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How Canada’s engineering regulators have responded to COVID-19

2020.03.26

With organizations across the country heading the guidance of health agencies to close their offices and increase physical distancing, here are the changes that Canada’s engineering regulators have made in order to continue delivering core services. Please note, this is a rapidly evolving issue and the accuracy of the information below cannot be guaranteed. For the most up-to-date information please visit each regulator’s website.

Engineers and Geoscientists BC

  • The Engineers and Geoscientists BC office is temporarily closed and staff are working remotely.
  • Where possible, they will continue with planned meetings using video and teleconference tools.
  • If you have questions about scheduled meetings, please contact the meeting organizer directly.
  • At this time, the 2020 Annual Conference and AGM in October will continue as planned. That may change in the future and readers should monitor Engineers and Geoscientists BC for updates.
  • If you have questions about a practice-related matter, including how to use digital seals and signatures, please contact a Practice Advisor at practiceadvisor@egbc.ca.

More information: https://www.egbc.ca/About/Response-to-COVID-19

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Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)

  • The APEGA office is temporarily closed and staff are working remotely.
  • All APEGA events that have been scheduled through March and into April have been updated in response to COVID-19, including the AGM, Summit Awards, and PD Conference. Unless otherwise stated, these events have been postponed and may be rescheduled at a later date. See the COVID-19 updates page for specific details.
  • Regulatory events such as Permit-to-Practice Seminars and Practice Standards consultation sessions are being assessed for online delivery. If you were already registered for one of these events, you will be emailed directly with further information.
  • APEGA examination programs have been disrupted. The APEGA Examinations team will be communicating directly with those candidates impacted for each exam program.

More information: https://www.apega.ca/covid-19

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Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba

  • Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba has implemented a ‘no visitors’ policy at 870 Pembina Hwy. All committee and task group meetings will be held remotely until further notice.
  • Please contact the chair of your committee or task group directly for more information. Staff remain available via email and telephone.
  • All upcoming member-facing events and activities are cancelled or postponed. More information can be found on the event calendar.

More information: http://www.enggeomb.ca/News.html#354

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Engineers and Geoscientists New Brunswick

  • The Engineers and Geoscientists New Brunswick office is closed to visitors.
  • The 2020 Celebration event has been rescheduled to October 23, 2020.

More information: https://www.apegnb.com/

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Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS)

  • The APEGS office is closed to the public. Most staff are working remotely and will not be workingat the APEGS office.
  • In exceptional circumstances, staff members may meet with visitors who have pre-arranged an appointment. All visitors must submit a questionnaire to assess risks of COVID-19 transmission.
  • APEGS events including the MLA reception, Council meeting, law and ethics seminar and annual meeting and associated events have been cancelled, rescheduled or are being delivered by alternative means. Information will be provided directly to members and registrants for these events.

More information: https://www.apegs.ca/

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Engineers Nova Scotia

  • The Engineers Nova Scotia office is closed to visitors until March 29, and possibly longer. Employees who can execute their duties from home will be encouraged to work remotely.
  • Walk-in appointments will not be possible during this period; any critical business with member or applicants will be done through email.
  • For members, many activities such as reporting CPD or dues payment can be completed through our Member and Company area at https://engineersnovascotia.ca/member-area/
  • For our volunteers, all critical regulatory meetings will be conducted virtually through teleconference or videoconference.  The staff responsible to coordinate any of our committee meetings will provide updates via email.
  • Engineers Nova Scotia will postpone or cancel all networking and professional development events through to April, including all remaining National Engineering Month activities throughout the province. On April 7, Engineers Nova Scotia will revisit the status of networking and professional development events planned for May and beyond.
  • In light of cancellations, the regulator is encouraging online informal education opportunities and has provided resources at https://engineersnovascotia.ca/pd-program/informal-ed/  

More information: https://engineersnovascotia.ca

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Engineers PEI

  • The Engineers PEI office is closed to visitors until April 6, 2020. Any critical business activities with visitors during this period will be conducted through email or virtual meetings (teleconference or videoconference).
  • All planned activities between March 17 and April 6 will be postponed or cancelled, This includes networking or social events, professional development, and non-critical committee meetings.
  • Critical activities planned for after April 14th will be re-evaluated on April 6. All non-critical committee meetings will be postponed.

More information: http://www.engineerspei.com/

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Engineers Yukon

  • The Engineers Yukon office is temporarily closed, and staff are working remotely.
  • At this time, Engineers Yukon will be doing as much as possible to maintain core operations. however, response times may be slower than usual given the extreme circumstances.
  • All in-person meetings are postponed or cancelled. This includes all committee meetings, regular council meetings, and attendance at any national or Engineers Canada events or meetings. Where necessary to fulfill core operations, council and essential committees will continue to consider information, discuss and vote by electronic means.
  • Until further notice, Engineers Yukon will be postponing all public events, including all in-person continuing professional development activities and outreach activities.

More information: https://www.apey.yk.ca/

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Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (NAPEG)

  • The NAPEG office is temporarily closed and staff are working remotely.
  • For 2020 renewals, use the members only portal to log into your account and renew your license to practice for 2020.

More information: https://www.napeg.nt.ca/

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Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ)

  • The OIQ office is temporarily closed and staff are working remotely.
  • The following events have been cancelled:
    • The Annual Conference on April 7 and 8, 2020;
    • The Soirée de l’excellence on May 27, 2020;
    • The Annual General Meeting on June 11, 2020.
  • All applications for admission are now processed electronically.
    • All documents should be sent by e-mail to: sac@oiq.qc.ca.
    • The rules have been relaxed regarding original documents or certified copies: you should send us a scan of the document or a photograph of it.
    • Only payments by Mastercard or Visa credit card are accepted.

More information: http://oiq.qc.ca/fr/jeSuis/public/Pages/covid-19.aspx

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Professional engineers & Geoscientists Newfoundland & Labrador

  • The PEGNL offices are temporarily closed and staff are working remotely.
  • All National Engineering and Geoscience Month and Connections East events have been cancelled or postponed, with the exception of the Virtual Scavenger Hunt, which students can do from home.
  • Regulatory functions (e.g. board elections, annual general meeting, etc.) will take place in a manner appropriate to the circumstances. More details will be coming.

More information: http://www.pegnl.ca/

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Professional Engineers Ontario

  • The PEO office is closed until April 6 and staff are working remotely.
  • The March 28 sitting of PEO’s Professional Practice Exam has been cancelled at all locations in the province. Information on future exam sittings will be posted on the PEO website as it becomes available
  • PEO will extend your time accordingly if this sitting was your final opportunity to complete the PPE.
  • The March 20, 2020, meeting of PEO Council was reconfigured to a virtual meeting.
  • PEO will be reconfiguring its 2020 Annual General Meeting and 533rd meeting of Council into virtual events and indefinitely postposing or cancelling the associated events scheduled to take place in Ottawa on April 24-25. Specifically:
    • Reconfiguring the annual general meeting and 533rd meeting of Council on April 25 into virtual meetings on the same date or as soon thereafter as is practicable.
    • Cancelling the AGM keynote luncheon on April 25.
    • Postponing indefinitely or cancelling the Volunteer Leadership Conference on April 24.
    • Postponing indefinitely or cancelling the Order of Honour awards gala on April 24.

More information: https://www.peo.on.ca/

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