licence holders who are in a “practising” situation are asked to complete a practice evaluation questionnaire comprising a series of short multiple-choice questions on their engineering practice circumstances. The questionnaire is structured much like an informal practice audit, and the responses to the questionnaire describe risks to the public and mitigation measures associated with licence holders’ practice activities. Upon completing the questionnaire, licence holders are instantly assigned personalized recommendations towards continuing knowledge activities to be completed during the 12-month licence period. This recommendation is described in number of hours (up to 30 hours for that licence period) and determined by a risk-based algorithm. 

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.

Licence Fees

(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. 

Reinstatement Fees

(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.

Fee Remission

(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.

Examination Fees

(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.

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. 

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.