The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials

Sources of information

The provincial and territorial ministries/departments responsible for education in Canada publish comprehensive up-to-date public information, and remain the primary source of authoritative information on their respective education systems. This is in line with the exclusive jurisdiction of provinces and territories over education, and their role as competent authorities in Canada.

CICIC is a service of the provinces and territories that assists with carrying out their obligations to provide information about UNESCO conventions related to qualification recognition. To that end, CICIC publishes information in English and French on Canada's education systems, quality assurance, institutions, programs, and academic credentials, in collaboration with competent authorities responsible for education in the provinces and territories.

Postsecondary educational institutions in Canada also play an important role in providing information, such as: academic programs offered, admission requirements, student services, housing, tuition fees, scholarships and student aid, and advising to prospective students. The yearly academic calendar, including those archived from previous years, may prove useful for academic credential assessors. Institutions are also responsible to issue official transcripts and degree certificates to students who have successfully completed an academic program. Academic credential assessors seeking to confirm academic document authenticity may contact the institution's admission office. Some institutions may use an internal or third-party trusted document repository service (e.g., to facilitate the exchange of electronic student data with alumni students and other organizations. The CICIC Directory of Educational Institutions in Canada provides a starting point to locate relevant information.

Finally, a number of additional secondary sources of information are accessible online, and can support procedures related to the assessment and recognition of academic credentials.

Pan-Canadian Organizations

The following are some pan-Canadian organizations involved in postsecondary education in Canada:

Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne

Telephone : (+1) 613-244-7837
Toll Free : (+1) 866-551-2637


223 rue Main Ottawa, Ontario K1S 1C4 Canada

Association of Registrars of Universities and Colleges of Canada

Telephone : (+1) 403-541-0911


200, 6 Crowfoot Circle N.W. Calgary, Alberta T3G 2T3 Canada

Canadian Association of University Teachers

Telephone : (+1) 613-820-2270
Fax : (+1) 613-820-7244


2705 Queensview Drive Ottawa, Ontario K2B 8K2 Canada

Canadian Bureau for International Education

Telephone : (+1) 613-237-4820
Fax : (+1) 613-237-1073


1550 - 220 Laurier West Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5Z9 Canada

Canadian Federation of Students

Telephone : (+1) 613-232-7394
Fax : (+1) 613-232-0276


200 - 2725 Queensview Drive Ottawa, Ontario K2B 0A1 Canada

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Telephone : (+1) 613-941-2672


160 Elgin Street, 9th Floor Ottawa , Ontario K1A 0W9 Canada

Colleges and Institutes Canada

Telephone : (+1) 613-746-2222
Fax : (+1) 613-746-6721


701 - 1 Rideau Street Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8S7 Canada

Council of Ministers of Education, Canada

Telephone : (+1) 416-962-8100
Fax : (+1) 416-962-2800


1106 - 95, St. Clair Ouest / West Toronto, Ontario M4V 1N6 Canada



125 Sussex Drive Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G2 Canada

National Association of Career Colleges

Telephone : (+1) 613-800-0340
Fax : (+1) 613-789-9669


99 – 4338 Innes Road Ottawa, Ontario K4A 3W3 Canada
Telephone : (+1) 613-800-0340
Fax : (+1) 613-789-9669

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Toll Free : (+1) 855-275-2861
Fax : (+1) 613-992-5337


350 Albert Street, 16th Floor Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1H5 Canada

Pan-Canadian Consortium on Admissions and Transfer

Telephone : (+1) 506-470-7317

Polytechnics Canada

Telephone : (+1) 613-688-0899
Fax : (+1) 613-594-2917


350 Sparks St. Suite 510 Ottawa, Ontario K1R 7S8 Canada
Telephone : 613.688.0899
Fax : 613.594.2917

Réseau des Cégeps et des Collèges Francophones du Canada

Telephone : (+1) 613-241-0430
Fax : (+1) 613-241-0457


1008 - 130 rue Albert Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5G4 Canada

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Telephone : (+1) 613-992-3027


350 Albert Street, P.O. Box 1610 Ottawa, Quebec K1P 6G4 Canada

Education, training and learning, Statistics Canada

Telephone : (+1) 514-283-8300
Toll Free : (+1) 800-263-1136
Fax : (+1) 877-287-4369


150, promenade Tunney's Pasture Ottawa, Quebec K1A 0T6 Canada

Universities Canada

Telephone : (+1) 613-563-1236
Fax : (+1) 613-563-9745


1710 - 350 Albert Street Ottawa, Ontario K1R 1B1 Canada

Comprehensive review of this information: March 2021