Update of the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Canada 2011

April 1, 2014 (Previous notice)

The Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Canada is currently being updated. The updated CIP will be available in 2016.

At this time, Statistics Canada is soliciting input from data producers and data users to ensure their needs continue to be met by CIP, and from individuals, user groups, representatives of educational institutions or ministries of education and educational experts to ensure that the illustrative examples in CIP remain current. Proposals for updates to CIP should be submitted to standards-normes@statcan.gc.ca. Guidelines for submissions are presented below to assist you in providing your input.

Input is requested by January 05, 2015 but will be accepted until March 31, 2015. Decisions on proposed updates will be made between April 2014 and April 2015. To enable us to fully consider your suggestions in time for inclusion in this update, please send them early in the consultation period. You may send more than one submission, if that enables you to comment earlier.


This is an update of the classification only. It is not a revision. Accordingly, class descriptions and titles cannot be changed; no new classes will be added; no classes will be moved within the classification; no classes will be merged; and no content will be moved between classes.

Updates that will be considered include:

  • Suggestions for new postsecondary educational programs to be added as examples that were not included in CIP Canada 2011. When making such proposals, please suggest to which existing CIP class the educational program should be added as an example. Please also include any information available concerning the content of the program and any institutions where it is offered.
  • Suggestions for revisions to examples that were included in CIP Canada 2011. Perhaps some examples reflect terminology that is no longer in use, or perhaps some examples should have been more specific. Please include any available supporting information.

Proposals should include supporting information on the rationale for the suggested example(s).

Submissions may be in either official language. They should contain contact information to allow follow up with the submitter to obtain further information or clarification, if required.

CIP Canada 2011 may be viewed on the Statistics Canada website at: Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Canada 2011.

Criteria for updates to CIP

Please consider the following criteria when preparing your input to the update of the Classification of Instructional Programs.

Proposed changes should:

  1. Be consistent with classification principles of mutual exclusivity, exhaustiveness, and homogeneity within classes.
  2. Be relevant, that is, the updates must be of analytical interest, result in enhanced data usefulness to users and be based on appropriate research or subject matter expertise.
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