MONTREAL, Dec. 12, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - In an effort to find the means to
fulfill its commitment to better protect the public, this afternoon the Board of Directors of the Ordre des ingénieurs du
Québec adopted by resolution a supplementary assessment for 2014-2015.
This measure, which was adopted under section 85.1 of the Professional
Code, will enable the OIQ to meet its disciplinary and professional
inspection obligations. This additional contribution will be invoiced
during the annual registration process that begins on February 1, 2014
and take effect on April 1, 2014.
"Reinforcing the disciplinary process is a key concern of the OIQ. To
complete inquiries within acceptable timeframes and bring the offending
engineers before the Disciplinary Council, measures have to be taken,
and they come with a price tag. This exceptional measure is intended to
respond to an exceptional crisis," explains Daniel Lebel, Eng., FEC,
PMP, President of the OIQ.
Resources and results: a preliminary assessment
The OIQ's Office of the Syndic, whose staff was increased to around
forty employees in 2013, has a key role in the efforts to strengthen
the disciplinary process. A special unit was created this year to
handle mainly 3C cases (collusion, corruption and illegal political
party contributions). This multidisciplinary team includes outside
resources (seasoned economic crime investigators) and current in-house
The unit's activities are yielding results. More than 550 3C inquiries
are now underway, including 140 involving collusion or corruption and
over 400 involving illegal political party contributions. To date,
approximately thirty 3C inquiries have led to complaints filed with the
5 complaints in connection with the Charbonneau Commission announced in
3 complaints involving a different type of scheme announced in November;
25 complaints involving illegal political party contributions.
The resources put in place will help speed up the process so that
complaints can be filed more quickly in 2014.
The OIQ's professional inspection program was revamped in 2013 to focus
more on engineers who work in the municipal sector and sectors related
to the construction of public infrastructures.
The OIQ is also taking action against illegal engineering practice. In
2013, 87 inquiries were opened on offences that ranged from unlawful
use of the title and misleading advertising to illegal practice and
misrepresentation. During 2013, 16 penal proceedings were instituted.
Increased training and prevention
At the same time, the OIQ increased its training and prevention efforts
in 2013. More than 400 people attended two ethics workshops in the fall
as part of the "Matingénieurs" series. This series will continue in
2014 with workshops on business practices and construction work
supervision. Ethics will also be discussed during a one-day conference
in March and at the OIQ's Annual Conference in May. The 1 877 ETHIQUE
hotline has also proven its worth to engineers and the public. Over 1
200 calls were processed by the OIQ in 2013, which is about 15% more
than in 2012.
In addition, the OIQ has continued its research on best practices in
public contracts with a view to proposing concrete solutions in 2014 to
the Charbonneau Commission, with which it is actively working thanks to
its intervener status. In 2013, the OIQ also contributed to the
National Assembly consultations on bills related to integrity or to the
professional system's efficiency.
2014: on our way to a truly ethical system
In addition to its primary mission of supervising engineers, the OIQ
will continue its efforts in 2014 to push the boundaries of the
professional system by supervising the business practices of consulting
engineering firms through the audit program that it announced earlier
this year. The voluntary program, which will be entirely funded by the
consulting engineering firms, should be offered to all firms starting
in the fall of 2014.
In 2014, the OIQ will continue to review the idea of an independent
integrity institute, an organization that would act as a centre of
expertise for public contract providers and help them better manage
their contracts. The OIQ recently proposed that the government consider
the possibility of funding the creation of this institute from a
portion of the funds that will be recovered after the adoption of Bill
61, Act to mainly recover amounts paid unjustly by public bodies in relation
to certain contracts in the construction industry.
Overall, the OIQ's actions and proposals are aimed at establishing a
coherent system in which engineers are better trained and more
responsible, companies are more effectively monitored and public
contract providers are better equipped.
About the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
Founded in 1920, the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec has a membership of
more than 60,000 engineering professionals in all fields, except forest
engineering. The mission of the OIQ is to ensure the protection of the
public by supervising the practice of the profession within the
framework of its constituent laws and ensure that the profession serves
the public interest. For more information, go to http://www.oiq.qc.ca.
SOURCE: Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
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