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    Questions and answers 

    1 – What are the new eligibility criteria?

    Members who wish to have retired status must:

    • hold an engineer’s permit, i.e. a regular permit and not an engineer-in-training permit, a junior engineer’s permit or a temporary restrictive permit;

    • be 62 years old or older;

    • be retired, which means that they have ceased their professional engineering activities (they may still earn an income, just not from engineering);  

    • agree not to practice engineering in the meaning of the Engineers Act, even for free;

    2 – How can I obtain retired status?

    To obtain the application form for a change of status, you must request it either during the annual registration process or outside the registration period, by filling out the following form.

    3 – When are the changes effective?

    The new eligibility criteria came into into force on April 1st 2018.

    4 – Will I be allowed to earn an income with the new retired status?

    You will still be allowed to earn an income, just not from engineering. There is no limit to the income you may earn from your non-engineering professional activities.

    5 – What does “professional engineering activities" mean either regards to the new criteria?

    It means:

    • activities that fall within the fields of the profession, in particular those that are stipulated in the Engineers Act and those that may be performed by an engineer pursuant to a law or a regulation (see the examples in question 6); as well as

    • activities in connection with the practice of the profession, such as:

      • management engineering contracts;
      • management engineering projects;
      • management engineering technical services;
      • business development for engineering services;
      • research and development in engineering;
      • building inspections, including pre-purchase inspections.
      • training of individuals involved in performing acts that fall within the fields of the engineering profession.
      • engineering teaching (at the university and CEGEP levels);
      • expert witness in matters relating to the practice of the profession;
      • committee member or working group with a mandate related to the practice of the profession.

    6 –What does “practicing the engineering profession” mean 

    Practicing the engineering profession means performing activities that fall within the fields of the profession, in particular the activities stipulated in the Engineers Act and those that may be performed by an engineer pursuant to a law or a regulation:
     
    Examples of activities stipulated in the Engineers Act:      

    - determining the design criteria of a drinking water distribution network
    -
    determining the gravitational forces of a building structure, all the way down to its foundations;
    - calculating the load of an electrical distribution network;
    - designing industrial equipment;
    - preparing an inspection and testing plan for an industrial process security system;

    Examples of activities that may be performed by an engineer pursuant to a law or a regulation:       

    - preparing and signing certificates of conformity for petroleum equipment installations or operations (Construction Code of Québec);
    - preparing a report for a gas or mining operation development activity (Geologists Act);
    - provinding certificates concerning land protection and rehabilitation (division IV.2.1 of the Environmental Quality Act);
    -performing a site and natural land characterization study for the treatment of waste water from isolated dwellings (Regulation respecting waste water disposal systems for isolated dwellings)

     

    7 – Will my membership dues remain the same?

    Your reinstatement fee will be 222.52$ for the 2019-2020 year. 

    8 – What are the turnaround times for obtaining the new retired status or processing my application?

    Your application will be processed within 48 to 72 hours of the receipt of the application form for a change of status.

    9 – Does the new status become effective when my application is accepted?

    The new status took place starting on April 1, 2018.

    10 – Will the exemption from continuing education still be available?

    The exemption from continuing education is still available to members who already have retired status on the OIQ’s roll.

    Members who are not eligible for retired status, but who do not practice the engineering profession and have ceased or reduced their professional engineering activities to less than 30 hours per week (less than 1,560 hours/year) due to their age, may be exempted from continuing education.

    11 – How can I be exempted from continuing education? 

    • Members requesting the retired member status: the waiver will automatically be granted to a member who obtains the retired status.
    • Members who are not eligible to obtain the retired member status: the application must be completed either during the annual registration or, if outside the annual registration period, by following these instructions .

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