OSPE’s official statement on the rule of industrial exception

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On behalf of the OSPE Board of Directors

On the issue of the industrial exception – a rule allowing employees of industrial firms in the province to do engineering work on machinery and equipment without an engineering licence – the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) continues to be officially neutral, as this is a regulatory matter and not within our mandate.

As the voice of Ontario’s Engineers, OSPE is responsible for elevating the profile of engineers by influencing government policy, promoting issues and achievements with media and the public, and providing member services like networking and employment events as well as professional development opportunities.

OSPE continues to support Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) in its mandate to regulate the engineering profession in the province. We encourage PEO and the government to continue to work together for the benefit of the public.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Changiz Sadr, P.Eng., FEC

    Thank you for the statement. It may be a regulatory matter from the Act changing requirement point of view, but it is the advocacy matter too from the benefits it will bring to engineers point of view.
    Repeal of this exception means no more non-engineers are able to do engineering work. It means that the demand for engineering jobs go up. It means more engineers will be employed by employers, and it means more pay for engineers.
    So, as you can see, there are many many reasons for OSPE to support the repeal and oppose the government’s decision in this regards.

  2. Peter Rapin, P Eng

    I personally do not believe that OPSE should or can remain neutral on this issue. Non-qualified and certified persons are undertaking work which rightly belongs to Professional Engineers. This is well within your mandate as defined in your statement above: “OSPE is responsible for elevating the profile of engineers by influencing government policy, promoting issues and achievements with media and the public” Which part of this issue does not fit that mandate?

  3. Warren Turnbull

    This is the problem with OSPE. They should stop worrying about what PEO is doing and start worrying about their own mandate which is to advocate for Engineers. By not supporting the Repeal of the Industrial Exemption they are not advocating for Engineers.

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