Canada has no federal ministry of education. Its ten provinces and three territories are responsible for all levels of education. A degree of co-ordination is achieved through the Council of Ministers of Education. www.cmec.ca
There is no formal accreditation system. Instead, membership of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, coupled with a provincial government charter, is generally deemed the equivalent
There are 90 universities in AUCC. The official Study in Canada website www.studyincanada.com lists 148 undergraduate schools. More than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate degree programmes are offered in Canada as well as professional degree programmes and certificates
In 2004-05 there were 785,000 full-time university students, 0,000 part-time students and 37,000 full-time faculty members.
Some C$9.3 billion (£4.4 billion) was spent on university research in 2004-05 (35 per cent of total research spending).
Tuition costs averaged C$4,172 in 2004-05, with international student fees at about C$12,000 a year. Federal and provincial spending on all student assistance in 2003 was about C$4.4 billion
More information about studying in Canada can be found at www.livelearnandsucceed.gc.ca/LLSHome.aspx
UK passport holders do not require a visa but must possess a study permit to enter Canada as a foreign student (C$125 processing fee). Additional documents are required for Quebec ( Certificat d'acceptation du Québec )
National Research Council Canada: www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
Canada Research Chairs: www.chairs.gc.ca
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research: www.ciar.ca