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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?

  • Climate Change Engineers Canada encourages governments to require climate change vulnerability assessments on projects involving new construction or refurbishment. 
  • Diversity and Inclusion The engineering profession believes that it should be reflective of the diversity in Canadian society. 
  • Federally Regulated Industries  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
  • 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 Sound core public infrastructure ensures public safety and supports economic prosperity.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Qualified Person vs Licensed Engineer - In Canada, the terms “professional engineer” and “engineer” are restricted by provincial law. 
  • Qualifications-Based Selection In the interest of public safety and to maximize the value of capital investments, companies and governments should adopt policies requiring that qualifications-based selection be used for the procurement of engineering services. 
  • 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.
  • Research and Development and Innovation Spending Engineers Canada supports collaboration between the engineering profession and the federal government in research and development and innovation.
  • Regulating the Profession Self-regulation of the engineering profession protects and enhances public health, safety, welfare, and the environment for all Canadians.
  • 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.



  • 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.

For more information

For more information contact Joey Taylor, Practice Lead, Public Affairs at