Education is complex, made more so in Canada because under our Constitution, legislation and regulation, it is the separate responsibility of each province and territory. The federal government has a legitimate interest in the learning of Canadians and cooperates with the provinces and territories in a number of ways to promote shared goals and/or policy objectives. There is no single source of information about education in Canada.
Education Policy in Canada
For those new to Canada or enquiring from outside the country the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada offers education@canada, a collection of useful resources and web sites. CMEC also offers Education in Canada, a comprehensive overview of the Canadian education system.
For information about the organization, policy, and programs in each jurisdiction listed alphabetically:
- Alberta Learning for elementary, secondary and post-secondary education.
- British Columbia Ministry of Education for elementary and secondary education.
- British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education for post-secondary education.
- Manitoba Department of Education and Youth for all levels of education.
- New Brunswick Department of Education for all levels of education, in English and French.
- Newfoundland Department of Education and Training for early childhood, elementary and secondary education and adult learning.
- Northwest Territories Department of Education, Culture and Employment for educational planning and post secondary education.
- Nova Scotia Department of Education for all levels of education.
- Nunavut Department of Education for elementary and secondary.
- Ontario Ministry of Education for elementary and secondary education. Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities for training and post-secondary education.
- Prince Edward Island Department of Education for elementary and secondary, training and post-secondary.
- Ministère de l’Éducation (Québec) for elementary, secondary, CEGEP and post-secondary.
- Saskatchewan Learning for early childhood, school age and post-secondary education.
- Yukon Department of Education for elementary, secondary, apprenticeship and college education.
Education associations across Canada
- The Canadian Education Statistics Council (CESC) is a partnership between the Council of Ministers of Canada and Statistics Canada. Its two main programs are Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program (PCEIP) and the Pan-Canadian Education Research Agenda (PCERA). PCERA advances policy-relevant research through commissioning of new work and holding seminars on current policy issues.
- Education Statistics Program Centre for Education Statistics is a program of Statistics Canada, the federal agency mandated to conduct surveys, produce statistics, and analyse issues relevant to education, training and literacy.
Teaching in Canada
- The Canadian Teachers Federation, the national voice for elementary and secondary teachers, provides information about Teaching in Canada. This resource answers commonly asked questions and provides information about credential requirements in each province or territory.
Studying in Canada (International Students)
- Universities Canada is the voice of Canadian universities, at home and abroad.
- Studying in Canada, provided by the federal department of Citizenship and Immigration, is a good starting point for foreign students who wish to study in Canada at any level of the education system. It provides important information about eligibility and documentation required as well s how to make applications.
- Presented by the Canadian Bureau for International Education, Why Study in Canada? provides ten top reasons for studying in Canada, information about starting the process as well as a web directory of sites for information about educational opportunities and financial awards for international students.
- Studying in Canada is a guide for students who need information about studying in Canada.
- Schoolsincanada.com provides international students with information on studying in Canada.
Studying in Canada (Canadian Residents)
Employment in Education in Canada
- Academic360.com offers a large collection of Internet resources for academic job hunter. It includes links to faculty, staff, and administrative announcements primarily in Canada and the United States. Some further international links are provided.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education Career Network is a product of the Chronicle of Higher Education, an online weekly news service for college and university faculty members and administrators.
- Diversified Global Education is a teacher recruitment agency with offices in Winnipeg, Canada and Auckland, New Zealand, and with school contacts in Thailand, Columbia, and Korea.
- Education Canada Network provides a service to both employers and job seekers for positions in the education sector. Its database of posted positions is searchable by criteria that include kind of position and geographic area.
- Jobs In Education sponsored by several provincial administrators? associations posts opportunities primarily in the school sector.
- Employment and Social Development Canada offers a Web page for work-ready individuals who want a quick path to job listings, work search help, resume writing and workplace information.
- University Affairs – Career Ads provides the largest listing of careers of interest to the university community in Canada.
- Neuvoo is a job search engine that indexes jobs directly from companies’ career websites, placement agencies and job boards.
- WowJobs provides one of Canada’s most comprehensive searches by aggregating job postings from over 6,000 sources.
- JobGurus Canada, accessible from ca.jobgurus.net, aggregates jobs from over ten thousand employer, recruiter and government sites across Canada and provides jobs in a simple, intuitive way to job seekers.
- Careers Without Borders is an interactive website devoted to the “employment needs of international development, charitable and not-for-profit organizations, and the professionals these groups employ.” Positions for various kinds of education specialists are often listed, both for jobs in Canada and abroad.
Scholarships and Financial Awards
EdCan Network does not provide financial assistance to students.
Students looking for scholarships should contact the Department of the university they will be attending. Most scholarships, bursaries and other financial awards are administered directly by the individual colleges and universities.
- Scholarship Search is the most comprehensive service available through CanLearn Interactive.
Other scholarship websites:
Scholarships Canada (www.scholarshipscanada.com)
- Student Financial Aid Search Engine: Find & Apply for Financial Aid to Pay for College
- Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation Scholarships
- Society of Women Engineers Scholarship Program
- ENTELEC’s Wayne V. Black Scholarship
- VFW Auxiliary’s Young American Patriotic Art Contest
- NOAA’s Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship
- Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund
- Diabetes Scholars Foundation
- Common Knowledge Scholarship Competition
- STEM Scholarship Guide (DiscoverDataScience.org)
Worldwide Education News
- For those interested in keeping abreast of worldwide education news, the World Education News and Reviews is a OneWorld portal that brings together organizations and audiences involved in education around the globe.