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National Position Statements

What are Engineers Canada’s national position statements?

The engineering profession has positions on key issues relating to the public interest. These are consensus positions of the provincial and territorial engineering regulatory bodies of Engineers Canada.

Why does Engineers Canada have national position statements?

These statements:

  • represent the collective position of the engineering profession
  • influence public policy
  • facilitate discussion with government
  • provide information for our members and those of the engineering profession

What are the topics?

  • Artificial Intelligence Engineering Technology in Autonomous and Connected Vehicles The development of artifi­cial intelligence engineering technology in autonomous and connected vehicles requires the unbiased, evidence-based advice and professional expertise of engineers in Canada. 
  • Climate Change Engineers Canada encourages governments to require climate change vulnerability assessments on projects involving new construction or refurbishment. 
  • Confirmation of academic requirements Self-regulation of the engineering profession protects and enhances public health, safety, welfare, the economy, and the environment for all Canadians.
  • Diversity and Inclusion The engineering profession believes that it should be reflective of the diversity in Canadian society. 
  • Federally Regulated Industries and Demand-Side Legislation When professional engineering work is being done in Canada that work must be done by an engineer licensed in the province where the work is being completed.
  • Immigration and Foreign Qualifications Recognition Engineers Canada supports international mobility for qualified engineers and a transparent and open process for admission into the engineering profession in Canada.
  • Indigenous People’s Access to Post-Secondary Engineering Education Increasing the representation of Indigenous people in post-secondary engineering education provides significant benefits to Canadian society and the economy by increasing innovation, addressing skills shortages, and increasing diverse perspectives to solve complex problems.
  • Infrastructure on First Nation Reserves and in remote communities Essential infrastructure on First Nations Reserves and in remote communities, such as safe drinking water, access to stable sources of electricity, wastewater treatment, waste management, information technology, schools and housing, must be properly funded, built to industry standards and be climate resilient.
  • Infrastructure Well-designed, properly built, continually maintained, and efficient infrastructure is critical to public safety, quality of life, and a competitive economy.
  • Innovation and Productivity In this rapidly changing and highly competitive world, improvements to innovation and productivity must be a national priority.
  • National and International  Labour Mobility Improving labour mobility within the country ensures that the public can best utilize the expertise, abilities and experience of all engineers in Canada.
  • Principles for development of a regulatory regime for granting engineering technologists independent practice rights Principles for development of a regulatory regime for granting engineering technologists independent practice rights: The development of a regulatory regime for granting engineering technologists independent practice rights must incorporate all of the four principles stated herein.
  • Procurement - Engaging and consulting with licensed engineers, be they government employed engineers or consultants, is essential when ensuring that Canadians receive the best possible value from the federal government’s engineering related procurements of goods and services.
  • Professional Practice in Software Engineering Self-regulation of the engineering profession protects and enhances public health, safety, welfare, and the environment for all Canadians.
  • Qualifications of Those Presenting Expert Testimony to Federal Boards or Review Panels Providing expert engineering testimony to panels and boards under federal jurisdiction is the practice of engineering and those providing engineering testimony must be appropriately qualified and licensed to do so.
  • Qualifications-based Selection The procurement of services related to engineering works in the public sector is most often obtained through public tendering. Government purchases are driven by policies designed to ensure transparency and value.
  • Qualified Person vs Licensed Engineer In Canada, the terms “professional engineer” and “engineer” are restricted by provincial law. 
  • Regulation of Coastal, Ocean and Related Subsurface Engineering Engineers from all disciplines are integral to the exploration, discovery, testing, extraction, and distribution of offshore oil and gas. 
  • Regulating the Profession Self-regulation of the engineering profession protects and enhances public health, safety, welfare, and the environment for all Canadians.
  • Research and Development and Innovation Spending Engineers Canada supports collaboration between the engineering profession and the federal government in research and development and innovation.
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Government support of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education is key to ensuring that Canada  strives to maintain leadership in the provision of  STEM intellectual capital to the global market place.
  • STEM education research funding  Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education plays a central role in promoting Canada’s economic development and capacity to compete globally as well as increasing Canada’s prosperity and productivity.


  • Drinking Water Quality Providing guaranteed access to safe drinking water is an essential component for building safe, healthy communities and a necessary pre-condition for economic growth.
  • Education Funding Canada’s engineering schools need to have adequate funding in order to respond to the demand for education by qualified students seeking engineering degrees.
  • Emerging Technologies - Biotechnology Engineers Canada supports a regulatory framework for biotechnology that integrates social, ethical, health, economic, and environmental considerations within a public safety framework.

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