How and when will I be affected?

Transitioning to a new accreditation system is complex. Rest assured, all schools and programs will have the time they need to prepare for the proposed changes, and will be provided with tools and training to assist in the transition.

The implementation of CanERA includes a multi-phased approach of prototype testing prior to full implementation, which is planned for July 1, 2019. It is important to note that prior to July 1, 2019, the new system of accreditation, CanERA, will be applicable only to the regular onsite accreditation reviews of the two Prototype 3 Universities (i.e., Dalhousie University and McGill University); as such, prior to July 1, 2019, CanERA will not be applicable to any other accreditation reviews such as those programs with off-cycle accreditation reviews (i.e. mandated internal reviews, external reviews, or progress reports) or applications. As of July 1, 2019, CanERA will be applicable to all universities and their residency programs.

When will my university or program be affected?

When will my university or program be affected? When will my university or program be affected?

What are the three phases of prototype testing?

Prototype 1 (Fall 2015 - Spring 2017): The Development Prototype

What we evaluated [Complete]:

  • Standards content
  • Proposed process concepts
  • Needs assessment to inform support and training for surveyors, schools and programs

How was the evaluation conducted:

It was status quo for institutions and programs: the same schedule and current standards applied to accreditation decision-making. There was testing of new standards and process for data collection by a small number of three College staff and volunteers during the onsite surveys.


Prototype 2 (Summer 2017 - Spring 2018): The Surveyor Experience Prototype

What we’re evaluating:

  • The surveyor experience with the new Accreditation Management System (AMS), standards, and process, while maintaining the status quo for institutions and programs (e.g. the same schedule, and current standards apply to accreditation decision-making).

How we will be evaluating:

  • Additional “shadow” surveyors to test surveyor AMS capability and usability during onsite survey
  • Further evaluation of the newly approved standards to inform future decision-making

Prototype 3 (Summer 2018 - Spring 2019): The Institution/Program Prototype

What we’re evaluating:

  • The institution/program experience with the AMS, new standards, and new accreditation process (i.e. all components of CanERA)

How we will be evaluating:

  • AMS functionality testing by all stakeholders for the Prototype 3 Universities
  • Accreditation status for institutions and programs will be awarded with decisions based on new standards
  • Appropriate leniency with respect to compliance with new standards
  • Testing of initial phase of data integration tools (i.e. CanRAC resident and faculty surveys)

Full Implementation (July 2019 onwards, anticipated)

Our plan, which is dependent on prototype testing, is that the new standards and processes will apply to all programs and schools being reviewed after July 1, 2019. Full implementation depends on the successful completion of previous prototypes.