Provincial Resources


Ontario Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities (MTCU)

The Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities (MTCU) does not dictate specific curriculum for college programs. However, there are some provincial regulations, standards, policies and practices that must be respected when curriculum is being developed, reviewed or revised.

The Minister's Binding Policy Directive sets out the policy framework for colleges in Ontario. 

MTCU sets standards for programs leading to an Ontario college credential. Information about the standards as well as published program standards can be found on the college program standards site.

The essential employability skills component of the standards is common for all programs leading to an Ontario College credential.

Standards for degree level programs have been identified by the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB). Standards for college programs that lead to a degree in applied learning can be found on the PEQAB website.

The Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer has set up a website, ONTransfer, to provide information about credit transfer in Ontario's postsecondary educational system. 

Ontario College Quality Assurance Service (OCQAS)

The Credentials Framework was established by MTCU to ensure that credentials awarded in Ontario's College system are credible, meaningful and consistent across the province. Colleges are responsible for ensuring that their programs are consistent with this framework. To help colleges fulfill this responsibility, Colleges Ontario supports the Credentials Validation Service (CVS). The Credential Validation Service reviews all new program proposals leading to an Ontario College credential to validate that the curriculum is consistent with the credential framework and meets Ministry standards. The CVS website provides more information on CVS, contact information and instructions on how to apply to have a program validated.

Curriculum review is needed to ensure ongoing quality in programs and courses. Colleges collectively, through Colleges Ontario, have established the College Quality Assurance Accreditation Process (CQAAP). It was developed to ensure quality and continuous improvement in Ontario's colleges. You can find more about this on the CQAAP website. The Resources that are available on this website provides detailed information about CQAAP principles, criteria and guidelines for quality assurance and accreditation practice.


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