The Association of Accrediting Agencies of Canada (AAAC) was founded in 1994 as a national network of professional education accrediting bodies. It provides a collaborative forum and a collective voice for the community which assesses the quality of professional higher education programs. AAAC advances the knowledge, skills, and good practices of accreditors, and communicates the value of accreditation as a means of enhancing educational quality.

Each province or territory in Canada has developed its own quality assurance mechanisms to ensure the legitimacy of institutions, public and private. In BC, acts of the provincial legislature establish and govern public institutions and the Degree Quality Assesment Board (DQAB) approves individual degree programs for both public and private institutions. The BC Council on Admissions and Transfer relies on these quality assurance mechanisms as a basis on which to grant membership to the BC Transfer System but is not, itself, charged with responsibility for quality assessment or recognition of institutions or programs.