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Dual Credits

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The Ministry of Education supports all students in making a successful transition to a postsecondary destination.

Dual credit programs are approved by the Ministry of Education and allow students enrolled in secondary school to take publicly-funded college or apprenticeship courses that count towards both their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and a postsecondary certificate, diploma, degree, or Certificate of Apprenticeship.

For example, students can take a course about entrepreneurship taught by a college professor and a high school teacher on a college campus. By passing the course, a student would earn both a high school credit and a college credit.

Across the province, all 70 school boards with secondary schools and all 24 Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology are participating in dual credit programs. These programs are part of the School College Work Initiative funded by the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, and the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

Dual Credit Programs: Policy and Program Requirements, 2020 supersedes Dual Credit Policy and Implementation, 2013.

Dual Credit Programs: Policy and Program Requirements, 2020 has been updated to align more clearly with Ministry of Education initiatives, to clarify program requirements and to strengthen the role of dual credits in transitioning to postsecondary pathways. The updated policy will continue to serve as a guide to board staff, administrators and educators who are involved in developing and delivering dual credit programs.

If you have any questions regarding the updated policy, please contact Alisha Bhanji at