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What is CMEC?
The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) is an intergovernmental body founded in 1967 by ministers of education to serve as:
CMEC provides leadership in education at the pan-Canadian and international levels and contributes to the exercise of the exclusive jurisdiction of provinces and territories over education.
CMEC is governed by an Agreed Memorandum approved by all members. A Chair is elected every two years based on rotation among the provinces. The current Chair is the Honourable Doug W. Currie, Minister of Education, Early Learning, and Culture for Prince Edward Island. All 13 provinces and territories are members.
What does CMEC do?
Ministers of education work through CMEC on a wide variety of activities, projects, and initiatives. For example, CMEC
Among other work, CMEC is also currently involved in priority activities related to Indigenous education, literacy, and postsecondary capacity.
In April 2008, CMEC released Learn Canada 2020, a joint ministerial statement that underscores provincial and territorial responsibility for the four pillars of lifelong learning — early childhood learning and development, elementary and secondary schooling, postsecondary education, and adult learning and skills development — and proposes working collaboratively with key partners and stakeholders to ensure that all Canadians benefit from the strength and diversity of provincial and territorial education systems.
What is the CMEC Secretariat?
The CMEC Secretariat was created the same year as the Council itself to support the work of the intergovernmental body. Located in Toronto, the Secretariat is headed by an Executive Director, who is appointed by members of CMEC. Chantal C. Beaulieu is the current Executive Director.
Services provided to ministers by the Secretariat include
95 St. Clair Ave. West, Suite 1106 Toronto, Ontario M4V 1N6 Canada Telephone: 416.962.8100 Fax: 416.962.2800 E-mail : INFORMATION
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