EMI Canada provides professional and experienced design service to missions and indigenous ministries throughout the developing world. Teams of staff and volunteer design professionals provide architecture and engineering services for approved development projects.

If you are involved in sharing the love of God with the poor in word and deed, then you are the reason EMI exists as an organization. By providing design services to Christian organizations around the world, the staff and volunteers of EMI Canada can serve you as you serve others. EMI’s Technical Assistance Pre-Application is the first step of the project approval process.

Around the world, EMI connects Christian ministries with volunteer design professionals to carry out planning and design projects for development projects such as schools, hospitals, children’s homes, water supply systems, and training centers. EMI’s goal is to develop a contextually appropriate and practical design that expresses your ministry's vision.

Since 2012, EMI has been conducting Survey Practicums, partnering with Ugandan universities to compliment theory taught at these institutions with practical, hands-on application of survey equipment and software. These practicums also provide a great platform to share what it is to be a follower of Christ, equipping participants to be a Godly influence in their workplace and community at large.

Moses, a Ugandan student from the 2014 Survey Practicum and intern/training assistant in 2015, expresses his appreciation for this program in this way:


“I am what I am today because EMI gave me an opportunity; an opportunity that has transformed me, that has made me a better person, more confident and competent than ever before. My faith is stronger! All glory to God!”


The EMI Survey Practicum consists of two main programs that run once each year during the summer months:

Introduction to Survey Practicum

Location: Uganda Christian University, Mukono

EMI partners with Uganda Christian University (UCU) to deliver a two-week Survey Practicum for 30 of their 3rd year Civil/Environmental Engineering students. This practicum compliments a theory course already delivered to these students.

Throughout the training, the EMI training team has many opportunities to both enhance the technical capabilities of developing world design professionals as well as provide guidance in standards and ethical practices, building capacity for a world of hope.

Geomatics Practicum

Location: EMI Uganda, Kajjansi

EMI delivers an eight-week Survey Practicum to nine Ugandan Geomatics Engineering students as part of their Industrial Training course requirement.

This practicum allows Ugandan students - well versed in the theory of geomatics—to build competency and confidence in the application of this theory. Students are provided with hands-on practice using a variety of survey equipment and with mentoring by a small team of EMI surveyors.

This training includes both classroom and field training and exercises, as well as a field exercises completing a topographic survey for an upcoming EMI project.

The EMI training team members share their technical skills, achieving the above while encouraging students in their faith as well as in healthy and ethical workplace practices.