Frequently Asked Questions

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.

This section provides access resources to answer the most frequently asked questions about:

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:

Education Statistics

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)

  • Provided by Industry Canada and developed in collaboration with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC), Canada's Campus Connection promotes the on-line credit courses of over 75 institutions.
  • 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.
  • Information for International Student is a source of answers to questions asked by international students. Prepared by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada that represents 93 public and not for profit degree granting colleges and universities, the web site provides links to each of its member institutions.
  • 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.
  •  Guide for students who need information about studying in Canada 

Studying in Canada (Canadian Residents)

Employment in Education in Canada

  • 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.
  • Human Resources 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.
  • Workopolis: Education is a popular search site with a section dedicated to education. It includes public and private sector positions in education and training.
  • Ontario Education Services Corporation is a non-profit agency established in 2002 by all school boards in Ontario to provide Police Record Check services. Ontario Regulation 521/01 requires school boards to collect police records from all employees and service providers who have direct and regular contact with students. They can be contacted by phone at (416) 205-9545, by email at, or by fax at 416-593-7858.
  •  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.


International Opportunities

  • 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

CEA 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. Links to colleges, CEGEPS (in Québec) and universities can be found in the searchable database CanLearn Interactive - Find It!.

Worldwide Education News

  • For those interested in keeping abreast of worldwide education news, the is a OneWorld portal that brings together organizations and audiences involved in education around the globe.