Statistics Canada's Definition and Classification of Postsecondary and Adult Education Providers in Canada

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Some years ago, the Centre for Education Statistics realized that the way in which it categorized postsecondary and adult education institutions no longer reflected the reality that was emerging. The Centre undertook a lengthy consultation that resulted in the classification described in this paper.

At the same time, the Centre developed a Register of Postsecondary and Adult Education Providers that would serve as a frame for the Centre's administrative surveys of enrolments, graduates, finance and faculty. The Centre has worked to identify and categorize every provider of postsecondary and adult education, and to hold the names of institutions and their categorization information in that Register, as described in this paper.

For financial reasons, the Centre has had to suspend the Register, effective October 2008.

Nonetheless, the need to categorize providers remains. This paper lays out the approach the Centre for Education statistics is taking in categorizing postsecondary and adult education providers.


François Nault
Centre for Education Statistics