Canadians place great importance on learning, and have developed one of the world’s finest education system with high standards. The country spends more on education (as a percentage of GDP) as compared to the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) average, and is the second highest among G-8 countries.

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  • SPP College List

    1. Algonquin College

    2. Assiniboine Community College

    3. Bow Valley College

    4. Cambrian College of Applied Arts & Technology

    5. Camosun College

    6. Canadore College

    7. Centennial College of Applied Arts & Technology

    8. College of New Caledonia

    9. College of the Rockies

    10. Columbia College

    11. Conestoga College

    12. Confederation College of Applied Arts & Technology

    13. Douglas College

    14. Durham College

    15. Fanshawe College of Applied Arts & Technology

    16. Fleming College

    17. George Brown College

    18. Georgian College of Arts & Technology

    19. Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

    20. Kwantlen Polytechnic University

    21. Lakeland College

    22. Langara College

    23. Lambton College of Applied Arts & Technology

    24. LaSalle College

    25. Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Technology

    26. Manitoba Institute of Trades & Technology

    27. Medicine Hat College

    28. Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology

    29. Niagara College

    30. North Island College

    31. Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

    32. Northern College

    33. Northern Lights

    34. NorQuest College

    35. Okanagan College

    36. Parkland College

    37. Red River College of Applied Arts, Science & Technology

    38. Saskatchewan Polytechnic

    39. Sault College

    40. Selkirk College

    41. Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology

    42. Sheridan College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

    43. St. Clair College of Applied Arts & Technology

    44. St. Lawrence College

    45. University of the Fraser Valley

    46. Vancouver Community College

    47. Vancouver Island University


    Canada is currently ranked 4th on the United Nations Human Development Index, an annual survey that uses a number of factors (life expectancy, literacy, education, standard of living, and GDP per capita) to determine quality of life. It also includes abundance of fresh water, comfortable population density, low incidence of violent crime and a health care system that is a model for the world. 

    Canada also has the highest ranking cities in North America for living according to the Mercer Human Resource Consulting Worldwide Quality of Living Survey 2007. This ranking is based on two important criteria of safety and stability. Five Canadian cities ranked within the Top 25 cities in North America include Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Calgary.


    All public and private recognized and authorized post-secondary institutions in Canada have been given the authority to grant academic credentials by their provincial or territorial governments, through charters or legislation that ensures or enables mechanisms for institutional and program quality. At the provincial and national levels, Canadian professional regulatory bodies (for example, in the fields of nursing, architecture, and engineering) participate in the establishment and review of post secondary curriculum standards. Accreditation reviews are conducted through analysis of reports and on-site visits. 

    There are a number of organizations in Canada that promote quality and the use of high academic standards in post-secondary programs such as the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and the Association of Accrediting Agencies of Canada (AAAC). Higher education degrees from Canada are accepted and respected worldwide.


    By studying in Canada, you can receive a high quality education in a friendly and welcoming environment for a reasonable cost. 

    Education System in Canada
    Canada is a federation of ten provinces and three territories. Under the Canadian constitution, provincial governments have exclusive responsibility of all levels of education. There is no ministry or department of education at the federal level. 

    Canada's three territories, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut, do not have the same constitutional status as the provinces, but with respect to education, the federal government has delegated this responsibility to the territorial governments, which, in turn, cooperate with the provinces to deliver post secondary programs. 


    At the post-secondary level, Canada offers a range of education institutions:

    University Colleges
    Community Colleges
    Career Colleges or Technical Institutes


    Career Colleges and Technical Institutes are privately owned institutions that offer training programs that provide students with practical skills for the job market after a short period of instruction. These institutions are provincially approved and regulated, ensuring that program standards and quality are maintained. 

    Students seeking short-term training programs in multimedia, film studies, computer/internet studies, graphic design and hospitality and the like apply to career colleges. The emphasis at these institutions is on practical skills and some may specialize in specific areas such as business, computers and secretarial skills. Career colleges have highly competitive fee structures.


    University colleges combine Canadian university and college traditions, with a strong base of applied and academic programs offered in campus environments. University colleges offer students a wide range of program choices of either academically-oriented university degree programs or the more practically-oriented college diplomas and certificates. 

    As part of the Canadian college system, university colleges are distinguished by their strong student support services, small classes and strong campus environment. They also may offer combined degree/diploma programs and university transfer programs.


    Community colleges have the primary function of responding to the training needs of business, industry and the public service sectors. They also meet the educational needs of vocationally-oriented secondary school graduates, employment-seeking university graduates, as well as the lifelong learning requirements of the adult population. They offer professional programs of 1 to 3 years (often including a work term) that are highly applicable in the job market. 

    Some community colleges offer university transfer programs that allow students to take courses that are parallel to those offered for the first two years of a four year university program. Students must still apply to the university to gain admission to complete the last two years of the four year program.


    Canada has a large selection of universities located in both urban and rural settings in every region of the country. Canadian universities are largely publicly funded; as a result they are of a consistently high quality, regardless of location or area of study. Universities retain a high degree of academic autonomy. 

    They offer a broad range of courses and a full range of degrees from undergraduate to doctorates, and can also offer certificates and professional degrees. Fees for universities differ depending on the province, institution and program of study. 

    The universities are internationally known for the quality of teaching and research. Degrees from Canadian universities are considered to be equivalent to those from American and other Commonwealth universities.



    This is a post senior secondary qualification awarded on successful completion of a program which is usually one year in duration. These programs are typically offered by colleges.


    This is a post senior secondary qualification awarded on successful completion of a program which is usually one to two years in duration. These programs are typically offered by colleges.

    Bachelor degree

    This undergraduate program is a post senior secondary qualification awarded on successful completion of three to four years of study. These programs are typically offered by universities and lead to graduate level studies.

    Bachelor degree (Honors)

    This undergraduate program comprises a higher degree of concentration in the honors subject, as well as a higher level of academic achievement. At some universities, an honors degree may require an additional year of study.

    Master degree

    This graduate program is awarded on successful completion of two years of study. These programs are offered by universities and could comprise a combination of coursework and research.

    Doctorate or Ph.D.

    This graduate program is the highest qualification awarded on successful completion of four to seven years of study. The program comprises some coursework, but primarily assessed on original research and thesis submitted. The degree is generally known as a Ph.D.; however, doctoral degrees may also be granted in particular fields of study such as music (DMus) or law (LLD).

    The academic year

    The academic year usually starts in September and ends in May. Each academic year normally comprises two semesters, the second semester commences in January. Some institutions have a trimester system which comprise three semesters in an academic year and therefore offer multiple intakes in January and May.

    A limited number of specialized programs are offered in the summer session that commences in May.