Education in Canada
Education in Canada is for the most part provided publicly and is funded and overseen by federal, provincial, and local governments. Education is within provincial jurisdiction and the curriculum is overseen by the province. Education in Canada is generally divided into primary education, followed by secondary and post-secondary education. Within the provinces under the ministry of education, there are district school boards administering the educational programs.
Post-secondary education in Canada is also the responsibility of the individual provinces and territories. Those governments provide the majority of funding to their public post-secondary institutions, with the remainder of funding coming from tuition fees, the federal government, and research grants. Compared to other countries in the past, Canada has had the highest tertiary school enrolment as a percentage of their graduating population.
Nearly all post-secondary institutions in Canada have the authority to grant academic credentials (i.e., diplomas or degrees). Generally speaking, universities grant degrees (e.g., bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degrees) while colleges, typically offer diplomas and certificates. However, some colleges offer applied arts degrees that lead to or are equivalent to degrees from a university.
There is no federal ”accreditation body” that oversees the universities in Canada. Universities, and some colleges, in Canada have degree-granting authority via an Act or Ministerial Consent from the Ministry of Education of the particular province.
New Westminster College is a college that specializes in providing senior-level executive seminars and intensive advanced programmes in cyber security and intelligence, leadership and diplomacy, and English as a Second Language specialty courses. All executive seminars, programmes and intensive courses are less than 40 hours in duration and cost less than one-thousand dollars.
As a new college in Canada, New Westminster College respects and adheres to all laws and regulations regarding accreditation and shall not offer or issue any degree without first receiving legal authority and accreditation from the respective Ministry of Education of the particular province or jurisdiction where such programs are delivered and require accreditation. New Westminster College plans to have its first intake of executive students for its short intensive executive seminars in 2016.
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