Minister’s Binding Policy Directives, and Operating Procedures

Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) are established and governed by the Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Act, 2002 and Regulations for the Act: O.Reg. 34/03. A policy framework, consisting of a number of documents, sets out the roles and responsibilities of colleges in more detail than in the Act and regulation. Three types of policy framework guides are used to convey this information:

  • Minister's Binding Policy Directives define the ministry's expectations for the college system to comply with the Act and regulation.
  • Operating procedures set out specific requirements and procedures to comply with the Act, regulation and/or Minister's Binding Policy Directives.
  • Resource documents set out suggested, or best, practices that colleges may choose to use at their discretion.

CAAT Policy Framework Library

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Governance and Accountability

  • Governance and Accountability Framework Minister's Binding Policy Directive (Revised: 2010)
    • Business Plan Operating Procedure (Revised 2009)
    • Annual Report Operating Procedure (Revised 2010)
    • Audited Financial Statements (Revised 2007)
  • Management Board of Cabinet Procurement Directive (Issued 2009)
  • Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses Directive (Issued 2010)

Finance and Administration

  • Banking and Investments Minister's Binding Policy Directive (Revised 2009)
    • Banking and Investments Operating Procedure (Revised 2009)


  • Funding Approval of Programs of Instruction Minister's Binding Policy Directive (Revised 2009)
    • Funding Approval of Programs of Instruction Procedures (Revised 2007)
    • Enrolment Reporting and Audit Guidelines Operating Procedure (Revised 2015)
  • Framework for Programs of Instruction Minister's Binding Policy Directive (Revised 2009)
    • Program Suspension and Cancellation Operating Procedure (Revised 2007)

Resource Documents

  • Board-President Relations Resource Document (Revised 2003)
  • Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition Resource Document (Revised 2003)