Adult Learning and Literacy

Canadian Adult Education Credential in Manitoba


What is the Canadian Adult Education Credential?

The Canadian Adult Education Credential (CAEC) is a high-quality, made-in-Canada education credential that meets industry standards as a replacement for the General Educational Development, or GED® in Canada. Employers, post-secondary institutions, and others can count on the CAEC as a reliable indicator of Canadian adults’ level of educational achievement.

This new credential replaces the GED®in Manitoba, which will no longer be available in Canada after May 3, 2024.

Who is the CAEC for?

The CAEC is for adults who do not have a high school diploma but need an education credential to open new doors to educational or employment opportunities or as an academic achievement indicator.

In Manitoba, test-takers who successfully complete the CAEC may be eligible to receive a High School Equivalency certificate. The certificate is not a high school diploma.

Manitoba adults who wish to complete a high school diploma can visit an Adult Learning Centre. For more information, please visit Adult Learning and Literacy | Manitoba Advanced Education and Training (  

What does the CAEC cover?

The CAEC is tailored to the needs of Canadian adults and is reflective of diverse cultures and perspectives. The CAEC is available in English and French and consists of tests on Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science.

You can study for the CAEC in a way that works for you. Review the CAEC test outcomes and practice with a sample test.

Who is eligible for the CAEC?

In Manitoba, the CAEC is available to individuals who:

  • have not completed high school,
  • are nineteen (19) years of age, and
  • are residents of the province.

When and where will the CAEC be available?

CAEC testing in Manitoba is expected to start in summer 2024. More detailed information, including a testing schedule will be available soon.

Will the GED® still be recognized after the CAEC is introduced?

Yes, the GED® credential will continue to be recognized as valid. In addition to recognizing the new CAEC, employers can continue to recognize the GED® for individuals who have attained that credential.

What if you have an incomplete GED®?

Manitobans who have passed some of the GED® tests will be able to apply to the Adult Learning and Literacy Branch to have the tests recognized toward their CAEC for three years up to May 2027.


Visit the Canadian Adult Education Credential (CAEC) website.

General questions about the CAEC in Manitoba can be sent to