What are national guidelines and Engineers Canada papers?

The national guidelines and Engineers Canada papers serve the needs of regulators, engineering licence holders, and applicants for licensure by enabling the assessment of engineering qualifications, fostering excellence in engineering practice and regulation, and facilitating mobility.

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. 

Engineers Canada 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 are publicly available on the Engineers Canada website.

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Engineers Canada’s national guidelines and Engineers Canada 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, and Engineers Canada 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, and Engineers Canada 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. 

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