Important message about the COVID-19 Coronavirus | COVID-19 Update for Canadian Volunteers

In an effort to care for all of our personnel, families, and mission around the world, EMI has been taking a number of steps in response to the progress of COVID-19.

Location-specific Crisis Management Teams remain in place to monitor COVID developments, inform, and care for EMI personnel. Decisions about official EMI travel (including project travel) domestically and internationally are being made on a case-by-case basis by Office Directors in locations concerned. EMI’s worldwide offices remain in varying states of closure with personnel working remotely or from home.

We continue to actively monitor the situation and will respond to new information affecting our worldwide ministry and teams. We view the COVID-19 Coronavirus as an opportunity to live out the gospel and our faith in Jesus through the ministry of EMI.

Due to a Government of Canada travel advisory which prohibits non-essential international travel, EMI Canada is currently unable to mobilize Canadian volunteers for project involvement that requires international travel. New updates will be posted as this situation changes.


EMI Canada provides architecture and engineering design services to missions and local ministries who could not otherwise access these important services.

If your ministry shares the love of God in word and deed, you are the reason EMI Canada exists. Our staff and volunteers are here to serve you as you serve others. EMI’s Technical Assistance Pre-Application is the first step in the project approval process.

Around the world, our teams of design professional staff and volunteers carry out planning and design for schools, hospitals, water supply systems, training centres, and other facilities and infrastructure for ministry. EMI Canada's goal is to develop contextually appropriate and practical design solutions which facilitate 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.