COVID-19 Response

The following information and resources have been compiled to assist applicants, licence and certificate holders, and the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. You are encouraged to regularly check this page and our social media accounts for updates.

General Operations
Office closure, temporary mail service suspension, payments

Licensing & Registration
P.Eng. and C of A applications, renewals, exams

Professional Practice
Practice bulletin

Regulatory Compliance
Complaints and investigations, enforcing against illegal practice

Events
Annual General Meeting, Order of Honour Gala, Ontario Professional Engineers Awards

Practice Evaluation and Knowledge (PEAK) program
2020 ethics module delayed

General Operations

To limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, PEO has implemented a work at home plan for all its employees until further notice.

PEO staff remain available to respond by phone and email to all inquiries.

Our general reception phone line remains open at (416) 224-1100 or 800-339-3716. You can also reach representatives in our various departments through the online contact forms on our website at www.peo.on.ca/contact

PEO is no longer directly accepting incoming mail deliveries as of March 27. 

Applications for licences and certificates of authorization will not be accepted by mail. Applications received by mail and post-marked after Tuesday, July 14 will not be processed.

Payment of fees and dues, as well as payments for renewals of certificates of authorization, can be made online via PC banking or credit card. Members and applicants are advised not to mail cheques to PEO until further notice.

All fees and dues continue to be payable. Paper invoices and receipts are no longer being sent.

Licensing and Registration

We have updated our P.Eng. application form and modified processes so that applications are to be submitted by email only. P.Eng. applications received by mail and post-marked after Tuesday, July 14 will not be processed. 

To apply for a P.Eng. licence, please download and complete the fillable application form, attach copies of all required documents, and send it to us at peng.apply@peo.on.ca

PEO has put in place an alternate process of receiving and approving new certificate of authorization (C of A) applications while the PEO office is closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please see the C of A page for details.

Certificates of authorization are now renewable online via our portal. New digital processes allow for automated distribution of many email communications from PEO, and C of A holders are now able to manage their accounts online.

PEO has adopted the National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE) as a replacement for the PEO-administered PPE. The NPPE is a computer-based, multiple choice examination administered through the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta and is based on the same content and curriculum as the PPE. Joining this program provides PEO with an objective, psychometrically valid and digital professional practice examination. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the NPPE is being offered as a remotely-proctored examination. The first sittings of this new exam occurred in June for those whose March PPE sitting was cancelled. Online registration for future sittings is scheduled to be available on July 1.

Information on future exam sittings is posted on our Technical Exam Program webpage as it becomes available. Should you have any questions, contact our Exam Centre at exams@peo.on.ca.

Professional Practice

Practice advisory

PEO published a practice advisory notice outlining the obligations and responsibilities of professional engineers and holders of limited licences during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Regulatory Compliance

Statutory investigations continue. In March, processes were adjusted and communicated to accept and process complaints only by email until further notice. Signed complaint forms should be emailed to complaints@peo.on.ca. If you have recently mailed a complaint to PEO and have not received acknowledgment of receipt, please resend the complaint by email to ensure that it is received.

Enforcement staff continue to investigate active matters and respond to new matters submitted by email and voicemail.

Events

PEO’s 98th Annual General Meeting was held virtually on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Please see the 2020 AGM page for more information.

Options are currently being considered on how and when to stage PEO’s 2020 Order of Honour gala, which was originally scheduled to be held on April 24 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Options are currently being considered on how to present the 2020 Ontario Professional Engineers Awards, currently scheduled for November 21.

Practice Evaluation and Knowledge (PEAK)

Due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the release of PEO’s 2020 ethics module has been delayed. It is expected during summer 2020.

If you have already completed all ethics modules before the 2020 ethics module becomes available, the PEAK program will recognize your review of one of the existing modules towards your 2020 completion status for the ethics module element of the PEAK program.

Simply email the PEAK team at peoPEAK@peo.on.ca with these details: (1) your PEO licence number; (2) the ID for the reviewed module; and (3) the date you reviewed the module