Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) is an internationally recognized best practice for the procurement
of engineering services. It is a competitive, sound, and fair process that selects firms that are best
qualified for the project. This best practice has been mandated by law in the United States since the
1970s (The Brooks Act), and more recently in the city of Calgary and province of Quebec.
However, QBS is still not the norm in Canada, and jurisdictions like Ontario do not use this international
best practice for provincial infrastructure projects. This panel will discuss the benefits, opportunities,
and challenges of implementing QBS in Ontario, along with the role professional engineers and the
engineering community will have in the implementation of this framework.