Working in engineering in Canada

In Canada engineers are recognized by employers, peers, and society alike for their character, ethics, and quality of work. Engineering is a highly respected and in-demand profession in Canada, offering the opportunity to improve lives, lead innovation, and enjoy a meaningful and prosperous career.

To successfully transition into a career as an engineer in Canada using your existing qualifications, there are several important considerations.

Before you start

There are two key things that you need to know before you start looking for work as an engineer in Canada:

  1. Your qualifications may not be immediately recognized, but you can still do engineering work as long as you are supervised by a licensed engineer who takes professional responsibility for your work. Some employers may require you to be registered as an engineer in training or to be eligible for licensure by an engineering regulator. To get your qualifications recognized, learn more here.
  2. You will need to be able to communicate well in either English or French to be successful in the work force. It’s often helpful to start practising before you arrive in Canada. You may also need to take additional language training during your first few years here.

When you’re ready

Once you understand the basics requirements for qualifications and language, the next step is to learn about where your type of engineering will be most in demand.


Related Information

Find your provincial or territorial regulator

To work as a professional engineer in one of Canada's provinces or territories, you must receive a licence from that province or territory's engineering association.