PEO working to improve licensing and registration processes

PEO is actively pursuing various opportunities to simplify and streamline our licensing system. Our aim is to create a more efficient, transparent and objective application system that is fair to applicants, consistent with a legislative scheme focused on public protection and complies with requirements imposed by the provincial government through recent amendments to the Fair Access to Regulated Professions and Compulsory Trades Act (FARPACTA). Ultimately, PEO is committed to a licensing system that ensures all qualified applicants are licensed fairly and without undue delay so they can actively work in their chosen profession.

Please monitor this webpage for the latest information (this page will be regularly updated).

In addition to content updates on the PEO website, we will also be communicating the upcoming changes using our social media accounts and Engineering Dimensions magazine.

 

In 2023, we will be implementing significant changes to the P.Eng. application process and licensing system to comply with requirements imposed by the provincial government through amendments to the Fair Access to Regulated Professions and Compulsory Trades Act (FARPACTA).

Further to direction provided by PEO Council at its meeting on November 25, 2022, the following changes will become effective no later than July 1, 2023:

  • Application eligibility - Prospective applicants will be required to meet all academic and work experience requirements prior to applying. The requirement to pass the National Professional Practice Exam must be fulfilled within six months of PEO confirming receipt of a completed application.

Note: Current P.Eng. applicants will continue to have their application assessed under the existing process until further notice.

  • Academic requirement - The minimum academic requirement to apply for a P.Eng. licence will become:
    • a bachelor’s degree in an engineering program that is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB), or
       
    • a bachelor’s degree in an engineering program that is included in the International Institutions and Degrees Database (IIDD) administered by Engineers Canada and successful completion of a confirmatory examination program.

The list of qualifying bachelor’s degrees in engineering programs from the IIDD will be published on PEO’s website when it becomes available.

  • Experience requirement - The minimum engineering experience necessary to be granted a P.Eng. licence will remain at 48 months, however applicants will now be required to demonstrate completion of 48 months of experience at time of application. A competency-based assessment model will be adopted to confirm that an applicant for a P.Eng. licence has sufficient experience to enable them to meet the generally accepted standards of practical skill required to engage in the practice of professional engineering
     
  • Canadian experience requirement - The FARPACTA amendments include a provision for the removal of Canadian experience from the overall licensing requirements for certain regulated professions, including professional engineering. All regulated professions to which FARPACTA applies, including PEO, will have at the latest until December 2023 to comply unless it can be demonstrated that an exemption is necessary for the purposes of public health and safety.

Further changes to the P.Eng. application and licensing process are anticipated.

To learn more about how the processes and programs listed below will be impacted, please review the information on the corresponding webpages:

  • New P.Eng. applicants - PEO is launching an improved online application system as of July 1, 2023. There may be a black-out period in advance of this launch during which prospective P.Eng. applicants will not be able to apply.
     
  • New Limited Licence applications – PEO is launching an improved licensing process as of July 1st, 2023. We are hoping to launch the online application system for the Limited Licence in the future. There may be a black-out period in advance of the July 1st, 2023 launch during which prospective applicants will not be able to apply.

We will provide more information when it becomes available.
 

PEO is launching an improved application and licensing process for the application types indicated below. We will provide more information when it becomes available.

To learn more about how these application types will be impacted, please review the information on the corresponding webpages:

The EIT program will be suspended to new applicants who apply, and this change will come into effect no later than July 1, 2023. The Professional Engineers Act and its regulations make the EIT program available only to those who have already applied for licensure. Since the required work experience under the FARPACTA-compliant licensing process must be acquired prior to applying, the EIT program, which is designed to assist applicants as they acquire the 48 months of acceptable engineering work experience, is no longer sustainable in its current form. Current P.Eng. applicants who are an EIT may remain in the program so long as they continue their current licensing process.
 

PEO is one of many regulators in Ontario subject to FARPACTA, which is aimed at promoting fairness and transparency in the licensing process particularly, but not exclusively, for those who are internationally educated and/or trained. Amendments to FARPACTA by the Working for Workers Act, 2021 and the Working for Workers Act, 2022, compel affected regulators to make the necessary operational and policy changes in 2023.

Specifically, these amendments require that PEO:

  • Provides clarity on what constitutes a completed application, so that it can be confirmed as complete within 10 days of receipt;
  • Meets an overall six-month target for reaching registration decisions (a decision to issue a licence or a decision to issue a notice of proposal to refuse to issue a licence) for 90 per cent of all completed applications received on or after July 1, 2023;
  • Meets 30-day targets for processing transfer applications from other Canadian jurisdictions; and
  • Eliminates the Canadian experience requirement—by the end of 2023—to ensure appropriate public protection without necessarily requiring a portion of the relevant experience to be obtained exclusively in Canada unless it can be demonstrated that an exemption is necessary for the purposes of public health and safety.