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RE: Canadian license "plan stamping" rules

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Each province in Canada has legislation in place that charges a professional organization with the responsibility of governing the practice of engineering in that province. The definition of "engineering" is very broad, and appears to be fairly consistent across the country. There are some differences between the provinces in the details of how this is done, but all provinces (and territories) have the same general rule - engineering work in a province or territory can only be done by a person who is registered as a professional member with that province's association, and the final work product of a professional member is supposed to be stamped. This includes drawings, specifications, reports, etc. Generally, a professional member can only stamp work that they have done personally or which is done under their direct supervision, but at least one province (Alberta) has provisions for relying on work done by others. These provisions are intended to cover situations like relying on manufacturer's information or standard corporate details, but there is some room for interpretation and it is up to the individual member to decide how far they are willing to go with this. The bottom line here is that the stamp identifies the individual who is assuming professional responsibility for the technical content of the document.

Darryl Baron P. Eng.
Dow Chemical Canada Inc.
Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta

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