The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials
In 2018, CICIC led consultations with assessment services and competent recognition bodies in Canada on the Global Convention. Using data collected, CamProf Inc. subsequently provided a comprehensive data analysis on Canada's implementation of all provisions of the 1997 Lisbon Recognition Convention undertaken by assessment services and competent recognition bodies in Canada, but also Canada's readiness to implement provisions of the 2019 Global Convention. It is also important to consider that these assessment services and competent recognition bodies maintain broad autonomy in recognizing academic credentials in accordance with their respective legislated autonomy.

Cover of the CamProf report on the implementation of the provisions of the Lisbon Recognition ConventionIn 2020, the independent report authored by CamProf Inc. and titled Substantial Agreement – Academic Credential Assessment in Canada: Implementation of the Lisbon Recognition Convention and Preparation for the UNESCO Global Convention was published. Although this analysis does not necessarily reflect the official policies, positions, or views of CICIC, CMEC, provincial and territorial governments in Canada, or assessment services and competent recognition bodies in Canada, it does provide useful insight into the implementation of conventions related to qualification recognition in Canada.

Given the above and as per CICIC's mandate as Canada's National Information Centre, the information contained in this report was transmitted to assessment services, competent recognition bodies, as well as provincial and territorial governments for their respective consideration. CICIC will continue to encourage assessment services and competent recognition bodies to apply principles of the conventions while also improving the implementation of these principles. The aim of such continued improvement is to maintain a quality assurance process and to promote qualification recognition policies and procedures that are fair, transparent, timely and consistent in Canada.

Get an overview of the Lisbon Recognition Convention, and consult the FAQ. You can also learn about the 2019 Global Convention.

IS THERE AN INTERNATIONAL MONITORING EXERCISE TO EXAMINE LRC IMPLEMENTATION IN OTHER COUNTRIES?


The Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee (LRCC) Bureau conducts cyclical monitoring exercises of the LRC implementation by signatory states. The results of these exercises serve to inform and improve the ongoing progress of the implementation of the convention in each signatory state, but also to identify any provisions where additional focus may be applied. This practice is in line with a quality assurance process wherein gradual improvements are introduced over time.

In 2015, the LRCC Bureau conducted its first monitoring exercise. Based on responses provided by State Parties, the LRCC tabled and adopted the Monitoring the Implementation of the Lisbon Recognition Convention – Final Report in February 2016. Because Canada had not yet completed the ratification process of the LRC at the time, it was excluded from this monitoring exercise.

In 2018, the LRCC Bureau conducted its second monitoring exercise, focused on the implementation of refugee-related provisions of the LRC (Article VII). The LRCC tabled and adopted the Monitoring of the Implementation of Article VII of the Lisbon Recognition Convention – Final Report in June 2019. Canada had completed the ratification process of the LRC at the time and thus took part in this monitoring exercise.

In 2020, the LRCC Bureau conducted its third monitoring exercise, focused on the implementation of specific provisions (i.e., right to appeal, information provision, transnational education, automatic recognition, digital solutions). Canada also took part in this monitoring exercise. Information collected from this monitoring exercise will inform a report drafted by the LRCC Bureau, which will in turn be submitted to the next meeting of the LRCC, expected to take place in 2021, for approval by all LRC ratifying states. Additional information will follow in 2021, once available.