The Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors was founded early in 1959 and registered under the Dominion of Canada Companies Act in November 1959.

The principal objectives of the CIQS are:

  1. To promote and advance the professional status of quantity surveyors in Canada to the highest standards of competence and integrity so as to ensure the protection of the public in all matters concerning the profession;
  2. To establish and maintain a bond amongst the societies recognized by the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors as affiliated chapters and to represent such associations and their members in all matters of national or international concern or interest to the profession;
  3. To establish, maintain and co ordinate - in conjunction with affiliated chapters - the highest standards of professional competence and integrity for all individual members through equivalent educational and professional development programs;
  4. To collaborate with other professions and organizations in the interest of the construction industry on national and international levels.