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Universities Canada (French: Universités Canada) is an organization that represents Canada's colleges and universities. It is a non profit national organization that coordinates university policies, guidance and direction.

Universities Canada
Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada Arms.svg
Arms of UC
MottoVox Eruditionis
FormationJune 6, 1911 (First meeting)
Typenon profit educational organization
Legal statusactive
Purposeadvocate and public voice, educator and network
HeadquartersCanada Ottawa, Ontario
Region served
Canada Canada
Official language
English, French

Formed in 1911, as the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), it represents 97 public and private not-for-profit Canadian Universities and University Colleges in Canada. It provides member services in public policy and advocacy, communications, research and information-sharing, and scholarships and international programs.[1] In April 2015, the organization renamed itself "Universities Canada".[2]

Universities Canada is not a higher education accreditation body. Membership in the association requires universities to meet strict criteria and adhere to set principles of institutional quality assurance that must be reaffirmed every five years. This reinforces the recognition of a Canadian university degree around the world as a high-quality academic achievement.[3]

The association produces a number of publications, such as University Affairs magazine and the Directory of Canadian Universities.

The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada's Arms, Supporters and Badge were registered with the Canadian Heraldic Authority on May 10, 2004.[4]


Academic FreedomEdit

On 25 October 2011, the AUCC announced a new Statement on Academic Freedom which was adopted unanimously by the membership at its centennial meeting.[5] However, at least one critic has expressed the opinion that the Statement, drafted by academic administrators, essentially gives academic administrators the right to determine the limits of such freedom.


Universities Canada works in an advocacy role with governments to promote higher education and awareness of the contributions Canada's universities make to the country.[6]

Its priorities are increasing funding for universities' operating and capital costs, research, and international programs, along with improved student assistance.

It is also involved in the government's copyright reform process.[7]

Scholarship programsEdit

The association is also active in managing government-funded international partnership programs and more than 130 scholarship programs on behalf of private sector companies.[8]

In partnership with Community Foundations of Canada and Rideau Hall Foundation, the association manages the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships Program.[9]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "About us - Universities Canada". Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Our history". Universities Canada. Retrieved 2015-05-17.
  3. ^ "Membership and governance".
  4. ^ Arms and Badge
  5. ^ "Statement on Academic Freedom".
  6. ^ AUCC. Corporate brochure
  7. ^ Copyright Reform Process - Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)
  8. ^ "Scholarship Partners Canada".
  9. ^ "Queen Elizabeth Scholars".
  10. ^ Canadian Heraldic Authority (Volume IV), Ottawa, 2004, p. 376

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