CAPE Council for access to the profession of Engineering was founded in 1993 in response to difficulties facing immigrant engineers in accessing employment. It was initially known as the Coalition for Access to the Profession of Engineering and its focus was on overcoming licensing barriers,
Ten years later, in 2003 started to transform into a member-based organization shifting focus to community action research and employment support. Between 2003 and 2013 it undertook the Engineering Access, the Skills Commensurate Engineering Access, the Leveraging Global Engineering Skills projects and finally the Navigator Project for Selected Heath Professions. This research worth over 2 million dollars was funded by Canadian Heritage, Human Resources Skills Development Canada and Employment Ontario through the Employment and training Division of the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities and in-kind contributions by CAPE volunteers.
Through these and other fee-for-service activities CAPE is now serving a membership of over 4000 immigrants from the engineering, healthcare and other professions by providing them:
- Comprehensive on-line employment support and labour market intelligence
- Membership perks, social, knowledge, mentoring and networking events
- A strong advocacy platform
- Workshops and advanced training opportunities