Canada's higher education system is regarded as one of the best in the world, with a variety of postsecondary institutions that offer a wide range of programs. There are also many American and international schools that can serve as great options for Canadians who want to study abroad.

Background on Canadian Educational Standards

In Canada, education falls within the exclusive jurisdiction of the provincial and territorial governments. Although there is no national system for accreditation of postsecondary institutions, quality assurance mechanisms are in place to ensure that educational standards are met.

Recognized Postsecondary Institutions: The provincial and territorial governments use legislation and authoritative power to safeguard the quality of higher education. "Recognized" public and private postsecondary institutions are given full authority under specific government legislation to grant degrees, diplomas and other credentials. Private institutions that are not authorized under specific legislation are allowed to issue diplomas and certificates but are not recognized.

National Organizations: National organizations of postsecondary institutions also play a role in maintaining the standards of Canadian education by establishing membership requirements. The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) represents universities and university degree level colleges. The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) is the national organization of colleges and institutes.