College program standards

Program standards apply to all similar programs of instruction offered by publicly funded colleges across the province. Individual colleges also determine whether additional learning outcomes will be required to reflect specific local needs and/or interests.

Read the standards if you're designing a program for a college.

Degree authority

Learn about postsecondary institutions' degree-granting authority and how it is granted.

Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB)

Graduation rates and graduate employment outcomes

Key performance indicators for public post secondary institutions

International Student Program

Requirements to apply for or renew status as a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in the International Student Program. (ISP)

Ontario Qualifications Framework

The Ontario Qualifications Framework includes all non-religious postsecondary certificate, diploma and degree programs offered under the auspices of the Province of Ontario. This includes:

  • apprenticeship certificates
  • the qualifications awarded by private career colleges
  • the qualifications awarded by public colleges
  • degrees offered by public universities and institutions authorized to award degrees by a consent of the Minister of Colleges and Universities

Policy frameworks and operating procedures

Binding Policy Directives, Operating procedures and frameworks provide details about the roles and responsibilities of CAATs under the Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Act, 2002 and Regulations for the Act: O.Reg. 34/03.

All policy framework guidelines and operating procedures are available upon request from

Major capacity expansion policy framework for Ontario's colleges and universities

This updated policy framework provides a guide for all future major capacity expansions for Ontario's postsecondary education sector. (July 2020)

Tuition fee framework and ancillary fee guidelines, publicly assisted universities (Archived)

The Tuition Fee Framework and Ancillary Fee Guidelines are intended to give direction to publicly-assisted university-level institutions on how to implement the 10% Tuition Fee reduction in 2019–20 and the Tuition Fee freeze in 2020–21, as set by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. These guidelines will be in effect for the 2019-20 and 2020–21 academic years. (March 2019)

Public college-private partnerships: Minister's Binding Policy Directive

Tuition and ancillary fees (April 2022) 

MCU Approved Program Sequence table

The table provides pre-approved funding codes that colleges an universities use to communicate with the ministry via the Program Funding Approvals and Administration Module (PFAAM).

Download the APS table, (November, 2022) CSV  1.9MB

Workplace insurance for postsecondary students

Postsecondary students in publicly assisted colleges and universities are eligible for ministry sponsored WSIB coverage if they are required to take an unpaid work placement to graduate from their approved program.

Download the ministry's application form


Program Funding Approvals and Administration Module (PFAAM)

Ontario College Application Services (OCAS)