High Standards of Engineering Practice and Ethical Conduct
Engineering and geoscience in Canada are regulated in the public interest by self-governing professional licensing bodies. These bodies are established by Canada's 13 provincial and territorial governments through provincial engineering/geoscience Acts.
The provincial and territorial governments have delegated their constitutional authority to regulate engineers/geoscientists and engineering/geoscience in Canada to professional licensing bodies that are maintained and governed by the professions, creating a system of self-regulation. Self-regulation recognizes that the engineering/geoscience professions themselves are best positioned to regulate the practice of engineering/geoscience in a manner that protects both the public and the environment.
APEGS is the licensing body which fulfils this mandate by ensuring high standards of engineering/geoscience practice and education in Saskatchewan, by setting high standards for admission into the profession, by disciplining engineers/geoscientists who fail to uphold the profession's practice and ethical standards, and by preventing the misuse of the title 'engineer' and 'geoscientist' by individuals who are not licensed members of the professions.
APEGS also takes appropriate action to prevent the illegal practice of engineering by unlicensed individuals. Our mandate and obligation to undertake this role is laid out in The Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act. The Act defines a scope of practice for engineers and geoscientists and specifically restricts the use of the title engineer and geoscientist to individuals who have been licensed by APEGS. APEGS has a small full-time staff, so much of the Association's work is undertaken by volunteers. Those volunteers are professional engineers and geoscientists who take pride in their profession and what the P.Eng. and P.Geo. represents. They serve on investigation and discipline committees, boards, and admission committees to ensure that the Association fulfils its mandate to regulate the practice of engineering and geoscience in the public interest. Their work means employers can be confident that professional engineers/geoscientists have the right education, the right skills and the right attitude to help their business build business. It also means that engineering and geoscience students, as well as professional engineers/geoscientists, can be proud of belonging to a profession whose members have gained an international reputation for excellence, and share a commitment to enhance the quality of life, health, safety and well-being of Canadians.
Saskatchewan is one of the provinces where the professions and its volunteers also regulate the practice of engineering/geoscience at a business level. Our Act requires companies that are undertaking engineering/geoscience work to be registered with APEGS.