This week, Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) became the first professional regulator in the province to remove the Canadian experience requirement from their licence application criteria. OSPE has advocated for this change for many years, and we are pleased to see PEO take this much-needed action.
The removal of the Canadian experience requirement is a response to recent legislation which aims to remove employment barriers for International Engineering Graduates (IEGs). As well, a 2021 report commissioned by PEO recommended the removal of this requirement from the licensing process.
This change removes a major barrier facing IEGs and supports a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive engineering profession. OSPE celebrates this development and will continue to provide a home for engineering graduates at all stages of the licensing process.