Bill 69, Open for Business

The Ontario government has always strived to put business competitiveness and worker safety at the top of the list. To that end, on October 25, 2010, the government passed new legislation that improved many business activities under Bill 68, Open For Business. The Minister of Economic Development and Trade led this initiative which amended or repealed 46 Acts, one of which was the Professional Engineers Act.


Public Consultations

Work began in 2007 to identify how the engineering profession could be more agile and facilitate Ontario business and Ontarians that wish to do professional engineering work, while still protecting the public interest. By 2010, 66 changes to the Professional Engineers Act were recommended within Bill 68. After First Reading on May 17, 2010 in the Ontario Legislature, Bill 68 was debated and passed Second Reading on June 3, 2010. After referral to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, public hearings were held in Toronto on August 3rd and August 4th, 2010. Presentations were made by the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, the Ontario Forest Industries Association, the Council of Ontario Construction Associations, the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and Professional Engineers Ontario to name a few. After some minor amendments, the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs ordered Bill 68 for Third Reading and further debate. By October 25, 2010, Bill 68 was carried, received Royal Assent by the Lieutenant Governor, and enacted as Chapter 15 of the Statutes of Ontario, 2010.


Repeal of section 12(3)(a)

Of the 66 amendments to the Professional Engineers Act (PE Act), 40 changes took effect immediately and 26 changes were to come into force by proclamation by the Lieutenant Governor to allow for a transition period. To check when each of the remaining 26 changes were proclaimed, please visit the PEO website. Most notably, section 12.(3)(a) of the PE Act will be repeal a date to be determined by proclamation.

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