Limited Licence

A limited licence is issued to an individual who, as a result of at least eight years of specialized experience, has developed competence in a certain area of professional engineering.

PEO and COVID-19

In light of concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for social distancing, PEO is no longer directly accepting incoming mail deliveries. Deliveries are being received and securely held onsite by PEO’s property manager.

Applications for licences and certificates of authorization will not be accepted by mail until further notice. Please note that applications cannot be sent to PEO electronically at this time.

Members and applicants are advised not to mail cheques to PEO until further notice. Payment of fees and dues, as well as payments for renewals of certificates of authorization, can be made online. All fees and dues continue to be payable.

PEO staff remain available to respond by phone and email to all inquiries, including those related to the application process.

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As per Regulation 941, Section 45, the practice of professional engineering by the holder of the limited licence must be limited to the services specified in the limited licence


Application/Submission requirements

To qualify for a limited licence, an applicant:

  • must hold a three-year degree or diploma in an engineering, technology or science program or have equivalent educational qualifications, with knowledge that corresponds to the scope of services within the practice of professional engineering to be provided under the limited licence. You will need to arrange for your academic transcript to be sent directly from the respective university/institution ;
  • must pass the Professional Practice Examination;
  • must demonstrate that they are of good character;
  • must pay the applicable fees;
  • must demonstrate at least eight years of experience in the practice of professional engineering
    • with at least six years of the experience corresponding to the scope of services within the practice of professional engineering to be provided under the limited licence, and

    • at least four of those six years’ experience acquired in a Canadian jurisdiction under the supervision of one or more people legally authorized to engage in the practice of professional engineering in a Canadian jurisdiction.


When submitting your application, please include:

  • A completed limited licence application
  • A copy of your proof of identity. Please use of the following official documents: Canadian birth certificate, Canadian citizen card/certificate (both sides), permanent resident card (both sides) or From IMM 1000 of record of landing
  • ·A copy of your up-to-date experience record ( Refer to our Guide to the Required Experience for a Limited Licence in Ontario)
  • Payment of application fee: ·$360 + HST = $406.80  (in Canadian dollars, cheque or money order, made payable to Professional Engineers Ontario).


Note: Faxed or scanned applications are not acceptable because we require an original handwritten signature

The application package should be submitted by mail or in-person to:

Professional Engineers Ontario
40 Sheppard Avenue West
Toronto, ON M2N 6K9


Download the Limited Licence application here.

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What to expect (timelines)

Limited Licence Estimated time Process
  8 months + Application Review and Assessment

Basic Steps:

- Submission of Application with Payment

- Academic Requirements Committee Review

- Character References

- Experience Requirements Interview ( Allow sufficient time for scheduling the interview )

- Professional Practice Exam ( Offered: 3/yr )

- Final Approval

    Note: Allow +/- 8 weeks for mailing of Stamp/Certificate after final approval and fees paid