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Advanced Studies Branch

The Advanced Studies Branch has five divisions within the department:


The branch provides:

  • oversight of the public and private post-secondary education in the province, including institutional and industrial education;
  • support to the Council on Higher Education;
  • policy development;
  • student financial assistance;
  • skills development;
  • coordination of planning and advancement of adult literacy; and,
  • Adult Basic Education


  • administering provincial and inter-provincial Red Seal examinations
  • registration and certification of apprentices
  • curriculum development for apprenticeship training and Adult Basic Education
  • regulation of private training institutions
  • student financial assistance
  • post-secondary data analysis, research and policy development; and,
  • participation on provincial and pan-Canadian committees


  • Public and private post-secondary education institutions
  • Post-secondary students
  • Adult learners
  • Individuals in repayment of student loans
  • Literacy/ABE providers
  • Employers
  • Special interest groups
  • Government departments and agencies
  • General public


Assistant Deputy Minister: Bob Gardiner

Department of Advanced Education and Skills
Telephone: 1-709-729-3026
Fax: 1-709-729-2828
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