Canada’s engineering profession is regulated at the provincial and territorial level. Professional engineers in Canada enjoy full mobility between these jurisdictions under the federal government’s Agreement on Internal Trade. This agreement, which has been ratified and is now law in all provinces and territories, enables any worker qualified for an occupation in one part of Canada to have access to employment opportunities within that occupation in any other province or territory. For professional engineers, this means that those who are licensed and in good standing in one province or territory can easily become licensed in another jurisdiction.
The Agreement supersedes the Inter-Association Mobility Agreement, which was negotiated by Engineers Canada and first signed by all of the constituent associations in June 1999. One of the first of its kind among regulated professions in Canada, the Inter-Association Mobility Agreement allowed engineers who were licensed in one jurisdiction in Canada to obtain a full license in another jurisdiction in Canada with relative ease.
On behalf of Engineers Canada, the Canadian Engineering Qualifications Board conducts an annual survey and reports on the national mobility of professional engineers. Since 1999, over 23,000 engineers have applied for licensure in a new jurisdiction.