Engineering is a regulated profession in Canada and you need a licence to work as a professional engineer. You cannot call yourself a professional engineer, use the professional designation (P.Eng.) or carry out engineering work in Canada unless you have a license.
Each province and territory of Canada has its own regulatory structure to licence engineers, and to govern the practice of engineering and integrating skilled immigrants.
Engineers Canada is the national organization for the 12 provincial and territorial associations that regulate the practice of engineering in Canada.
We have prepared a Pre-Arrival Checklist of valuable information that will make arriving in Canada as smooth a process as possible.
You need to apply directly to the appropriate provincial regulatory authority to become licensed as an engineer in Canada.
Before you immigrate
There are steps that you can take before you immigrate to improve your chances of practicing your profession in Canada:
- Attend the Know Before You Go Webinar Series to learn more about life in Canada.
- Research how your international qualifications may be viewed in Canada and get a general sense of the Canadian labour market.
- Contact the Canadian diplomatic mission closest to you to find out about the employment requirements for the engineering occupation in Canada.
- Contact the regulatory association mandated with regulating engineers in the province where you will settle in Canada. Find out about the procedure to follow to obtain an Engineer’s permit and what steps in the licensing process that you can take before and after you immigrate.
- You will need to prove your English or French (depending on your destination province).
- language competency or be tested. Even if you’re a good speaker of English or French, it’s helpful to improve your language skills and enroll in language classes while you are in your home country and continue them after moving to Canada.
- Assess your language skills by taking an online self-assessment on the Canadian Language Benchmarks website.
- Gather and organize your official education, work and identity documents while still in your home country. Check with your provincial or territorial regulatory body to find out what documents you need to bring, Verify if the documents need to be translated. You may need to use a professional translation service in Canada.
- Understand how your profession is practiced in Canada and familiarize yourself with the laws and legislation that governs your profession in the province where you will settle.
- Know the name of your job in Canada and make a list of potential employers.
- Find out how to get a driver’s license in Canada and apply for it right after you land. It will be useful to have when you get a job, or even to search for a job.