Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy

Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy

February 09, 2010 12:15 ET

OCEPP, CLP Chosen to Lead Engineering Policy Research

Centres to help develop Canada-wide engineering licensing system

Attention: Assignment Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 9, 2010) - The Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy (OCEPP) and the Centre for the Legal Profession (CLP) at the University of Toronto have been chosen by Engineers Canada to provide policy advice regarding the creation of a new licensing framework for engineers in Canada.

"Our centre is thrilled to help lead this critical research," notes Dr. Donald Wallace, OCEPP's executive director. "We have done research on engineering and public policy issues and have forged strong, effective ties with other professional organizations in fields such as law and accounting." A key goal of the research will be to help ensure a legislative model that streamlines processes and empowers regulators to put legislation into action.

"This project represents a valuable opportunity for the Centre for the Legal Profession to explore how best to ensure regulatory laws serve the public interest, and to contribute to enhancing the culture of professionalism within engineering," states Lorne Sossin, a professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto and CLP's academic director.

At present, Canada's engineers are regulated by individual bodies in each province and territory. As a result, engineering standards, licences, assessment processes and other professional matters can-and do-vary from coast to coast. The main focus of this project is to provide advice to Engineers Canada on how to best align the various provincial and territorial engineering practices into a single framework that governs the entire country. Ultimately, Canada will have one consistent set of licensing and regulation standards for engineers, regardless of their home province or territory. Most importantly, a single, national set of regulations will strengthen engineering practices and further protect the public interest. As well, engineers who are licensed in Canada will be able to practise in any part of the country.

Wallace and Sossin are the project's principal investigators and they will be assisted by a team of research associates. The research team will complete its work by the end of March.

About the Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy
The Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy is the only institute of its kind in Canada and it is committed to bringing the voice of Ontario's 79,000 professional engineers and interns into public policy and to helping safeguard the public interest. The centre focuses on specific areas of research including smart infrastructure, tomorrow's energy solutions, healthy communities, and a new generation of engineering talent. OCEPP publishes The Journal of Policy Engagement six times a year. As well, the centre actively reaches out to members of the engineering profession, the academic community, policy-makers, opinion leaders and others interested in advancing the public interest. OCEPP was founded in June 2008.

About the Centre for the Legal Profession
CLP's goal is to broaden and deepen the understanding of professionalism, ethics and public service in law, and the relationship between them through collaborative projects with the Law Society of Upper Canada and other legal organizations, the courts, law schools and universities across Canada and abroad, and other public interest organizations.

As a gathering place for leading voices from the spheres of the academic, private practice, judicial and public interest communities, the centre seeks to forge a stronger link between the study, practice and implications of law. The centre contributes to the profession by acting as a clearing house for information, articles and news items, by hosting workshops and conferences, and by developing original training and education programs and resources, relating to ethics, professionalism and public service. /For further information: Donald Wallace, Executive Director, 416-840-1078, dwallace@ocepp.ca; Catherine Shearer-Kudel, Business Manager, 416-224-1100, ext. 1204, cshearerkudel@ocepp.ca; or Professor Lorne Sossin, Academic Director, Centre for the Legal Profession,
416-946-8229, lorne.sossin@utoronto.ca.

Contact Information

  • Donald Wallace, Executive Director, Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy
    Primary Phone: 416-840-1078
    E-mail: dwallace@ocepp.ca