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Professional Engineers Ontario tightens rules for reinstating licences

Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) has changed its rules for reinstating the licences of professional engineers. ...


Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) has changed its rules for reinstating the licences of professional engineers. Regulation 941 affects engineers who have resigned their licences and those who have had their licenses cancelled because of non-payment of fees.
Whereas previously all these individuals had to pay the same reinstatement fee and provide character references, the new regulation will differentiate between those who are seeking reinstatement for less than 90 days (who must pay $50 plus the licence fee), and others who have waited much longer.
For example, those whose licences have been cancelled for more than two years must request a reinstatement letter from PEO, pay a $460 reinstatement fee and other charges, and must submit an application to PEO with the names and addresses of two character references. They will also be assessed by a committee to ensure their experience meets requirements and to ensure that their knowledge of current codes and practices is up to date.
Those who have resigned their licences as opposed to having them cancelled have similar — though slightly less onerous — procedures to go through for reinstatement.
Full details are given in a brochure entitled “Reinstatement Requirements – An Information Guide,” at www.peo.on.ca
PEO is also studying an overhaul of its entire licensing process. They are considering introducing a “Comprehensive Licensing Process” that may include designations such as design specialists. There could also be new tiers for students, graduate members and internship members.