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National Engineering Guidelines

What are national guidelines and model guides?

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

A guideline is a document 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.

Why do national guidelines and model guides 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 and model guides


Continuing professional development

Discipline and enforcement


Environment and sustainability



Engineers Canada’s national guidelines and model guides were developed by professional 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 do not establish a legal standard of care or conduct, and they do not include or constitute legal or professional advice.   

In Canada, professional engineering is regulated under provincial and territorial law by the engineering regulators. The recommendations contained in the national guidelines 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.  

For more information

For more information contact Mélanie Ouellette, Manager, Qualifications at