Canadian Virtual University

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Canadian Virtual University
Université virtuelle canadienne
Formation2000 (2000)
Dissolved17 June 2019; 4 years ago (2019-06-17)
Legal statusDefunct
PurposePromoting online distance education
see below

The Canadian Virtual University (French: Université virtuelle canadienne; abbreviated bilingually as CVU-UVC) was a consortium of Canadian universities that specialized in online distance education. Founded in 2000 to promote online programs in post-secondary education, CVU-UVC was made up of public universities accredited by both their home provincial governments and Universities Canada that operated a central information resource about programs and course offerings and facilitated transfer credits from other member institutions. Member universities retained full institutional autonomy in terms of academic policies and regulations, including admissions, tuition and related fees, content and design of courses, assessment, transfer credit assignments, and appeals. CVU-UVC was governed by a board of directors, an advisory committee, and an executive director.

The member institutions of CVU-UVC disbanded the consortium on 17 June 2019, citing the increased prevalence of online learning programs in Canada as evidence that CVU-UVC had accomplished its goal of promoting online distance education.[1]

Member universities[edit]

University Main Campus Languages Notes
Athabasca University Athabasca, Alberta English Primarily distance-education university
Carleton University Ottawa, Ontario English
Laurentian University Sudbury, Ontario English, French
Memorial University of Newfoundland St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador English
Mount Royal University Calgary, Alberta English
Royal Military College of Canada Kingston, Ontario English, French
Royal Roads University Colwood, British Columbia English
Université TÉLUQ Quebec City, Quebec French Primarily distance-education university
Thompson Rivers University Kamloops, British Columbia English
University of Manitoba Winnipeg, Manitoba English
University of New Brunswick Fredericton, New Brunswick English


  1. ^ Alcock, Courtenay (17 June 2019). "Canadian Virtual University discontinued". Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. Memorial University of Newfoundland. Retrieved 30 September 2019.

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