To be a world-class regulator, PEO Council recognized the importance of government hearing our voice as a regulator for more than 73,000 professional engineers, and in 2005 the Government Liaison Program was created.
The program positions PEO on the same side of the table with government to solve public interest issues related to professional engineering. We want to make available our talent to solve public interest issues and participate in the formation of good public policy.
A licence to practice professional engineering in Ontario is a commitment that holds the practitioner accountable to the public and the profession.
PEO needs to use its province wide strength to get the message across to all levels of government.
Integrated into PEO chapter operations, the Government Liaison Program engages members in a number of initiatives through a comprehensive three-pronged approach:
- Facilitating strong, on-going relationships between chapter members and their local MPPs
- Actively monitoring and taking action on policy proposals and upcoming legislation that could affect PEO and the Professional Engineers Act
- Providing communications & policy support to express PEO policy positions to government policy makers
Ultimately, the long term desire is that involvement in the Government Liaison Program sparks the interest of more engineers to hold public office and have the profession’s voice represented directly at the decision-making table.
On-going relationships have been established with some of our MPPs, especially around new licence certificate presentations and policy discussions. The following four ridings are in the East Toronto Chapter catchments area and MPPs: