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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why should I run for Council?
Why does my vote matter?
What is the purpose of Council?
What are some examples of what Council does?


Why should I run for Council?

Testimonial from Past President Annette Bergeron, P.Eng., MBA, FEC:

"Serving as President of Council was a tremendous leadership opportunity. Our Council now needs diversity and I encourage all P.Engs to consider ‘real change’.”

Why does my vote matter?

  • Self-regulation of engineering in Ontario is a privilege - not a right.
  • By voting in the Council elections, you’re doing your part to ensure that we, as professional engineers, are in a strong position to continue regulating our own profession to protect the public interest and promote the integrity of engineering in Ontario.
  • In the 2017 Council elections, 16.38 per cent of eligible voters participated.

What is the purpose of Council?

  • PEO Council works to ensure that the Professional Engineers Act is updated to reflect changes in the practice of engineering and responds to the evolving needs and expectations of the public. In 2010, the last time the Act was opened, 66 amendments were made with input from Council.

What are some examples of what Council does?

  • PEO Council actively collaborates with government to respond to critical policy issues. For example, in the wake of the devastating collapse of part of the rooftop parking deck at the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake, Council ensured that PEO took a leading role in the public inquiry and developed recommendations to prevent such tragedies in the future.
  • Council is recognizing emerging engineering disciplines. In 2011, two new disciplines were recognized – nanotechnology and molecular engineering and communications infrastructure engineering. Council is now moving forward to implement licensure requirements and encourage accredited educational programs in these fields.