Project Description

The project will create pan-Canadian Quality Assurance guidelines for the Recognition of Prior Learning that can serve to guide and enhance the assessment of immigrants through RPL across contexts, contribute to organizational effectiveness, and promote labour force development.

We will be informed by focus groups, networking opportunities, and stakeholder meetings to enhance stakeholders’ understanding of QA issues and good practice, disseminate findings, and share “lessons learned” as the project progresses. Multiple interactions with stakeholders will ensure far reaching engagement to support the reliable final resource, a manual that has validity in all communities across Canada.

In addition to degrees, certificates and diplomas, we need to have other reliable ways to assess the skills and competencies of newcomers to Canada, as well as Canadian-born workers, because they have a lot of experience that employers require. We are very excited about this project because it provides an opportunity to bring stakeholders together to develop standards that will help assessors in industry, the regulatory community and academic institutions, when they evaluate prior experiential learning. It will be a ‘win-win’ for the Canadian labour force and for citizens who have developed skills and abilities after years of working and living in their communities”.


Patrick Donahoe, CAPLA Board Chair and Executive Director of Student Affairs at Vancouver Island University



Participating National Organizations

  • Association of Accrediting Agencies of Canada (AAAC)
  • Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC)
  • Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada (ARUCC)
  • Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)
  • Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF)
  • Canadian Coalition of Community-Based Employability Training (CCCBET)
  • Canadian Commission for UNESCO
  • Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC)
  • Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)
  • Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN)
  • Canadian Network of National Associations of Regulators (CNNAR)
  • Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB)
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
  • Conference Board of Canada
  • Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
  • Fair Registration Practices Act, Nova Scotia (FRPA)
  • Forum of Labour Market Ministers (FLMM)
  • International Indigenous RPL Collective
  • Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK)
  • National Association of Career Colleges
  • Office of the Manitoba Fairness Commissioner (OMFC)
  • Ontario Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC)
  • Ontario Regulators for Access Consortium (ORAC)
  • World Education Services (WES)