Academic Credential Assessment Services

Educational requirements differ for every profession and trade. Ontario employers can help their skilled immigrant workers assess their schooling to ensure it meets provincial standards.

Each regulatory body in Ontario decides how to assess an applicant’s academic credentials. Some educational institutions and occupational regulatory bodies have their own academic assessment processes. Some use the services of a Credential Assessment Service.

Before an employee applies to a professional regulatory body for licensure or certification, they – or their employer – are advised to check with the appropriate regulatory body about their requirements and how they assess academic credentials.

Employers are urged to inform skilled immigrant applicants seeking assessment of any credential assessment service they prefer or use regularly.

Foreign Credentials Referral Office

The Foreign Credentials Referral Office provides internationally trained and educated individuals authoritative and accurate information on the Canadian labour market and Canada’s credential assessment processes. It also provides path-finding and referral services to immigrants. These services are offered overseas and in Canada to help immigrants apply their skills and credentials in the Canadian labour market. Find out more about credential assessment.

World Education Services – Canada

World Education Services – Canada (WES-Canada)
45 Charles Street East, Suite 700
Toronto, Ontario
M4Y 1S2
Tel: (416) 972-0070
Toll Free: 1-866-343-0070
Fax: (416) 972-9004
Toll free: 1-800-937-3895

WES-Canada converts foreign secondary and post-secondary educational qualifications into their Ontario equivalents. Document-by-document, course-by-course or customized reports are available for educational, immigration, licensing or employment purposes. Services and assessment reports are available in English and French.

Comparative Education Service

Comparative Education Service
School of Continuing Studies
158 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2V8
Tel: (416) 978-2400
Fax: (416) 978-2185

The Comparative Education Service (CES) of the University of Toronto provides assessments of international academic qualifications and compares them to those offered in Canada, which helps employers to better understand its clients’ credentials. Evaluates credentials for employment purposes. Services are available in French, but assessment reports are available in English only.

International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS) of Canada

ICAS of Canada
Ontario AgriCentre,
100 Stone Road West, Suite 303
Guelph ON, N1G 5L3Tel: (519) 763-7282 Toll Free (in Canada): 1-800-321-6021
Fax: (519) 763-6964

Evaluates all documents at any educational level for assistance with employment, educational or career planning. General, detailed and customized reports are available to meet all needs. Reports are available in English and French.

Credential Assessment Services – Other Links

Individuals who are applying to professional regulatory bodies for licensure or certification should contact the regulatory body for their profession or trade to check which assessment service is recognized.

Settlement.org: Evaluating Educational Credentials
This page, on Settlement.org’s public web site, contains information on academic credential assessment.

Assessment and recognition of credentials for the purpose of employment in Canada
This fact sheet answers the most frequently asked questions to help individuals learn more about how to obtain assessment and recognition of their qualifications.

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