A steep drop in jobs in the engineering firm is being blamed in part on revelations from the Charbonneau Commission hearings.
The association of engineering consultants says their member firms reported a 20 per cent drop in jobs over the past two years.
That's about 5,000 jobs - a third of which are engineering positions.
The association says the explosive revelations at the commission hearings have led to a slowdown in the awarding of public contracts.
That, combined with a sluggish economy, has hit the industry hard.
Some observers say the new regulations are too onerous, and that the industry is being badly affected by the actions of a corrupt few.