The application period for the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) Pilot Program is closed. The Department is not accepting applications at this time.
You must get an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) from an organization designated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) if you:
- are a principal applicant, and
- obtained your education credential outside Canada.
You do not need an ECA if you:
have a Canadian post-secondary education credential of at least one year.
- can demonstrate you have a personal net worth of CDN $50 million or more acquired through lawful, private sector business or investment activities and have applied for an exemption.
An ECA is used to check that your completed foreign education credential is valid and equal to a completed post-secondary education credential of at least one year in Canada.
The ECA report must:
- be issued on or after the date the organization was designated by CIC;
- be less than five years old on the date that CIC receives your application; and
- show that your completed foreign credential is equal to a completed Canadian post-secondary credential of at least one year.
If you need an ECA to apply, you must include an original ECA report along with proof of your completed foreign credential.
An original ECA report is required from all applicants with a foreign education credential, and will be used to determine whether you meet the education requirement. If you do not submit an original ECA report when you apply, your application will not be considered for the next steps.
Designated organizations for Educational Credential Assessments approved by CIC
You can get your assessment from any of these CIC-designated ECA organizations:
- Comparative Education Service – University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies
- International Credential Assessment Service of Canada
- World Education Services
- International Qualifications Assessment Service
- International Credential Evaluation Service
When requesting an assessment, please ensure you select the organization's ECA service for Canadian immigration purposes.
How to get an Educational Credential Assessment
Choose a designated organization
Check the websites of the CIC-designated ECA organizations or contact them directly to find out which one best suits your needs.
- which documents you need.
- how much it will cost. Costs may vary by organization.
- how long an assessment will take.
Once you have chosen a CIC-designated organization
- gather all the documents they need;
- make sure that you ask your school for multiple copies of your diplomas, certificates, degrees, transcripts, etc.;
- follow any instructions given to submit the documents; and
- pay the fees.
It is up to you to decide which completed foreign credentials you choose to have assessed by a designated organization. To meet the minimum education requirement as an immigrant investor, your ECA report must indicate that your foreign education credential is equivalent to a completed Canadian post-secondary credential of at least one year. Make sure the outcome stated in your ECA report matches one of the acceptable assessment outcomes before you apply.
What your report means
The CIC-designated organization will give you an original ECA report that will tell you:
- whether your foreign credentials are valid; and
- whether they are equal to a completed Canadian post-secondary education credential of at least one year.
Check whether the outcome noted on your ECA report corresponds to one of the equivalents of a Canadian one-year post-secondary educational credential listed below.
The ECA report assessment outcomes are:
- College certificate
- Completion of college-level certificate
- University certificate
- University diploma
- One-year certificate in [name of discipline]
- College diploma
- College diploma (two years)
- Diploma (two years)
- Two-year diploma in [name of discipline]
- Secondary school diploma and diploma (two years)
- Associate degree
- Associate of [Arts/Science] degree
- College diploma (three years)
- Diploma (three years)
- Three-year diploma in [name of discipline]
- Bachelor's degree
- Applied Bachelor's degree
- Bachelor's degree (three years)
- Three-year Bachelor's degree, specializing in [name of discipline]
- Bachelor's degree (four years)
- Four-year Bachelor's degree, specializing in [name of discipline]
- Post-Bachelor's certificate
- Post-Bachelor's diploma
- Graduate certificate
- Postgraduate certificate
- Postgraduate diploma
- Two-year postgraduate diploma, specializing in [name of discipline]
- One-year postgraduate certificate in [name of discipline]
- Study towards a Master's degree
- Master's degree
- Master's degree (Taught)
- Master of [name of discipline]
- Master's degree, specializing in [name of discipline]
- Earned Doctorate degree
- Earned Doctorate (Ph.D.)
- Professional Doctorate degree
- Doctor of [name of discipline, such as Business Administration, Law, Psychology]
If your assessment report shows that your completed foreign credential is equal to a completed Canadian post-secondary credential of at least one year, you can apply under the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program.
Submit your report
You must submit the original ECA report with your application. Do not ask the assessment organization to send your ECA report to CIC directly.
Include copies of your diplomas, certificates, degrees, transcripts, etc.
Keep a copy of the report for your records and future use.
CIC will verify all ECA reports submitted with an application with the organization that produced the report.
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