Ratification by Canada of the Convention on the Recognition of qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region (Lisbon, 11 April 1997)

13/06/2018

On 13 June 2018, Canada deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification of the Convention on the Recognition of qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region.

The instrument was accompanied by the following declaration: 

“Canadian Declaration on the Competent Authorities to Make Decisions in Recognition Cases (Article II.2 of the Convention) 

Declaration 

Canada’s constitution provides for a federal system in which legislative powers are allocated between the federal Parliament and the provincial legislatures. 

In compliance with the exclusive legislative powers in the field of education granted to the provinces by the Canadian Constitution and with the similar responsibilities given to the territories by delegation from the federal government, the implementation of the Convention in Canada will be ensured by the provinces and territories. 

In accordance with Article IX.2, provincial and territorial governments have jointly determined that the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) will serve as the national information centre. 

Each postsecondary institution in Canada determines what qualifications it will accept for admission to various levels of study. Legislation also confers some autonomy on professional governing bodies in setting the content of regulations under which credentials and training are recognized. Professions therefore enjoy broad autonomy in recognizing credentials, whether obtained in Canada or abroad, for the purposes of registration or permission to practise a profession in Canada. 

This declaration is not a reservation. 

The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials can be reached at: 

Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) 
95 St. Clair West, Suite 1106 
Toronto, Ontario M4V 1N6 
Canada 
Telephone: (+1) 416-962-9725 
Fax: (+1) 416-962-2800 
E-mail: infocicic@cmec.ca 
Web site: https://www.cicic.ca” 

In conformity with its Article XI.2, the aforementioned Convention will enter into force with respect to Canada on the first day of the month following the expiration of the period of one month after the deposit of its instrument, that is to say on 1st August 2018. 

More information: 

Text of the Convention 
List of States Parties 
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