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Professional Geoscientists of Ontario

Professional Geoscientists of Ontario

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416-203-2746

The Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (PGO) is the governing body for geoscientists in Ontario. The Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) oversees the registration practices of the association to ensure that they are transparent, objective, impartial and fair for anyone who wants to practise as a geoscientist in this province.

Registration Practices Assessment Report, 2016

This summary of the assessment includes recommendations for improvement.

 2019

2019

​​​Geoscientists_Fair Registration Practices Report-2019.pdf

Applications to Practise Processed by the PGO in 2019
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1812334561313
Applicants who became members991402035168

 2018

2018

Fair Registration Practices Report available upon request.​

Applications to Practise Processed by the PGO in 2018
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received276431190339
Applicants who became members381630057

 2017

2017

Fair Registration Practices Report available upon request.​​

Applications to Practise Processed by the PGO in 2017
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1283383896303
Applicants who became members652532016129

 2016

2016

Fair Registration Practices Report available upon request.​

Applications to Practise Processed by the PGO in 2016
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received170418314254
Applicants who became members65264204119

 2015

2015

Fair Registration Practices Report available upon request.​

Applications to Practise Processed by the PGO in 2015
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1312012367242
Applicants who became members692111210113

 2014

2014

Fair Registration Practices Report available upon request.​​​

Registration Practices Assessment Report, 2014

Applications to Practise Processed by the PGO in 2014
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1132123557228
Applicants who became members49183295104

 2013

2013

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2013

Applications to Practise Processed by the PGO in 2013
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1463123542256
Applicants who became members251519656

 2012

2012

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2012

Applications to Practise Processed by the PGO in 2012
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1746064216298
Applicants who became members71430170131

 2011

2011

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2011

Report on Entry-to-Practice Review, 2011

Registration Practices Assessment Report — Summary (Geoscientists)

Applications to Practise Processed by the PGO in 2011
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received14559155610285
Applicants who became members44288220102

 2010

2010

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2010

Applications to Practise Processed by the PGO in 2010
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received12368125510268
Applicants who became members36468140104

 2009

2009

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2009

Registration Process: Applicants to the APGO can now complete the registration application and pay all application fees online. An automated notice of receipt of the application is emailed to the applicant immediately. These online services help simplify and streamline the APGO's registration process.

For a description of all OFC-monitored developments for this profession for 2009, see the 2009-2010 Annual Report.

Applications to Practise Processed by the PGO in 2009
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received115525408220
Applicants who became members3526412n/a77

n/a = not available

 2008

2008

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2008
Audit Report

In early 2009, the APGO submitted proposed revisions to its registration regulation to the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines for review. Several of the changes are intended to clarify portions of the regulation that already exist – those related to time-limit requirements for a practising licence, a temporary licence and a limited licence. The revisions also define the number of times a temporary licence may be granted.

Additional revisions related to the limited licence alter the conditions for holding it. The holder will continue to be entitled to provide only the services specified in the certificate, but will no longer be limited to working for a specific employer, will no longer need to be supervised by a practising or temporary member and will be able to sign and seal documents using the appropriate designation.

Finally, the revisions also make changes to the definition of "qualifying work experience." Qualifying experience will not include work experience that has been obtained through the illegal practice of geoscience, including experience that was not acquired under the supervision of a professional geoscientist or a professional engineer qualified to conduct geoscience.

As of March 31, 2009, the ministry was reviewing these proposed revisions.

Applications to Practise Processed by the PGO in 2008
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received83266394158
Applicants who became members2615111457

 2007

2007


During the fall and winter of 2007-2008, the OFC undertook a study of the PGO to understand its 2007 registration practices and establish baseline data and information. PDF

Quick Facts

Number of Geoscientists3,203
Number of Internationally Trained Geoscientists570

You may find information about exam requirements and Canadian work experience requirements elsewhere on this site.


Location of Training, 2019

Ontario1,872
Other Canadian Provinces506
USA80
Other International490
Unknown255
Total3,203
Proportion of Internationally Trained Members (includes USA)18%

The Top Five Source Countries For Internationally Trained Geoscientists, 2019

Largest NumberIran
Second Largest NumberBrazil
Third Largest NumberChina
Fourth Largest NumberSyrian Arab Republic
Fifth Largest NumberU.K.
Number of Applicants21

The Professional Geoscientists of Ontario falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines. The OFC does not assess credentials, handle complaints or intervene in particular cases. Our mandate is one of systemic change. Please contact the PGO for further information about your ability to practise as a geoscientist in Ontario.

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