Engineers require a licence in each province or territory where they intend to practise. For information on how to obtain a license, read Overview of the licensing process.
The Canadian Free Trade Agreement states that engineers licensed in one province or territory, “have to be recognized as qualified to work by a regulatory body in another province or territory which regulates that occupation, without having to go through significant additional training, work experience, examination or assessment, unless an exception has been posted.” This is important for labour mobility and to ensure that engineering skills and knowledge are available throughout the country.
Engineering regulators are responsible for licensing engineers in each province and territory. This applies to anyone looking to practice, including:
- engineering graduates
- internationally trained engineers applying for a licence in Canada for the first time, and
- engineers licensed in one province or territory who wish to apply for a licence in another province or territory.
What to expect
If you hold a licence in Canada and are applying to another Canadian jurisdiction, the regulator will require an application for licensure and payment of a fee. Most also require an outline of professional experience (resume), and a confirmation of good character (references).
The regulator will then contact the other jurisdictions where you are currently licensed to verify good standing as a licensed engineer.
Some regulators require more specific documentation. It is best to consult with the regulator to confirm any other requirements.
Agreement on Internal Trade