Evidence of meeting #29 for Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was labour.

A recording is available from Parliament.

On the agenda

MPs speaking

Also speaking

  • Tracey Leesti  Director, Labour Statistics, Statistics Canada
  • Marc Lachance  Assistant Director, Labour Statistics, Statistics Canada
  • Josée Bégin  Director, Centre for Education Statistics, Statistics Canada
  • Michael McCracken  Chair and Chief Operating Officer, Informetrica Limited
  • Marie Carter  Chief Operating Officer, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Engineers Canada
  • Alana Lavoie  Manager, Government Relations, Engineers Canada

5:15 p.m.

Chief Operating Officer, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Engineers Canada

Marie Carter

We don't have information on that. Our constituent members gather information on salaries, but I don't know that they specify one or the other.

5:15 p.m.

Liberal

Scott Andrews Avalon, NL

Okay, because I think there has been....

5:15 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Ed Komarnicki

Mr. Andrews, if you could....

I understand the bells are now ringing. They're half-hour bells, so I would ask for unanimous consent to conclude with Mr. Andrews. Madame Perreault has a few questions. With that, we'll close. Are there any objections? If not, we'll carry on.

Go ahead.

5:15 p.m.

Liberal

Scott Andrews Avalon, NL

Have you done any research on the salaries of engineers over the last 10 years? Has it gone up very much? Has that been an issue?

5:15 p.m.

Chief Operating Officer, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Engineers Canada

Marie Carter

I actually do look at the salary reports, certainly for Ontario, because it's where I'm working and it's of interest to me personally. The salaries have gradually increased over the last 10 years. There hasn't been a particular stagnation in salaries for engineers based on the studies they've done.

5:15 p.m.

Liberal

Scott Andrews Avalon, NL

Okay.

This is the last question.

In the last part of your testimony you mentioned a working relationship with government on a certain initiative. I didn't catch exactly what you said there. Could you elaborate on that a little bit?

5:15 p.m.

Chief Operating Officer, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Engineers Canada

Marie Carter

We've worked over the last 10 years with HRSDC, with CIC, and DFAIT, actually, on all of our initiatives for what we called “from consideration to integration”, which was being better able to process, essentially, foreign-trained people into the profession.

5:15 p.m.

Liberal

Scott Andrews Avalon, NL

And that was successful?

5:15 p.m.

Chief Operating Officer, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Engineers Canada

Marie Carter

Yes, it's been great.

5:15 p.m.

Liberal

Scott Andrews Avalon, NL

Okay. Thank you.

5:15 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Ed Komarnicki

Thank you.

Madame Perreault, go ahead.

March 14th, 2012 / 5:15 p.m.

NDP

Manon Perreault Montcalm, QC

Good afternoon. My question is for Ms. Carter.

Earlier you mentioned to my colleague that classrooms were really full. Are there a lot of Canadian students versus foreign students in those courses?

5:20 p.m.

Chief Operating Officer, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Engineers Canada

Marie Carter

I don't have the exact numbers with me of what the proportion is of Canadian students versus foreign students. It is a majority. It's not the same proportion as we have for medicine. I know they've got a higher proportion of foreign students than we do in engineering.

5:20 p.m.

NDP

Manon Perreault Montcalm, QC

From the foreign students who come here to study, do many of them go back to their home countries?

5:20 p.m.

Chief Operating Officer, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Engineers Canada

Marie Carter

Most of the engineers who come to go to school in Canada do return to their home countries. A small minority of them stay in Canada, but on the whole they do return to their home countries.