CHEC is a non-profit association of higher education institutions, based in Dundas, Ontario. Members include 34 fully accredited, degree-granting, Christ-centred institutions representing a broad spectrum of undergraduate and graduate Christian higher education within Canada working together to further the CHEC mission.
Christian Higher Education Canada, Inc. qualifies for tax-exempt status as a registered charity under paragraph 149(1)(f) of the Income Tax Act.
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CHEC institutions serve over 17,500 students from across the country. We are building our profile and will add facts about CHEC as they are gathered.
CHEC's mission is to advance the efficiency and effectiveness of Christian higher education at member schools, including fostering institutional cooperation, and to raise public awareness of the value of Christian higher education in Canada.
Christian Higher Education Canada (CHEC) was formally launched on October 26, 2005 in Halifax, Nova Scotia with representation from the Association of Bible Colleges in Canada (ACBC), the Christian Higher Education Enrolment Association (CHEEA) and the Higher Education Roundtable of The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC). Initially CHEC operated as a ministry of EFC under the leadership of a 10-member Council. ACBC had operated primarily as an annual conference from 1960 to 2005. CHEEA had operated Christian College and University Fairs beginning in 2000. These fairs continue under CHEC.
In 2006 CHEC launched its primary website, www.checanada.ca. In 2007 Ipsos-Reid completed a national study of Canadian perceptions of Christian higher education. This study led to a national program to raise public awareness of and appreciation for Canadian Christian higher education. The first phase included a special website, www.checusout.ca, which provides a smart search of over 150 majors offered at CHEC schools. Also over 12,000 DVDs were distributed without charge through Canadian church youth groups and Christian bookstores.
CHEC was federally incorporated in 2008 as a non-profit corporation under the leadership of a Board. At this point its membership had grown to 33 universities, seminaries, graduate schools, Bible colleges, and Christian liberal arts colleges, all of which are members of EFC.