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PEO marks centenary with reform initiatives

PEO marks centenary with reform initiatives

TORONTO – Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) has announced progress on a series of regulatory reforms to governing the profession as it marks the 100th anniversary of its founding.

“This is a proud moment for PEO,” said president Nick Colucci in a June 14 release. “As we pause to reflect on this wonderful accomplishment, we recognize the need to continuously evolve as a regulator to ensure we effectively fulfil our legislative mandate for the next 100 years.”

The reform initiatives are intended to help PEO to become a more “modern, enlightened and responsive regulator.”

The efforts began in 2018 with an independent review of PEO’s regulatory performance, which has led the creation of an action plan to address the recommendations from the review and a two-year governance roadmap to improve governance effectiveness.

PEO has introduced a digital National Professional Practice Exam as part of the licensing process, and conducted an anti-racism and anti-discrimination review that addressed the PEO as a regulator, employer and organization. PEO subsequent adopted an Anti-Discrimination and Equity Code that codifies PEO’s fairness, human rights and public interest obligations.

Other initiatives have included a gender audit of PEO’s licensing process and internal operations, and the planned implementation, in January 2023, of a mandatory continuing professional development program for all PEO licence holders.

“We are unwavering in our commitment to enhancing all our public protection activities including our licensing, complaints and discipline processes, establishing performance guidelines and standards, and taking action against unlicensed individuals who illegally describe themselves as engineers,” said Colucci.

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