ECA Overview


  • Timelines: Our current processing times may be affected. Please understand that the information listed under processing time is only an estimate. These dates are always in flux and dependant on incoming volume. Currently, credentials from Africa are taking longer than 20 weeks from the date all the requirements have been received. 
  • Important note: If you are applying with credentials from Africa
    • Due to an extreme increase in evaluation requests from Africa, ICES can no longer meet the completion target of 20 weeks.  Note that if you have already applied and all required documents have been received, we are working hard to complete evaluations as close to the 20 week estimated timeline as possible. New applicants with credentials from Africa need to be aware that the timeline for completion cannot be estimated at this time, but will exceed 20 weeks. 

The International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) has been designated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) / Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to provide Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) reports for Canadian immigration purposes (Express Entry and Permanent Residency).

An Educational Credential Assessment is a statement of the general comparability of international educational credentials to a completed Canadian educational credential, in the format that Citizenship and Immigration Canada / Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada requires.

ICES does not evaluate:

  • Trade qualifications
  • Military training
  • Second language training
  • Professional licenses
  • Apprenticeships
  • Work or life experience
  • Continuing education courses taken at non-recognized institutions
  • Non-credit professional development courses
  • Incomplete or provisional academic credentials
Starting March 2020, ICES will be processing requests for ECA reports for the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot. For more information about the pilot, please visit the IRCC website here. Please follow along with the next steps and ensure that all the requirements are reviewed before proceeding to the application. Please proceed with the paper application

Note the credential must be at least comparable to one-year of full-time study. To proceed with the application for an Educational Credential Assessment please click Step 1 below.

Step 1: Requirements