The ongoing needs for qualified engineers in Canada makes it a favoured destination for graduates from a variety of countries. There are some things you will have to do to obtain a license as a professional.
In Canada, in order to "practice" engineering, one must be licensed with the provincial or territorial Association. These professions are regulated and thus protected by provincial law. Simply put if you practice without a licence and your provincial Association finds out, they will indeed bring the pain.
They are not jerks, they are not bullies, maybe they are, I actually don't know them personally. They will inform you and propose the correct action before any legal action would be considered. However, for repeated offenders most of the Associations have been forced to take legal action in the past.
This is true for any person in Canada and not only Internationally Educated Engineers (IEE).
You can "work in" engineering in Canada before you receive your licence or register with one of the Associations as long as you are supervised by a Professional Engineer that takes responsibility for your work. You will not be considered to be "practicing" engineering and that Professional Engineer will take all responsibility for your work and protecting the public.
THE LIST OF REQUIREMENTS
The list of requirements is not too daunting. Achieving all the requirements can be a long process and typically takes a year. If there are other requirements such as examinations or experience well then of course it is going to take a few years.
Don't fret, like we said you can work in engineering while achieving these requirements. You will simply be working under a professional engineer.
FACTS & STATISTICS
I cannot take you through an overview of the process just yet. We will work through that I promise. However, I do wish to take you through some of the statistics of internationally educated engineers (IEE) seeking to practice in Canada.
It always helps me to gererally know the processand below are rough numbers for both Ontario and Alberta.
Definitely stay tuned for more as I will be developing this guide, and other supporting documents, further each day for quite some time. In the meantime don't be afraid to ask questions and help guide this document further.