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Are all people with a Bachelor of Engineering automatically engineers?

No. To practice engineering in Quebec and use the reserved title of “engineer” (Eng.), you must hold a permit in good standing and be registered on the roll of the OIQ. In addition, the admission and licensing process differs if the person obtained their engineering degree in Quebec, in another Canadian province, or abroad.
By law, the OIQ also requires its members to have appropriate knowledge of French before it issues the permit to practice, although certain exceptions may apply for temporary permits.

The Pathway to becoming an engineer in Quebec
The page Practicing engineering in Quebec, with details on the language requirements.

How does the OIQ protect me?

The OIQ has set up various mechanisms to protect the public.

You can

  • Check whether an engineer can legally practice the profession in Quebec, by consulting the members’ directory.
  • Check whether a member is the subject of rulings or judgments that affect or limit their right to practice.
  • Report or file a complaint in the event of fraudulent practice or doubt as to the competence of an engineer.


To guarantee the public’s confidence and its members’ competence, the OIQ updates its processes to ensure the development of the engineering profession.


Why do forest engineers have their own order?

Forestry engineering has its own order, the Ordre des ingénieurs forestiers du Québec (OIFQ). The main reason is related to training. Indeed, the curriculum of the three bachelor’s degrees offered to those wishing to practice forestry engineering is not the same as the curriculum required by the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.
For more information on the training of forest engineers, visit the Ordre des ingénieurs forestiers website.


The page with the steps to become an engineer in Quebec
The page Professional admission program (PAP)
The website of the Ordre des ingénieurs forestiers du Québec

Why do we have an order for engineers?

The work of engineers directly influences many areas of your life. If this work is not done correctly, the consequences can be severe.

The OIQ is responsible for supervising and monitoring professional activities to ensure that each engineer has the training and skills required to practice their profession in accordance with the four central values of engineering: competence, responsibility, ethics, and social commitment.

The OIQ is responsible for the following:

  • Admission of members
  • Support and supervision of members
  • Monitoring illegal practice
  • Improvement of the profession’s practice
  • Prevention in engineering
  • Enhancement of the profession’s values

The OIQ also ensures that obligations related to ethics and professional practice are respected.


What do engineers really do?

Engineering is a challenging field that attempts to balance economic development, social progress, public protection, and ethical considerations such as environmental protection. Engineers propose solutions that meet both the needs and constraints of a project.


What can I do if I am dissatisfied with the services of a member of the OIQ?

Start by checking to see if the person in question is a member of the OIQ by consulting the members’’ directory. If you cannot find them, contact us, and we will assist you in your search. However, if, after verification, it turns out that the person is a member of the OIQ, we invite you to file a report so that you can send us your concerns quickly and easily.


I can’t find an engineer in the desired field, or I’m not satisfied with my research. What should I do?

The OIQ is responsible for protecting the public, particularly by controlling access to the profession. If you are looking for an engineer, the first thing to do is to consult the directory of members of the OIQ or the Ordre des ingénieurs forestiers du Québec.

If you are looking for a consulting engineering firm to help you, you can consult the list of members of the Association des firmes de génie-conseil du Québec. You can search by field or practice. (Please note that this list is not under the supervision of the OIQ.)

If you aren’t sure what type of engineer you are really looking for? Check our webpage, which lists the most popular engineering fields.


I need the services of an engineer, but I don’t know in what field. How can I find out more?

Members of the OIQ work in more than 30 different engineering fields. You can familiarize yourself with the different specialties by consulting the webpage listing the different fields of engineering. You should get a better idea of the specifics of each field.

Do you have the name of an engineer and want to know their field of practice? The member’ directory is the tool you need!


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When will the OIQ awards be presented?

The OIQ awards will be presented during the Soirée de l’excellence en génie, an event held in Montreal on May 31, 2023. To review last year’s winners, you can read this article available in French: Retour sur la Soirée 2022

When can I expect to hear back about my submission?

In the spring of 2023, all applicants will receive an email from the OIQ indicating whether their candidacy has been selected. Three finalists will be announced in each category.

What is the deadline for submitting a nomination for the OIQ’s Annual Awards?

The deadline to submit a nomination for the Annual Awards is Thursday, December 1, 2022. To do so, you must send a completed form to the following address: [email protected]

Can I nominate myself for the OIQ’s Annual Awards?

Yes, you can submit your own nomination for the OIQ’s Annual Awards. It can also be submitted by a nominator, with your agreement. Please note that a member’s nomination cannot be submitted in more than one award category, either individually or as a project.

Are there any fees involved in submitting a nomination for the OIQ’s Annual Awards?

There is no fee to submit a nomination. However, finalists will be responsible for travel and accommodation expenses incurred to attend the Soirée de l’excellence en génie, during which the winners will be announced and the OIQ awards will be presented.

Are events open to people other than OIQ members?

The OIQ and its regional committees organize many events and activities each year throughout Quebec. The events and activities are primarily intended for the following people:

  • Members (e.g., the Annual Symposium or the Evening of Engineering Excellence).
  • The engineering student community (e.g., campus visits ).
  • International engineering graduates (e.g., information meetings).

For full details on our events and activities and to find out if you can attend, check our calendar.


I would like to be a sponsor of the OIQ or advertise at a specific event. How do you go about it?

We invite you to consult our Media section to learn more about our partnership and visibility offers and to contact the person in charge of the medias at the OIQ.


I would like to organize an activity jointly with the OIQ or invite a representative of the OIQ to an event. Who should I speak to?

Contact the person in charge to request a partnership with the OIQ on an event or to ask for the presence of a representative of the OIQ.


Where can I find a list of the OIQ’s activities and events?

The best way to stay informed about the OIQ’s activities is to consult its calendar. You can also consult the OIQ’s profile on Facebook and LinkedIn to find out about all our news and upcoming events.


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Does the OIQ take a position on specific issues?

The OIQ takes a position on current issues that affect the engineering profession. If you wish to have a comment on a specific topic, you must contact the person in charge of the media at the OIQ.


I want to have the President of the OIQ for an interview, a conference, an event, or as a spokesperson. How do I make a request?

All media requests must be sent to the person in charge of the media at the OIQ.


I am looking for someone to speak on behalf of the OIQ for an interview, a program, etc. Whom should I ask?

All media requests must be sent to the person in charge of the media at the OIQ.


I want to understand the OIQ, its history, and its mission better. Where can I find the most up-to-date information?

You can consult our complete section on the OIQ, which details, among other things, our mission and vision, as well as our history.

You can also download our Media Kit.


I want to see the OIQ’s press releases. Where are they?

Go to the “Press Releases” category in the Publications section (in French). You’ll find all of our news releases, both past and present. You can also use the search engine to find a press release or publication by name, date, subject, etc.


I want to talk to a media representative right away. How do you go about it?

The OIQ has a public affairs advisor available to answer your questions quickly who will also assist you with your media needs.


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