OSPE regularly prepares reports to provide government with insight on issues occurring in Ontario and how they impact or involve engineers. Please see OSPE’s most recent advocacy reports below.
The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE), the Greater Toronto Sewer and Watermain Construction Association (GTSWCA) and the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) have partnered to prepare a study on excess soil management to ensure sustainable practices are considered through the design and construction of Ontario’s infrastructure projects.
The world is facing serious decisions about how to address climate change. Choices have to be made about our energy future. Ontario has just transitioned out of coal generation and has reduced its electricity sector emissions by 80% below 1990 levels in a span of only 12 years. Ontario’s power system engineers want to share the experience they gained with other jurisdictions that are planning their own carbon reduction strategies. This report documents some of those experiences and offers insights on how to reduce GHG emissions.
Engineering a Cleaner Economy: Examining Ontario's Carbon Pricing Program and the Role of Innovation
In April 2015, Ontario announced its intention to move forward with a cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas pollution by putting a price on carbon and setting a limit on emissions. In this report, OSPE outlines six key recommendations on how the province can best implement cap-and-trade by involving engineers and encouraging innovation.
Crisis in Ontario's Engineering Labour Market: Underemployment Among Ontario's Engineering-Degree Holders
This report identifies that a significant number of individuals in Ontario with engineering degrees work in jobs that don't necessarily require a university degree. OSPE refers to this condition as "underemployment." This report builds on and integrates the indicators presented in OSPE's May 2014 report, From Classroom to Career.
From the World to the Workforce: Hiring and Recruitment Perceptions of Engineering Employers and Internationally Trained Engineers in Ontario
By surveying and interviewing engineering employers and internationally trained engineers (ITEs), this report outlines an apparent disconnect that is working to the disadvantage of both ITEs seeking employment in engineering, and Canadian employers that are striving to meet staffing needs.
From Classroom to Career: A Snapshot of Employment and Underemployment Among Ontario's Engineering Graduates
This report provides a snapshot of the disconnect between employers who say there is a shortage of workers with specialized skills and engineering graduates who cannot find relevant work in their field.
This report offers an independent engineering review of studies related to the Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC) proposed subway relief line.
OSPE reviews wind generation and its impact on Ontario's electrical grid, looking at growing amounts of hydraulic spill, nuclear shutdowns, and periods of negative wholesale electricity prices during severe surplus base load generation periods. OSPE makes a number of recommendations to mitigate the rise in electricity rates and greenhouse gas emissions that will come with more frequent shutdowns of nuclear units if no action is taken.
OSPE proposes a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program for discussion with Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) which involves a best practices approach from the perspective of OSPE members who contributed.
In response to numerous concerns and conflicting media reports about the Dai-Ichi nuclear accident, OSPE's Energy Task Force documented the sequence of events and recovery operations, summarizing how the situation evolved and what actions were taken to avert further crisis.
No one source of electricity is cheapest and most sustainable, and local conditions and risks will determine the energy mix contained within the grid of Canadian communities. This guide is an outline of several types of energy sources, summarizing their advantages and disadvantages. It is intended to provide the reader with an informative overview of the sources of energy available. This in turn should help individual's make more informed energy choices and to participate more effectively in a public discussion of Ontario’s energy plans.
What are the obstacles to achieving greater diversity and greater equality of opportunity in the engineering profession? How prevalent is the perception of discrimination in engineering workplaces? Is there a 'career price' to be paid for taking leave? Should employers' policies on licensure concern professional associations? These and other questions motivated the 2010 Survey of Working Conditions for Engineers. The findings point to several areas where the engineering profession will need to develop new policies and initiatives.