Canadian universities

Canadian universities educate more than 1.5 million students annually. They perform more than one-third of Canada’s research and development. And as a $30 billion enterprise, our universities generate economic wealth in communities across Canada.

Canada’s higher education institutions are diverse – varying in size, character and breadth of programs – and they’re located across the country.

Provinces and territories are responsible for all levels of education including universities. There is no federal ministry of education or formal accreditation system. Instead, membership in our association, coupled with the university’s provincial government charter, is generally deemed the equivalent.