“The objective is to cut processing times in half for these admission applications and increase the engineer’s permit acquisition rate, while maintaining rigorous admission criteria. Several initiatives to improve ITP integration have been implemented in recent years, but the OIQ would like to go further by developing a more personalized approach to evaluating applications, such as by taking greater consideration of candidates' work experience," commented Kathy Baig, Eng., FEC, MBA, President of the OIQ, during the major meeting ("Grande rencontre") held by the OPQ in Quebec City today to discuss access to regulated professions, at the request of the government.
In the interest of fostering better assistance for ITPs, the OIQ would also like to work more closely with organizations that offer support to immigrants. For that purpose, the OIQ will hold a meeting with various community organizations on October 26 as part of Québec’s 2017 intercultural meetings week.
Out of Québec’s 46 professional orders, the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec is the one that receives and accepts the most admission applications from internationally trained professionals. In 2015-2016, over 20% of the 2,692 permits issued as a result of recognized diploma or training equivalence by all 46 professional orders were awarded by the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. Currently, over 12% of the 63,000 OIQ members were trained outside Québec.