In late summer, Engineers Canada submitted recommendations to the federal government in response to two separate consultations—the House of Commons Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs’ study on community capacity building and retention of talent in Indigenous communities, and Global Affairs Canada’s request for input on the possible accession of new members to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
Engineers Canada’s submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs summarizes the work that Engineers Canada has done to integrate Indigenous knowledge in the engineering profession, including working collaboratively with Indigenous communities and Indigenous leaders to strengthen Indigenous knowledge in engineering projects and climate resiliency assessments.
The submission also outlines the work the engineering profession is doing to attract and retain Indigenous people in the engineering profession, including Indigenous access programs at post-secondary institutions. The submission calls on the federal government to support these engineering access programs for Indigenous people across Canada by collaborating with the engineering profession, Indigenous communities, and post-secondary institutions.
On August 22, 2019, Engineers Canada also submitted its comments to Global Affairs Canada on the CPTPP, supporting the importance of the international mobility of engineers, but cautioning that licensure and the regulation of engineering continue to be paramount.
“While the international mobility of engineers should be facilitated so that Canada can leverage the benefits of the globalization of engineering services, it is also essential that licensure and the regulation of engineers operate effectively to maintain the high ethics, qualifications, and practice standards that define the engineering profession in Canada,” the letter read.
“The public must continue to be confident that professional engineers, regardless of where they received their degree or their work experience, have the right education and skills to practise engineering in Canada with competence and integrity.”