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Annual professional development now mandatory for Ontario engineers

Annual professional development now mandatory for Ontario engineers

TORONTO—Beginning in January 2023, Ontario engineers will be required to participate in a mandatory professional development program each year to maintain their licence.

The obligation follows approval of Ontario Regulation 353/22 by the council of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) on April 8 and by the Ontario Cabinet on April 19, stated a release.

The new regulation permits PEO to impose consequences on its licence holders for non-compliance with its professional development program. The consequences include administrative suspensions in certain circumstances.

“Implementing a mandatory professional development program is an important part of upholding PEO’s regulatory mandate and affirms to the profession, our stakeholders and the public that PEO is committed to establishing, maintaining and enhancing standards of engineering practice in Ontario,” stated PEO president Christian Bellini in a statement.

The mandatory program will be based on PEO’s current, optional Professional Evaluation and Knowledge program, which was introduced in March 2017.

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