Engineering in Canada
National Engineering Month
March is National Engineering Month. It is Canada’s biggest celebration of excellence in engineering. Every year, many events take place across the country. These events help young Canadians learn about the exciting disciplines of engineering and highlight the accomplishments of engineering in Canada.
Each province and territory in Canada has a regulatory body that regulates the engineering profession and licenses professional engineers in Canada.
In 2020, six of Canada’s provincial regulators celebratedIn 1920, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Quebec were the first provinces to form regulatory bodies. Later a national association was formed in 1936 called the Dominion Council of Professional Engineers, which is known today as Engineers Canada.
The most popular undergraduate engineering program in Canada is mechanical; mining engineering is the least popular. Almost 18% of all undergraduate engineering enrolment is women. The most popular engineering discipline for women is chemical engineering.
First Engineering School in Canada
In 1854, the first engineering school in Canada was established at King’s College, which later became the University of New Brunswick.
Growth in the Engineering Sector
Engineers Canada predicts a growth in most engineering disciplines through to 2025. Most of the growth will take place in civil, mechanical and electrical engineering.
Engineering is facing an aging population; 30% of engineers are 55 or older and 17% are over 65.