We provide resources to assist our stakeholders in understanding our regulatory role and how we protect the public interest.
As part of its regulatory mandate, PEO establishes, maintains and develops: standards of knowledge and skill; standards of practice for the profession; standards of professional ethics; and promotes public awareness of its role. The following are resources to assist PEO stakeholders--licence holders, applicants, and the public--in understanding their roles and responsibilities and the regulator’s work protecting the public interest.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits to participating in the Engineering Intern (EIT) program?
The EIT program provides guidance and assistance to engineering graduates as they acquire the 48 months of acceptable engineering work experience, including annual reviews of experience to help ensure that an applicant is on the right track for licensing. Those enrolled in the program can also use the title "engineering intern" or "EIT" after their name. Further information about the program is available here.
I submitted my application before the May 1, 2019, deadline but my convocation date will not occur until after May 1. Do I still qualify to have my application fee waived?
No. Applications are only valid when received and the necessary requirements have been met. However, if you submit a completed application and pay the application fee within six months of convocation, and are subsequently approved for a licence, that application fee will be credited towards payment of your registration and initial P.Eng. licence fees.
If my date of permanent residency in Canada("landing") falls after May 1, 2019, but I apply before then, will I be eligible to have my application fee waived?
No. However, if you apply for a P.Eng. licence and pay the application fee, that fee will be credited towards payment of your registration and initial P.Eng. licence fees should you be approved for a licence.
Why did PEO implement a 20 per cent increase to all its fees?
Current revenues do not enable PEO to fulfil adequately its legislated functions and supporting activities. Revenues from the growth in the number of licence holders, applications, examinations etc., have not been adequate to keep pace with the rate of inflation of nearly 20 per cent over this time.
This is a one-time increase. Any future increases will be decided upon by PEO Council.
Which fees are affected?
Fees related to all licences, examinations, certificates of authorization, consulting engineer designations, reinstatements, engineering intern membership, fee remissions and seals will be increased by approximately 20 per cent, effective May 1, 2019. In addition, two current fees previously not included in By-Law No. 1 have been added with an increase of approximately 20 per cent: Requesting a re-marking of an exam and requesting a PEO examination to be held outside of Canada.
To see a complete list of PEO’s fees as of May 1, 2019, click here.
I’ve already received an invoice that includes the former fee. Will I have to pay the new fee?
No. Only invoices sent on and after May 1, 2019 will include the new fees. If you received an invoice prior to May 1, 2019, you should pay only the amount requested on that notice.
When was the last time PEO increased the annual licence-holder fee?
The annual licence-holder fee was last increased in 2008.
I thought any fee increase was subject to the approval of licence holders through a referendum. Is this true?
At its February 2019 meeting, Council approved repealing section 59 of By-Law No. 1 to remove its obligation to always seek member confirmation to increase the annual licence holder fee. Section 59, which was created in 2011, had been determined to be legally invalid, as it infringed on Council’s authority to determine on a case-by-case basis whether to seek member confirmation of by-laws passed by Council. The repealed section of the bylaw read as follows:
59. Council shall seek confirmation by the members of the association of a bylaw passed by the Council pursuant to the act pertaining only to annual fees for licence holders
Council still retains its full authority to decide on passing future bylaw changes, with or without seeking a member confirmation to vote. Council has the authority under section 8(2) of the Professional Engineers Act to pass any bylaw within its bylaw-making powers unless under section 8(3) Council specifies that the bylaw be confirmed by a majority of the members voting on the bylaw.
Council also decided to approve the approximately 20 per cent fee increase under section 8(2) of the Professional Engineers Act without seeking member confirmation of the bylaw change.
Are any other fee changes forthcoming?
The bylaw changes approved by Council in March 2019 and that become effective May 1, 2019, are one-time fee increases to catch up with inflation since 2008. They exclude for the time being two new fees approved by Council in November 2018. These include: interviews to waive technical examinations, and a $10 credit card convenience fee. These new fees may be implemented later.
I just can’t access the portal. Where can I get help?
If you encounter technical issues trying to access the portal or when interacting with PEO online through the portal, please report them to firstname.lastname@example.org. To assist us in resolving the issue, please provide:
- date and time of the incident;
- version of the browser you were using, plus the operating system you were using (e.g. Windows 10);
- description of what you were trying to do; and
- description (ideally a screen shot) of the issue you experienced.