Certification of educational institutions under the Income Tax Act – Which institutions need to be certified

The purpose of certifying post-secondary educational institutions under the Income Tax Act is to allow students to claim a tuition tax credit.

Which institutions need to be certified

Educational institutions that:

  • are not registered or no longer meet requirements for registration under provincial or territorial private vocational training legislation, and that
  • offer programs, courses or training allowing students to gain or improve their skills in a specific occupation.

Educational institutions designated by the Canada Student Loans Program do not need to be certified because their programs and courses are already eligible for the tuition tax credit.

To check if an educational institution is certified, consult the list of certified institutions or the appropriate provincial or territorial authorities:

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