MONTREAL, March 18, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - As a participant in today's
consultation on Bill number 17, An Act to amend the Professional Code with respect to disciplinary
justice, the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ) welcomes this key step in the
process of modernizing Québec's professional system.
"The measures proposed by the minister will result in more efficient and
swifter disciplinary justice. They will help maintain, and even
improve, the credibility of the professional system in the eyes of the
public," stated Daniel Lebel, Eng., PMP, President of the OIQ.
Aware of the public's legitimate expectations of the professional
system, the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec submitted a brief with
sixteen recommendations aimed at ensuring a smooth implementation of
More effective supervision of professional services firms
The OIQ also took the opportunity provided by the consultation to
suggest that the government consider the levers that professional
orders can use to better supervise professional services firms. In
doing so, the government could also evaluate the feasibility of
extending the jurisdiction of the professional system to include these
If the professional system's jurisdiction is extended, the OIQ would
have more control over the professional practice framework in firms
that provide consulting engineering services in Québec, much like the
OIQ's counterparts in most other Canadian provinces.
More specifically, the controls on legal entities could be based on the
measures that currently apply to individuals. For example, they could
include an OIQ admission process, inspection and prevention programs,
and a disciplinary process for offenders of the applicable professional
regulations. This would make it possible to control both the technical
execution of engineering acts and the business practices of the firms
that execute them.
Modernizing the Engineers Act
The OIQ also asked the government to make the modernization of the Engineers Act one of its priorities in the coming months. In fact, only a few minor
amendments have been made to the Act since the 1960s, but science and
the society's needs have evolved to some extent and the field of
practice described in the Act no longer reflects the current reality.
"The public wants the orders to take significant, unsparing actions
against the professionals who violate appropriate standards of conduct.
Combined with Bill 17, these two items would enable the Ordre des
ingénieurs du Québec to more effectively fulfill its mission of
protecting the public," asserted the President.
The brief submitted by the Ordre des ingénieur du Québec is available on
its Web site (www.oiq.qc.ca).
About the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
Founded in 1920, the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec has a membership of
nearly 63,000 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 INGENIEURS DU QUEBEC
For further information:
Communications and Public Affairs Department
Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
514 845-6141 or 1 800 461-6141, extension 3253