It should be noted that the OIQ is the first of the 45 orders in Québec to have signed an MRA with France that perfectly reflects the desire of the Québec government to promote professional mobility. Thanks to the efforts of the Ordre and our French counterparts - the Commission des titres d'ingénieur (CTI) and the Conseil national des ingénieurs et des scientifiques de France (CNISF) -, this agreement, which is in our mutual interest, will facilitate the reception and integration of engineers in Québec and France.
French engineers who graduate from a program certified by the Commission des Titres d'Ingénieur and wish to practice in Québec will have responsibilities, obligations (ethical, disciplinary) and privileges (e.g. permits to practice, reserved acts) equivalent to those of Québec professionals here in Québec. Admission will be as easy for an engineer from France who wants to practice in Québec as for a Québec graduate. As the President of the OIQ points out, "compared to foreign-trained professionals (FTPs) from countries without an agreement with the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, the time required for admission to the OIQ will be substantially shorter."
The MRA seals a long-standing collaboration between the OIQ and the competent authorities in France by integrating the professional qualification recognition processes in France and Québec. Thanks to this agreement, engineers who have graduated in Québec have the privilege of obtaining recognition of their title in France and may register in the French Directory of the CNISF. Even though the French professional system is quite different, the title of Québec engineering graduates will have the same value as the title of engineers who have earned their degree in France. The procedures for an engineer who graduates in Québec to register in France will also be simplified. The underlying goals of the MRA are protection of the public, maintenance of the quality of professional services, compliance with the standards for the French language, fairness, transparency and reciprocity.
OIQ in the avant-garde
The OIQ has always showed itself to be in the avant-garde and early on, adopted measures for easier access by FTPs to the profession. The agreement with France is yet another of the actions already initiated by the OIQ along these lines. "For the last seven years, we have had a program to assist immigrant applicants and help candidates prepare for admission exams prescribed for them (at the École Polytechnique and Université Laval). In 2008 we signed an agreement with the ministère de l'Immigration et des Communautés culturelles to better inform and advise immigrants about what awaits them even before they leave their native country, using such methods as the new Web portal currently under construction," Mr. Ghavitian explained.
About the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
Founded in 1920, the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec has a membership of more than 60,000 engineering professionals in all fields, except forest engineering.
The mission of the OIQ is to ensure the protection of the public by supervising the practice of the profession within the framework of its constituent laws and ensure that the profession serves the public interest.