What are national guidelines, model guides, and white papers?
National guidelines and model guides are recommendations for the provincial and territorial engineering regulatory bodies and the public on:
- professional requirements
- programs for members of the provincial and territorial engineering regulatory bodies
- assessment tools for international graduates
Guidelines are documents addressing a single subject relevant to engineering in Canada. Guidelines outline general guiding principles which have a broad basis of consensus among regulators. They provide guidance to the engineering regulators and also to individual engineers on various subjects and are intended to be detailed descriptions of best practices. A guideline may include both current practices and also agreed goals which are not yet achieved by some or all of the regulators.
Model guides are documents generally prepared for the regulators to use as a draft in creating their own guidelines. They are meant to be edited by each regulator to suit their individual circumstance and legislation. They are developed when a single Guideline would contain information and/or statements that are not universally applicable to all regulators. They sometimes explain current and recommended policies and best practices and exist to help the regulators use consistent practices. They are intended for distribution to the regulatory bodies, and can be publicly available or be posted on the members-only section of the Engineers Canada website.
White papers are produced for regulators with the intent to inform them concisely about a complex issue and present a stance on the matter. They are intended for distribution to the regulatory bodies, and can be publicly available or be posted on the members-only section of the Engineers Canada website.
Why do national guidelines, model guides, and white papers exist?
- To help the provincial and territorial engineering regulatory bodies use consistent practices
- To provide information to the public on aspects of the engineering profession
- To assist individuals practising engineering
National guidelines, model guides, and white papers
Continuing professional development
- Continuing professional development and continuing competence for professional engineers (under review)
- Step-by-step guide for the preparation and implementation of an individual continuing professional development plan
Discipline and enforcement
- Code of ethics
- Concepts of professionalism for engineers (under review)
- Conflict of interest
- Good character
- Principles for character investigations
- Professional practice in software engineering
- Assuming responsibility for the work of engineers-in-training
- Direct supervision (under review)
- Engineer-in-training program
- Implementing mentoring programs (under review)
- Mentoring programs
Environment and sustainability
- Principles of climate change adaptation for professional engineers (under review)
- Site remediation for professional engineers
- Sustainable development and environmental stewardship for professional engineers
- Authentication of engineering documents (under review)
- Practice of engineering in Canada
- Professional practice examination
- Risk management
Engineers Canada’s national guidelines, model guides, and white papers were developed by engineers in collaboration with the provincial and territorial engineering regulators. They are intended to promote consistent practices across the country. They are not regulations or rules; they seek to define or explain discrete topics related to the practice and regulation of professional engineering in Canada.
The national guidelines, model guides, and white papers do not establish a legal standard of care or conduct, and they do not include or constitute legal or professional advice.
In Canada, engineering is regulated under provincial and territorial law by the engineering regulators. The recommendations contained in the national guidelines, model guides, and white papers may be adopted by the engineering regulators in whole, in part, or not at all. The ultimate authority regarding the propriety of any specific practice or course of conduct lies with the engineering regulator in the province or territory where the engineer works, or intends to work.