What role does diversity play in the engineering profession?
Canada has a strong demand for engineering now and well into the future. Engineers Canada is working with the provincial and territorial engineering regulators to ensure that the engineering profession reflects the demographics of Canadian society and continues to meet the needs of the Canadian economy.
Diversity in engineering means engaging the best minds of the profession, which includes women, Indigenous peoples and internationally educated professionals. Increased diversity and inclusivity within the engineering workforce provides significant benefits to Canadians by delivering a solution to overcoming skills shortages, increased innovation capacity and a greater return on human resource investment. It will ensure the sustainability of the profession and its ability to understand the public it serves.
Engineers Canada’s Strategy for a Sustainable Profession
Engineers Canada’s diversity and inclusivity work is driven by its Strategy for a Sustainable Profession. This Strategy entails building partnerships and relationships to deliver relevant activities, services and initiatives for individuals at various stages of their engineering career—from first finding their love for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects, to choosing to study engineering at the university level, to continuing on the path to earn their engineering license, and to ensuring that they remain within the profession to become an experienced engineer and an engineering leader.
Engineers Canada’s work on the Strategy for a Sustainable Profession is done in consultation with Engineers Canada’s Sustainable Profession Committee. Comprised of professional with subject expertise in relevant areas, the Committee’s key goals are to provide guidance on the Strategy and to advise on the implementation of programs for women, Indigenous peoples, newcomers and the profession as a whole.
For more information about the Committee’s work, refer to the committee listings.