Engineers Canada is the national organization of the 12 engineering regulators that license the country’s 280,000 members of the profession. Together with the regulators, Engineers Canada works to advance the profession in the public interest.
The Policy applies to any personal information that Engineers Canada collects, uses or discloses in the course of its business operations and/or in the provision of its services. All Engineers Canada employees, volunteers, contractors, sub-contractors and third-parties are subject to the Policy.
II. PURPOSES FOR WHICH INFORMATION IS COLLECTED, USED OR DISCLOSED
Engineers Canada only collects, uses and discloses personal information for purposes that are appropriate in the circumstances and only such personal information as is required for the purposes of conducting its operations and/or providing its services.
Engineers Canada is committed to ensuring the fair handling of personal information at all times, throughout the organization and in its dealings with third parties.
The purposes for which Engineers Canada may collect, use, disclose or retain personal information include, but are not limited to:
- Determining eligibility for products or services;
- Processing payments for services, for example to reimburse volunteers;
- Administering programs, such as the Engineers Canada National Scholarship Program;
- Contacting individuals to provide information or updates and to inform of projects, programs and initiatives;
- Providing regulatory support to the engineering regulators, for instance where there is a cross-jurisdictional registration or discipline matter;
- Conducting research and assessing trends that affect the profession;
- Assessing or verifying educational or other credentials; or
- Recruitment purposes.
Engineers Canada’s use of the information it collects is limited to the purposes set out above, or to those that are identified at the time of collection.
Personal information will be collected, wherever possible, directly from the individual to whom the information relates, but under certain circumstances, Engineers Canada may also collect personal information from third parties, including the engineering regulators and government agencies who have the authority to disclose the information.
Engineers Canada will not sell, trade, barter, exchange or disclose for consideration any personal information that it obtains.
III. LIMITS ON THE COLLECTION OF INFORMATION
Engineers Canada collects only the amount and type of information that is necessary for an identified purpose, and will do so only by fair and lawful means.
IV. LIMITS ON THE USE AND DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION
Engineers Canada will not use or disclose personal information in its custody or control (or to which it has access to in the course of providing regulatory support) except as necessary in the course of performing its duties.
Engineers Canada only uses or discloses personal information for the purposes for which it was collected, unless the individual consents or the use or disclosure is authorized by law.
Engineers Canada respects and values an individual’s right to provide or withhold consent in relation to his or her information. Except where the law authorizes collection, use and disclosure of personal information without consent, and prior to collecting, using and disclosing such information, Engineers Canada will obtain the meaningful consent of the individual to whom the personal information relates:
- Wherever practical, Engineers Canada will put additional emphasis on key elements, such as what personal information is being collected, with which parties personal information will be shared, and identify potential harms and other consequences arising from the collection, use or disclosure of personal information;
- Engineers Canada will be transparent and prepared to explain why any given collection, use or disclosure is a condition of service; and
- Engineers Canada will draft consent requests and processes in ways that are user-friendly and provide information in a generally understandable format so that individuals can understand that to which they are consenting.
In the limited circumstances where Engineers Canada requires access to personal information in the course of providing regulatory support, the duty to obtain consent rests with the regulators’ employee at the point of collection, such that additional consent will not be obtained by Engineers Canada.
An individual can refuse to consent to the collection, use or disclosure by Engineers Canada of their personal information, or they may withdraw their consent at any time by providing reasonable notice. In certain cases, the refusal or withdrawal of consent may limit the individual’s eligibility in Engineers Canada services, products or programs.
Accurate information is vital to Engineers Canada’s ability to provide high quality services. To this end, Engineers Canada strives to keep personal information as accurate, complete and up-to-date as possible, taking into account its use and the interests of the individual to whom the information relates.
In certain cases, Engineers Canada may contact individuals who have provided their personal information in order to verify the accuracy of the information. Otherwise, individuals should be encouraged to inform Engineers Canada, promptly, if there are any changes to their personal information.
VII. RETENTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
Engineers Canada will only keep an individual’s personal information for as long as it is required for the reason it was collected. The length of time varies, depending on the purpose for which it was collected and the nature of the information. This period may extend beyond the end of an individual’s relationship with Engineers Canada but it will be only for so long as it is necessary for Engineers Canada to have sufficient information to respond to any issues that may arise at a later date.
When personal information is no longer required, Engineers Canada will take steps to destroy, erase or render anonymous the information.
VIII. ACCESSING INFORMATION
An individual may request access to their personal information that is under the custody or control of Engineers Canada. Engineers Canada will endeavour to provide the requested information within a reasonable time, generally no later than 30 days following its receipt of the request.
Engineers Canada will disclose or grant access to the information unless there is a compelling reason against disclosure. Examples of such situations where Engineers Canada will not disclose this information include, but are not limited to where:
- a legal privilege restricting disclosure applies;
- another law prohibits the disclosure;
- it may harm or interfere with law enforcement activities and other investigative or regulatory functions of an engineering or other regulator;
- it does not exist, is not held, or cannot be found by Engineers Canada;
- it would disclose trade secrets or other confidential information of Engineers Canada;
- it would interfere with contractual or other negotiations of Engineers Canada or a third party; or
- it is not readily retrievable and the burden or cost of providing the information would be disproportionate to the nature or value of the information.
Engineers Canada recognizes that appropriate safeguards are fundamental to maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of information.
Engineers Canada takes reasonable steps to protect the information it receives or creates against theft, loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, modification or destruction. These steps include using appropriate physical, organizational and technological measures to protect the confidentiality of all personal information that Engineers Canada retains or collects, regardless of the format in which it is held. Specifically, Engineers Canada has adopted security measures, including locked cabinets, restricted access, data networks protected by industry-standard firewalls, encryption and password protection systems in order to protect the personal information in its possession.
Additionally, Engineers Canada’s employees are aware of the importance of maintaining the privacy, confidentiality and security of personal information and will receive periodic training on the relevant safeguards that are in place.
Engineers Canada will take all reasonable steps necessary to ensure that any personal information collected in the course of its business operations and/or in the provisions of services is accessed only by Engineers Canada staff who have a “need to know” any such personal information.
X. OPENNESS, ACCOUNTABILITY AND COMPLIANCE
Engineers Canada is dedicated to implementing the principles described in this Policy, and to ensuring that stakeholders, including government, the general public, and the engineering regulators - their officers, staff, and members - are aware of Engineers Canada’s privacy practices.
On an annual basis, Engineers Canada’s Legal Counsel will review the Policy and monitor compliance it.
Persons wishing to access their personal information, or with any questions about this Policy, may contact Engineers Canada in writing:
300 – 55 Metcalfe Street,
Ottawa ON K1P 6L5
If a person’s concerns are not resolved by Engineers Canada to their complete satisfaction, they are encouraged to contact the Federal Privacy Commissioner.