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A software engineer at work. (Classiq/Handout via REUTERS.)

Can tech companies employ software engineers while escaping the regulation of the engineering profession?

This fall, an Alberta court will rule on the Alberta engineering regulator’s power over software engineers.

The court’s decision could set an important legal precedent for the country. If the court rules in favour of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), regulatory bodies in other provinces could follow suit.

Tech companies and associations, which say that software engineers should not be subject to APEGA’s jurisdiction, warn that a ruling for APEGA would make Canada’s tech sector a less attractive destination for global tech talent.

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Hadassah Alencar is a bilingual journalist based near Montreal. She recently completed the journalism program at Concordia University, where she worked as a teaching assistant and became editor-in-chief...