General Info

What is NEM?

National Engineering Month(NEM) brings together thousands of Ontarians at over 200 events in March to support post-secondary students and professionals at all stages in their career to navigate increasingly rapid changes within engineering and technology

NEM does this by:

  1. Empowering our community to address ethical issues in the professions
  2. Helping our community navigate their careers and reinvent themselves through lifelong learning
  3. Promoting the practice of equitable, diverse and inclusive (EDI) cultures

Where are NEM events held?

While NEM is a national initiative, NEM Ontario supports events all across Ontario!

Click here to find events near you.

When do NEM events happen?

The entire month of March is National Engineering Month.

Check out our event page for more details.

What is Engineering and Engineering Technology all about?

Much more than building bridges and memorizing formulas Engineering and Engineering Technology professions are collaborative, creative and leverage communication skills to solve humanity’s wicked problems; turning ideas into a reality and making a difference.

Why should I get involved?

Being part of NEM is an opportunity to share your passion for Engineering and Engineering Technology with diverse young people, to widen their perceptions about what work we do, build their curiosity and help them feel a sense of belonging within these professions.

How can I get involved?

There are lots of ways to get involved! You can host your own NEM event in March, volunteer for an event in your area, or participate in an event.

How can I find out more about applying for funding and hosting an event?

Reach out to us at letstalk@nemontario.ca

Hosting an Event

I want to host an event! Where do I start?

Applications for NEM 2020 are now closed and the countdown has begun! Follow us on social media and keep a look-out for NEM 2021 application deadlines.

Who can host an event?

Anyone! You could be a College or University student, teacher or guidance counselor, engineering or engineering technology professional, an individual form a youth organization or company, or simply anyone interested in spreading the message of National Engineering Month.

Is there funding available?

Applications for NEM 2020 are now closed and the countdown has begun! Follow us on social media and keep a look-out for NEM 2021 application deadlines.

How will I know if I’ve been approved for funding?

We will reach out to you and let you know if you’ve been approved for funding. If approved, we’ll send you funding in two rounds – half in January and half in early April after you’ve submitted evaluation requirements.

What type of event should I organize?

Unleash your creativity and critical thinking, the event format and flow are entirely up to you.

Not sure where to start? We have created step-by-step toolkits for Design Challenges, Networking Events and Panels!


College Challenge

What is the College Challenge?

All engineering technology and applied science students at Ontario Colleges are invited to host an event in March for the NEM College Challenge. Teams of up to 5 students can host an event or series of events and compete with other Ontario teams for a chance to win one of three cash prizes: $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second and $1,000 for third. Winning teams also receive a complimentary one-year free student OACETT membership.

Applications for NEM 2020 are now closed, follow us on social media and stay tuned for application deadlines for NEM 2021.

Who can take part?

All engineering technology and applied science students currently enrolled in an Ontario College can host an event as part of the College Challenge.

University Challenge

What is the University Challenge?

All Ontario University students are invited to host an event in March for the NEM’s University Challenge. Teams of up to 5 students can host an event or series of events and compete with other Ontario teams for a chance to win one of three cash prizes: $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second and $1,000 for third.

Applications for NEM 2020 are now closed, follow us on social media and stay tuned for application deadlines for NEM 2021.

Who can take part?

All students currently enrolled in an Ontario University can host an event as part of the University Challenge.