What is a “substantial difference”?
An organization will try to determine whether any substantial differences exist when comparing an academic credential and/or qualification issued outside Canada to one that is issued within its own jurisdiction's education system.
Such differences may involve:
- the quality-assurance practices associated with the academic program and/or educational institution;
- learning outcomes;
- the function of the qualification, such as providing access to further studies, research, and/or employment.
It should not insist that the foreign academic credential and/or qualification be identical to that issued within the local education system, as that in itself does not constitute a substantial difference.
The burden of proof lies with the organization responsible for recognition of the credential and/or qualification, and not with the individual who wishes to access further studies, research, and/or employment.