An Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is an assessment of the general comparability of an international educational programme consisting of your degree, diploma, or certificate to a completed Canadian educational credential, in the format that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada requires.
The International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) has been designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to provide Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) reports for Canadian immigration purposes (Express Entry, Permanent Residency and Agri-Food Pilot). Many of the Provincial Immigrant Nominee Programs also accept the ECA. Please refer to the individual province for further details.
There are different types of ECAs. You need to get an ECA for immigration purposes. If you got another type of ECA, you may be able to get it reissued, depending on the type of ECA and/or issuing organization.
You must include your ECA report and the reference number in your Express Entry profile.
Your ECA report may help when you’re looking for a job. But, it doesn’t guarantee that:
If you plan to work in a regulated job, you must get your license in the province or territory that you plan to settle in.
Many of the Provincial Immigrant Nominee Programs also accept the ECA. Please refer to the individual province for further details.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR APPLYING
Submit one of the following:
This document can be submitted directly by the applicant in the application portal.
Colour copy of the front and back of each final award such as a degree, diploma or certificate.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Once an organization or a professional body is designated by IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada), they will tell you how to submit your documents to get your assessment.
Choosing a designated organization based on your occupation
If you plan to work for a large employer or in a regulated occupation, you may need to have your assessment done by a specific designated organization. Check with your employer or the regulatory body for your occupation for more information.
You must use one of these designated organizations:
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