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Excerpted from the Canada Career Guide


Prospects for engineers have markedly improved since the recession. Approximately 2 percent of the engineering workforce is expected to retire within coming years. However, as employers currently prefer experienced engineers (engineers with specialized skills and five or more years of experience), this creates challenges for recent graduates and junior engineers. There are also fewer temporary foreign workers and internationally trained immigrants employed in engineering occupations in Canada. Engineers Canada, the body that regulates engineering in Canada, is working to address this situation.

Areas of Job Promise

It is expected that between now and 2018, the engineering occupations most in demand will be civil engineering, industrial/manufacturing engineering and petroleum engineering. The following burgeoning industries are expected to offer opportunities for engineers in the near future....


Canada's construction industry is a 168 billion CAD industry, representing 13 percent of the nation's economy. There are over 265,000 construction firms in Canada, of which 150,000 are private.

Areas of Job Promise

The provinces of Alberta, Ontario and Quebec are expected to lead the demand for construction workers over the next several years. Figures below include both workers needed to replace those retiring and new jobs.

  • Alberta: 46,000 workers
  • Ontario: 157,000 workers
  • Quebec: 53,600 workers

Organizations and Trade Associations

Engineers Canada
http://www.engineerscanada.ca/ (English, French)
Engineers Canada is the national organization of the 12 provincial and territorial associations that regulate the practice of engineering in Canada and license the country’s 234,000 professional engineers. The organization serves member associations by delivering national programs that ensure the highest standards of engineering education, professional qualifications and ethical conduct. Anyone who wants to practice engineering in Canada must be licensed under the requirements set by Engineers Canada. Before being accepted for registration and licensure, individuals normally are required to pass a series of examinations set by the licensing body in the province or territory where they intend to reside. Candidates must also demonstrate sufficient communication skills in at least one of Canada's two official languages, and have three or four years of acceptable engineering work experience, including one year of experience in a Canadian environment.

Engineers Canada
180 Elgin Street, Suite 1100
Ottawa, ON K2P 2K3
Tel: 1-613-232-2474
Toll free: 1-877-408-9273
Fax: 1-613-230-5759
Email: info@engineerscanada.ca
Assessment Program: evaluation@engineerscanada.ca


Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering
http://www.cheminst.ca/magazine (English)
The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering (CJChE) is recognized internationally as being one of the leading publications in its field. Published on a non-profit basis by the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE), the CJChE carries original research papers, in either English or French, dealing with the theory or practice of chemical engineering, biochemical engineering, environmental process engineering and applied chemistry. The CJChE publishes six issues per year. Each volume contains approximately 120 pages of fully-reviewed articles, notes and reviews.

Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering
130 Slater Street, Suite 550
Ottawa, ON K1P 6E2
Tel: +1 613-232-6252
Toll-free: +1 888-542-2242
Fax: +1 613-232-5862
Email: info@cheminst.ca

Other Resources

National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/ (English, French)
NSERC supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects. NSERC supports both basic university research through discovery grants and project research through partnerships among post-secondary institutions, governments and the private sector, as well as the advanced training of highly-qualified people.

350 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 1H5
Tel: 1-613-995-4273

This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete Canada Guide.

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