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Fast Facts

Transferability of learning and mobility of learners are important for Canada to:

  • reduce costs for students, institutions and government;
  • help employers build on the existing skills set of their employees and recognize learning already completed, contributing to individuals’ career advancement;
  • respond to the skills gaps and shortages identified by many sectors of Canada’s economy; and
  • bring individuals into the employment market faster.

Across Canada, efforts have increased to improve student mobility within and between post-secondary education systems and to simplify pathways for learners. Colleges and institutes play a key role in facilitating pathways.


Today, thousands of articulation agreements facilitate the transferability of learning between post-secondary institutions (e.g. dual admission agreements, block transfer arrangements, joint degree/diploma programs, partnerships with industry and other stakeholders). There are also labour mobility programs as well as provincial/territorial transfer and credential recognition mechanisms.

Related Activities

Transferability, Articulation and Pathways Committee (2008-2015)
The Committee focused on raising awareness of the issues and exploring ways to enhance transferability, articulation and credential recognition within and between colleges and institutes. Transfer principles were developed and shared with members.

Joint CICan/Universities Canada Presidents’ Working Group (2012-2014)
The Presidents’ Working Group was a special committee established in 2012 by CICan and Universities Canada to explore issues related to enhancing post-secondary pathways between the college and university sectors.

Recognition of Learning Committee
The ROL-Strategic Network is a national network (primarily Internet based) through which college and institute Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)/ Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) advocates and practitioners can collectively be more effective in advancing recognition of learning and PLAR/RPL services at the postsecondary level in Canada. The ROL Network believes it can exert more influence on national issues and initiatives and share resources through regional collaboration.