Canada and NWT discontinuing GED, introducing new equivalency exam

Public Service Announcement

Yellowknife — February 6, 2024

The Canadian version of the General Education Diploma (GED®) program will be discontinued and replaced by the new Canadian Adult Education Credential (CAEC) in the spring of 2024.

The GED was developed in 2002 by the American assessment firm Pearson and has long been used across Canada as the high school equivalency test. However, Pearson has informed Canadian jurisdictions that they can no longer support the test due to outdated technology.

The GED program will be discontinued in May 2024. GED tests will be available to write in the Northwest Territories (NWT) until March 31, 2024 to prepare for the transition to the CAEC.

The CAEC is in development in collaboration with Canadian provinces and territories that have opted in, including the NWT. It has been designed similarly to the GED, using the same breakdown for exams, and will be available in paper format and online.

Residents and adult learners can find more information by visiting the Department of Education Culture and Employment (ECE) website, or contacting a Career Development Officer at your local ECE Regional Service Centre.

For media requests, please contact:

Briony Grabke
Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Department of Education, Culture and Employment
Government of the Northwest Territories
867-767-9352 Ext. 71073