Associations in Canada’s Education Community

Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) – The Association is a voluntary association of the universities and colleges in the Atlantic region and in the West Indies which offer programmes leading to a degree or have degree-granting status. Today the Association represents the collective interests of 18 member institutions.

Colleges and Institutes Canada is the National and International voice through which Canada’s colleges and institutes advise and inform various levels of government, government agencies, business, industry, and labour. Colleges and Institutes Canada brings attention to the role of its member institutions in social, cultural and economic development.

Association québécoise des écoles de français langue étrangère (AQEFLE) – The AQEFLE (Quebec Association of French Language Schools), is made up of universities, colleges and high schools accredited by the Department of Education of Quebec to teach French as a second/foreign language. These well-known institutions offer programs based on superior academic standards.

The Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC) – The Air Transport Association of Canada is the voice of commercial aviation and flight training in Canada

Association of Universities and Colleges, Canada (AUCC) – The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada is the voice of Canada’s universities, representing 97 Canadian public and private not-for-profit universities and university-degree level colleges.

Associations des universités francophones du Canada (AUFC) (French only) – The AUFC’s mission is to promote university education in Francophone minority communities in Canada through consultation and collaboration among member institutions, as well as represent them in issues of common interest before Canadian governmental institutions, and national and international organizations.

Association internationale des études québécoises (AIEQ) (French only) – AIEQ‘s mission is to promote and develop Quebec studies in Canada and abroad.

British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE) – Established in 1990, the BCCIE is a non-government agency and not-for-profit society, funded through membership fees and fee for services activities. BCCIE has been a leader in the development and promotion of international education in British Columbia.

Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program – The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program is a bi-national program supported by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, the U.S. Department of State, and a large number of public and private sector partners. The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program operates on the principle of reciprocal exchange and provides the opportunity for outstanding Canadian and American students and scholars to lecture, research and pursue graduate study in the United States and Canada. Award recipients include prominent and promising scholars, experienced and junior professionals and exceptional students.

Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) – CAIS is an association for independent schools that operate within Canada or offer a curriculum leading to a Canadian diploma in a location outside of the country.

Canadian Association of Public Schools – International (CAPS-I) – Represents 75 Canadian public school districts/boards that recruit international students at the elementary and secondary levels.

Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) – Founded in 1951, CAUT is the national voice for academic staff. Today, representing 55,000 teachers, librarians, researchers and other academic professionals and general staff, CAUT is an outspoken defender of academic freedom and works actively in the public interest to improve the quality and accessibility of post-secondary education in Canada.

Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) – The Canadian Bureau for International Education is an umbrella non-governmental organization comprised of 200 colleges, universities, schools, school boards, educational organizations and businesses across Canada.

Canadian Education and Training Accreditation Commission (CETAC) – CETAC was established in 1984 with the goal of creating a set of standards and accreditation framework for the private career colleges.

Canadian eLearning Enterprise Alliance (CeLEA) – Founded in 2002, CeLEA is an industry-based organization with the primary objective of enabling Canadian companies to increase their share of revenues from the growing global e-learning market place.

Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) – The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials collects, organizes, and distributes information, and acts as a national clearing house and referral service to support the recognition and portability of Canadian and international educational and occupational qualifications.

Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL) – The Canadian Foundation for the Americas is an independent, non-governmental organization dedicated to deepening and strengthening Canada’s relations with countries in Latin America and the Caribbean through policy discussion and analysis. FOCAL’s mission is to develop a greater understanding of important hemispheric issues and to help build a stronger community of the Americas.

Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) – CNIE is a national association of professionals committed to excellence in the provision of distance education in Canada.

Canadian Society for Training & Development (CSTD) – CSTD is the largest not-for-profit membership association in Canada dedicated to the profession of training and human resources development (with over 2,000 current members).

Cégep International (French only) – Created in 1992, Cégep International is a non-profit organization that brings together 48 Federation of Colleges members who adhere to Cégep International and benefit mainly from its information and representative services.

Colleges Ontario – Colleges Ontario is the advocacy organization for the province’s 24 colleges of applied arts and technology.

Council of International Schools (CIS) – The Council of International Schools is a not-for-profit organisation comprising over 650 member schools and 450 colleges/universities. The Canadian Higher Education Committee (CHEC) serves the Canadian universities within CIS and facilitates the exchange of information about Canadian higher education.

Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) – CMEC is the national voice for education in Canada. It is the mechanism through which ministers consult and act on matters of mutual interest, and the instrument through which they consult and cooperate with national education organizations and the federal government.

Council of Ontario Universities (COU) – For more than thirty years, COU has been working to improve the quality and accessibility of higher education in Ontario. COU is involved in a host of activities from issues management to information management; from leadership on collective issues to general operational support for our member institutions, committees and affiliates.

Conference of Rectors and Principals of Québec Universities (CREPUQ) – The CREPUQ is a private-sector organization that brings together, on a voluntary basis, all university institutions in Quebec.

Éducation Internationale – Éducation Internationale is a cooperative for educational development and exchange services created in 2001 by in the Fédération des commissions scolaires du Québec.

EduNova – EduNova is a co-operative industry association of education and training providers in Nova Scotia, Canada. They are the only provincial education and training co-operative in Canada.

Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (IOHE) – Created in 1979 in Quebec City, the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education is an international university association that promotes cooperation between member institutions and fosters the development of higher education in the Americas.

International Association of Centers for Federal Studies (IACFS) – Founded in 1977, the International Association of Centers for Federal Studies is an association of Centers and Institutes throughout the world with interests in independent research and publication about political, constitutional, legal, administrative, fiscal, economic, historical and philosophical issues relevant to political systems which have federal features.

International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS) – The International Council for Canadian Studies is a federation of twenty-two national and multi-national Canadian Studies associations and four associate members in thirty-nine countries. It’s mandate is to promote and support research, education and publications in all fields of Canadian Studies and in all countries. The ICCS network links over 7,000 academics and researchers.

International Association of Quebec Studies (French only) – The AIEQ is dedicated to promoting and developing Québec studies in Canada and abroad.

International Public School Education Association (IPSEA) – The International Public School Education Association is an association of public schools in British Columbia that welcome international students and offer a guarantee of quality education to students who wish to study in Canada.

Language Industry Association (AILIA) – AILIA brings together the different stakeholders in the language business. Their mission is to promote and increase the competitiveness of the Canadian language industry nationally and internationally through advocacy, accreditation and information sharing.

Languages Canada – Languages Canada is Canada’s trade association for language training representing both of Canada’s official languages: English and French. Members must adhere to the association’s quality assurance standards in the areas of: curriculum, teacher qualifications, student services, student admissions, marketing, promotion, facilities and administration.

Manitoba Council for International Education (MCIE) – MCIE is an organization that is constituted and supported by the 21 institutions (elementary and high schools, colleges and universities in Manitoba) that belong to the organization through membership and volunteer participation.

National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) – NACC is an association of private career training institutions from across Canada and companies offering products and services to those institutions.

Polytechnics Canada (PC) – Polytechnics Canada is an alliance of nine large, internationally recognized post-secondary institutions committed to producing career-ready graduates who combine critical thinking with theoretical understanding and practical competence.

Réseau des Cégeps et Collèges francophones du Canada (RCCFC) (French only) – Created in 1995, the RCCFC’s  mission is to establish a partnership between Francophone Canadian colleges. It constitutes a network for mutual help, promotion, and exchanges tied to the development of French college education in Canada, while promoting the use of information and communication technologies.

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI) – The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute is an educational enterprise that promotes mutual awareness and understanding between India and Canada mainly through facilitating academic activities. The Institute funds research, links institutions in the two countries, and organizes seminars and conferences.

World University Service of Canada (WUSC) – For more than three decades, WUSC has supported development in over 50 countries throughout the world. WE link governments, non-governmental organizations and institutions, and community-based organizations with Canadian expertise, services and resources to strengthen capacity and develop local potential