The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials

Learn about the qualifications frameworks and the particular characteristics of the 13 education systems in Canada.

For internal procedures:
  • Learn about the particular characteristics of the 13 provincial and territorial education systems in Canada, such as:
    • structure of the each education system;
    • types of educational institutions within each classification structure;
    • quality-assurance practices;
    • legal framework, enabling the:
      • operation of educational institutions (e.g., use of the term “university” in its name);
      • delivery of academic programs (e.g., vocational training registration);
      • issuing of specific academic credentials (e.g., authorization to issue degrees through ministerial consent).
  • Learn about the types and levels of academic credentials typically issued within each of the 13 education systems through:
    • their respective qualifications frameworks;
    • visual diagrams that illustrate the various levels found in their respective systems.

Consult additional resources

You may find useful information in other resources, such as:
  1. An overview of education in Canada, with contextual information on:
    1. ministries/departments responsible for education in Canada;
    2. elementary and secondary education systems;
    3. postsecondary education systems;
    4. quality assurance in postsecondary education;
    5. credit transfer and articulation;
    6. academic credentials and qualifications frameworks;
    7. finding an educational institution;
    8. ÉduCanada, Canada's international education brand.
  2. detailed information about each provincial and territorial education system in Canada.

Through CICIC's education portal, up-to-date, detailed information on Canada's education systems is easy to access. For more information, consult the Web sites of the ministries/departments responsible for education in Canada.