ARUCC News and Updates

New independent report on the implementation of the Lisbon Recognition Convention in Canada

The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) welcomes the independent report authored by CamProf Inc. and titled Substantial Agreement - Academic Credential Assessment in Canada: Implementation of the Lisbon Recognition Convention and Preparation for the UNESCO Global Convention.

This independent report is the result of recent extensive pan-Canadian consultations led by CICIC with assessment services and competent recognition bodies in Canada. More than 350 diverse organizations were invited to take part in the consultation process. CamProf Inc. subsequently provided in this report a comprehensive data analysis on Canada's implementation of the 1997 Lisbon Recognition Convention (LRC). The report was produced, as well, in preparation for the newly adopted 2019 Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education. Although this analysis does not necessarily reflect the official policies, positions, or views of CICIC, the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), provincial and territorial governments in Canada, or assessment services and competent recognition bodies in Canada, it does provide useful insight into the implementation of conventions related to qualification recognition in Canada.

You will recall that assessment services and competent recognition bodies in Canada maintain broad autonomy with respect to the implementation of conventions related to qualification recognition. Postsecondary institutions in Canada determine what qualifications they will accept for typical entry to various programs of study. Legislation also confers some autonomy on professional governing bodies in setting the content of regulations under which earned credentials, competencies, and training are recognized. Professional governing bodies 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. 

As a whole, it would appear that Canada is compliant with the LRC to a leading extent among signatories. Some areas in the field of credential assessment and academic recognition are particularly in line with the provisions laid out in the LRC, such as: 

  • The appeal procedures, their accessibility for individuals and transparency;
  • The availability of alternative procedures for refugees and displaced people;
  • The digitization of student data, via pan-Canadian and international projects (such as ARUCC's National Network and DigiRec);
  • The on-going information services provided by CICIC as Canada's National Information Centre.

You can get more information on the 1997 LRC2019 Global Convention, and on monitoring the implementation in Canada.

CICIC wishes to thank all interested parties in its networks who demonstrated their willingness to contribute to conversations on the implementation of the LRC in Canada and took the time to provide information in CICIC-led consultations. In respect of their autonomy, CICIC will continue to encourage assessment services and competent recognition bodies to apply principles of the conventions while also improving the implementation of these principles. The aim of such continued improvement is to maintain a quality assurance process and to promote qualification recognition policies and procedures that are fair, transparent, timely and consistent in Canada.

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Michael Ringuette (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Nathanaël Poli (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) at the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC)  .


ARUCC Projects

From time to time, ARUCC receives the mandate from membership to resource and steward important national projects to further advance our industry in the work that we do. The following are a list of some of these important initiatives:

  • ARUCC Groningen & Student Mobility Project - advancing national and international student mobility through trusted electronic data exchange. The primary goal of the initiative includes enhancing Canada-wide data exchange capacity by creating a national network that supports post-secondary institutions and students.

  • Calendar Project - developed as a resource for ARUCC members involved in the production of academic calendars for their respective institutions. It provides information on what other institutions are doing on a number of identified issues and contact information for colleagues who may wish to network with others dealing with similar concerns.

  • Transcript & Transfer Guide - a national, online resource for Canadian registrarial and pathway practitioners and policy developers. It contains standards, definitions, and additional resources for close to 500 transcript and transfer credit terms in an online, searchable format. This resource is intended to encourage best practice and enhance student mobility and data portability.

ARUCC Honoured with PESC 20th Anniversary Distinguished Service Award

Washington, D.C. The Board of Directors of PESC is pleased to recognize the Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada (ARUCC) as recipient of PESC’s 20th Year Anniversary Distinguished Service Award. The Distinguished Service Award, which serves as PESC’s opportunity to say thank you for being a champion and leader of student mobility and for making a positive impact on education, will be presented at the opening session of PESC’s Fall 2017 Data Summit in Toronto 25th – 27th October 2017.

 "ARUCC represents 180 Canadian universities, colleges and institutes and over 800 individual members. Our work impacts the entire academic enterprise and supports each student throughout his or her academic journey,” states Charmaine Hack, University Registrar at Ryerson University and ARUCC President.  “Receiving the 2017 PESC Distinguished Service Award is a tremendous honour and reinforces ARUCC’s decision to lead the Canadian discussion with regard to student and data mobility and exchange,” she adds.

Additional Resources

Regional Associations
ARUCC's Partnerships
SEM related presentations and papers -
British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT) –
Campus Manitoba -
Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT) - Central Canada
Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT) –
New Brunswick Council on Articulations and Transfer (NBCAT) -
Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPEC) –

History of the ARUCC Research Working Group

The ARUCC Research Working Group emerged in response to a need for greater engagement in current and potentially new research projects of interest to the membership that are in keeping with ARUCC’s mandate. A report was created and circulated to the members in the spring of 2012. The intention of this document was to engage the national registrarial community and capture their interest in enhancing the research thrust within ARUCC.

Initial Results

An earlier committee chaired by Dr. Kate Ross developed the proposal and suggested terms and structure for an ARUCC Research Working Group. Further, this team supported conference organizers by developing a track of research-oriented sessions at the ARUCC 2012 conference. One of these sessions presented the Research Working Group inaugural report and focused on garnering advice and support for moving forward. Additional suggestions from those that attended the session included:

  • Creating a section of the ARUCC web site devoted to publishing the thesis work of registrarial members who are pursuing research projects and graduate level work.
  • Creating an online resource of research studies including providing links to existing research compendiums relevant to registrarial interests.
  • Supporting research efforts of ARUCC as they arise.

The session included 15 members from across Canada who signaled the importance of such a committee. As such, the ARUCC executive, at its June 2012 meeting, approved the creation of the Working Group as a non-voting, volunteer Working Group.

Work to Date

The recent and current work of the committee includes: