Explore how the CATCan Network supports learner pathways and mobility across Canada.
The CATCan Network brings together Canada's provincial admissions/articulations and transfer councils' operational leads to support pathways opportunities for students.
Who we are
The Councils on Admissions/Articulations and Transfer of Canada Network (CATCan Network) is a voluntary network of operational leads from councils on admissions/articulations and transfer and similar organizations in Canada (CATs).
Membership is comprised of representatives from participating CATs' operational leads and PCCAT, and may include collaboration with a variety of organizations, e.g., government, institution, student body and Council representatives. Working groups may also be formed from the CATs’ representatives and other organizations.
CATCan Network members are also members of the Pan-Canadian Consortium on Admissions and Transfer (PCCAT), which is the national body regarding facilitation of mobility and transfer policies and practices in Canada with broader post-secondary education membership. The work of the CATCan Network is aligned with but separate from that of PCCAT. The CATCan Network’s activities focus on operational work involving collaboration among identified CATs for specific initiatives that are being funded and completed by one or more of the CATs.
What we do
The CATCan Network is action-driven, facilitating post-secondary and adult-learning-system learner pathways and mobility activities that support operational initiatives and projects by and among the CATs.
The CATCan Network’s activities include the following:
Facilitating operational collaboration and sharing of information and resources across jurisdictions.
Supporting access to learner pathways, mobility, and credit transfer between jurisdictions.
Supporting initiatives enhancing cross-jurisdictional student mobility and access to pathways.
CATCan Network partners work closely together throughout the year to address shared priorities. Current CATCan Network working groups include:
Technology and Data Working Group
Research Working Group
Alternative Pathways Working Group.
CATCan Network members also connect at their annual meeting to strengthen existing relationships; discuss progress and issues; and complete planning for action items, communication, and sessions. Each partner takes a turn chairing the annual meeting, with the Chair and host location rotating yearly with potential alignment with PCCAT's annual meeting and conference.
How we began
The CATCan Network started in 2008 as the Western Canadian Consortium on Admissions and Transfer (WestCAT) – a western Canadian-focused partnership. The membership has since expanded to include operational leads from seven provincial councils across the country, becoming the CATCan Network in 2018 and confirming its terms of reference in 2019.
Current CATCan Network partners include Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and PCCAT. CATCan Network’s partners share a common goal of working together to support learner pathways and mobility for students, no matter where they live in Canada.