COMPANY REGISTRATION

All Engineering and Geoscience work performed in Manitoba requires a Certificate of Authorization (CofA) from Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba. However, whether you or your company require a CofA depends on the kind of legal entity you are.

ENTITY TYPEC of A
REQUIRED
COMPANY DESCRIPTION
Practising EntityYes
  • Corporation or Partnership, offering professional engineering or professional geoscience services
  • P.Eng. or P.Geo. provide and take responsibility for direct and indirect professional services
Sole Practitioner EntityYes
  • Corporation or Partnership, offering professional engineering or professional geoscience services where a single professional engineer or professional geoscientist has an ownership position in the partnership or corporation, and exercises 100 percent control over the entity and assumes sole responsibility for the professional work done.
Operating EntityYes
  • An operating entity is a partnership, corporation, agency, or other entity; who provides professional engineering or professional geoscientific services as a selling feature to the consumer of a manufactured item, piece of equipment, product, or facility are REQUIRED to hold a Certificate of Authorization.
  • For example, energy companies, pipeline manufactures, temporary structure rental companies, grain terminal design builders, sign manufacturers, etc. Any company offering to design, manufacture, install, commission, measure, and maintain, or provide similar advice for their product MUST hold a Certificate of Authorization.
  • NOTE: Oil companies have a responsibility to show that they have the public of Manitoba's interests protected and insured against loss from any claim of poor engineering. As a result, all oil companies operating in Manitoba must have a Certificate of Authorization.
Operating EntityNo
  • An operating entity is a partnership, corporation, agency, or other entity; where a manufacturer uses engineering to make a product. For example, an electric motor, manufactured and listed in a catalog. The consumer picks a product from a company's catalog of items for sale. In this case companies are NOT required to hold a Certificate of Authorization.
Sole ProprietorshipNo
  • Not a legal entity
  • If the sole proprietorship does not have professional liability insurance coverage equivalent to CofA terms and conditions, must notify clients and obtain written authorization to provide services

Learn More > Information for a Certificate of Authorization Application (PDF), Application Process

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