Canadian Education Association

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Canadian Education Association
not-for-profit organization
Founded 1891
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Founded in 1891, the Canadian Education Association (CEA) is a network of passionate educators advancing ideas for greater student and teacher engagement in public education.

CEA does this by conducting research and spreading useful ideas through its publications, websites, workshops, symposia, and social media channels, supporting education systems to be more adaptive to the rapidly changing needs of all learners, and to reverse the trend of students ‘tuning out’ of their learning opportunities.

As a well-respected non-partisan ‘honest broker’ with a long track record for producing quality research and events across Canada, CEA is well positioned to support ministries/departments of education in furthering some of the ambitious objectives contained within their respective education plans.

CEA is one of a very few pan-Canadian educational organizations in Canada today and the only one that has been an important presence for 125 years. As a federally incorporated not-for-profit organization with charitable tax status under the Canada Revenue Act, CEA’s endurance reflects a sophisticated understanding of critical and timely educational issues and trends. The Association's strength lies in the strategic roles it plays in the Canadian education scene: as a thought and action leader, a connector, and a knowledge mobilizer.[1]

As a thought and action leader, CEA supports a wide array of members – networks of ‘thinkers and doers’ in the education research, policy, and practice fields from across Canada – including ministries/departments of education, school districts, faculties of education, researchers, parents, teachers, administrators, as well as education and community stakeholder organizations, and corporations.


The association was originally established in 1891 as the Dominion Education Association, led by the Ontario Minister of Education, G. W. Ross. In 1918 the DEA became representative of every province. It wasn't until several years later that each province agreed to provide financial support to the association. In 1938 the CEA was renamed to the Canada and Newfoundland Education Association (CNEA) but was renamed the Canadian Education Association in 1946 upon receiving the approval of Newfoundland.

The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) was established in 1967, which encouraged the provinces to continue financial support. The CEA became federally incorporated in 1981 after the Yukon and Northwest Territories joined in 1980.


Education Canada Magazine[edit]

The print and online versions of Education Canada Magazine are committed to providing current and relevant articles that examine the latest policy and practice issues that are trending in provincial education systems and affect us all. Education Canada content reframes complex education policy and practice debates with powerful new ideas and insights that bridge the gap between research, policy, and practice, in both English and French. Education Canada’s commitment to quality makes it one of Canada's preferred education magazine among readers representing the entire spectrum of this sector.[2]

The Facts on Education Series[edit]

With the support of the Canadian School Board Association (CSBA), CEA team up with faculty of education researchers to produce evidence-based fact sheets like ″Is inquiry-based learning effective?″ and other current and relevant topics in education. These fact sheets help parents and educators learn more about critical issues in education and they continue to be a valuable knowledge mobilization tools that strengthen CEA’s authoritative stance on various issues. Implications of the research for schools are a major focus of the materials produced. In addition to the insert, additional resources for parents and educators are made available online for each newsletter topic.[3]

The Canadian Education Directory (formerly KI-ES-KI Handbook)[edit]

Since 1948, CEA has published its annual comprehensive bilingual directory with over 4,000 entries of key contacts in education. As the only comprehensive online education directory in Canada, it serves as an important reference and networking tool for educators and education organizations, researchers, policymakers.[4]

The Education Canada Bulletin E-Newsletter[edit]

Published since 1957, CEA’s monthly e-Bulletin represents a trusted and important information dissemination tool for CEA.

The CEA School Calendar[edit]

Since 1966, CEA has produced and disseminated the School Calendar, which provides all opening and closing dates, statutory holidays, and spring breaks for elementary and secondary schools across Canada. This free resource, compiled annually, is an essential tool for parents and educators plan their busy schedules and one of CEA’s most downloaded documents from its website.


CEA attracts the broad involvement of education leaders from across the country through its Advisory Council while ensuring effective stewardship and accountability through a twelve-person Board of Directors. The current CEA Chair is Roger Paul and the current President and CEO is Ron Canuel.


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