The future existance of PEO Chapters is uncertain. There is a very real possibility that local chapters – including the Grand River Chapter – may be closed, and the work of the PEO consolodated to a new central orgnazation. With your help, we would like to turn this uncertainty into opportunity.

Background

In September 2018, PEO’s Council approved a motion to have an external regulatory performance review conducted to identify any gaps between PEO’s current practices and the process, procedures and policies exhibited by the best regulators.

The review assessed PEO’s performance against its statutory mandate and legislative requirements, internal policies and the standards of good regulation across its core regulatory functions:

  1. Licensing and registration
  2. Complaints, discipline, compliance and enforcement; and
  3. Professional standards.

The final report and action plan can be viewed here: https://www.peo.on.ca/latest-news/external-regulatory-performance-review

The review found that the PEO meets or partially meets some, but not all of these standards. Some of the findings and recommendations imply significant changes to the overall structure and function of the PEO, and by extension, its Chapters. In fact, the review examined the role of the PEO’s 36 Chapters in detail, concluding;

“As can be understood from PEO’s own description of their role, Chapters have no regulatory functions themselves although PEO’s current strategy envisages a wider regulatory role. They provide networking and social opportunities for engineers and no doubt a useful social function on promoting education about and awareness of engineering. They also act as a recruiting ground for volunteers to serve on PEO’s numerous committees some of which of course do have a significant role in its activities as a regulator.” [3.21, PEO Review Report]

“According to the accounts for 2018 PEO spent $817,000 supporting the Chapters, $726,000 on volunteer expenses and $141,000 on awards.[…] The engineers who pay for a PEO licence should expect it to be efficient and effective as a regulator.” [3.38-3.39, PEO Review Report]

If the Council is to remedy the weaknesses in its performance as a regulator identified in this review it will need to redirect its resources very substantially towards professionalizing its regulatory processes and procedures and reducing its reliance on volunteers.” [5.19, PEO Review Report]

The review ultimately made 15 recommendations, including;

“Recommendation 3: PEO should consider if its Chapters are either necessary or desirable in delivering its functions as a regulator and should redirect its financial support for them to its core regulatory functions and activities.” [6.2, PEO Review Report]

The PEO adopted all 15 recommendations, including this action to determine if Chapters are in fact necessary and desirable.

As a chapter we have 2 options;

Status Quo

  • Continue to function as we have
  • Focus on engagement with members
  • “Wait and see” until directed by PEO

Future Quo

  • Change our priorities to align with new PEO vision
  • Provide PEO core functions at local level
  • Re-focus on professional regulation
  • Develop new Chapter action plan that mirrors elements of the PEO action plan

We believe that professional engineers and EIT’s throughout the province have the desire and ability to play an active role in maintaining the self-regulatory status of the profession. We believe strongly that local Chapters – including the 5500 members of the Grand River Chapter – should have a voice and the opportunity to participate in what will certainly be an evolution of the PEO over the next several years.

PEO Future Actions We Can Support Locally

The process for application for a professional engineering license should be simplified and sped up [PEO Action 5]

  • Grand River Chapter can support local applicants through PEO licensure assistance program

PEO should establish a formal process for keeping engineering standards up to date and relevant to contemporary practice in all the fields of engineering that it aims to regulate. PEO should engage fully with setting standards as well as with guidance. [PEO Action 9]

  • We can contribute to the identification, development and review of standards applicable to  engineering practice in the Grand River region

PEO should revise its PEAK program to ensure it is proportionate and outcome focused and achievable by licensed engineers. It should then make participation in this CPD program mandatory for licensed engineers [PEO Action 10]

  • Members want to access professional engineering locally, and our Chapter can help facilitate the PEAK program initiative for Grand River Chapter members.

Guiding Principles for New Chapter Structure

We have set three guiding principles for ourselves;

3 Value Principles

Member Survey

We want to hear from you!

Please help us shape our future as a Chapter by completing this 5-minute survey: https://forms.gle/sHXsKm3Kw2ovxMfz7