Our role within the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC)
CICIC is a unit of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC). Founded in 1967, CMEC is the collective voice of Canada's ministers of education. It provides leadership in education at the pan-Canadian and international levels and contributes to the exercise of the exclusive jurisdiction of provinces and territories over education.
CICIC was established in 1990, after Canada ratified the UNESCO Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Diplomas and Degrees concerning Higher Education in the States belonging to the Europe Region, to assist Canada in carrying out its obligations under the terms of this convention.
At the request of provincial and territorial governments, Canada became a signatory to the Lisbon Recognition Convention on November 4, 1997, which is an updated version of the 1990 convention.
The convention promotes international mobility by advocating wider recognition of higher-education and professional qualifications.
For detailed information, consult CMEC's Web site and our section on the Lisbon Recognition Convention.