Canvas has arrived at UBC

UBC has chosen Canvas to replace Connect as the core of our learning technology environment. Canvas is a powerful, user-friendly tool for supporting teaching and learning that allows instructors to be even more creative and efficient in how they teach. Read about why we’re excited about our new learning management system.

The Canvas Project Team is making steady progress with the implementation of Canvas. Please see our working tool integration timeline for more information about when Canvas features and tools will be ready to go.

Canvas transition plan

Canvas soft launched in September of 2017, with nearly 1,000 course sections being offered in the new system during the fall semester. UBC’s transition from Connect to Canvas will be completed by the end of the 2017/18 academic year: As of September 2018, Connect will no longer be available as a tool for teaching courses.

If you haven’t yet moved your Connect courses to Canvas and don’t have a plan in place for doing so, please contact your faculty’s Instructional Support Unit (UBC Vancouver) or the Centre for Teaching and Learning (UBC Okanagan) for assistance.

Canvas transition progress

The chart below shows how many course and lab sections in each UBC faculty were transitioned to Canvas during 2017/18 Winter Term 1 and Term 2 (last updated January 5, 2018). As of Summer 2018, all courses in the UBC course calendar will have a course shell created automatically in Canvas.


UBC Course Sections in Canvas by FacultyWinter 2017/18 - Term 1 Winter 2017/18 - Term 2 Total for Terms 1 & 2
UBC Total106616602726
UBC Vancouver
Faculty of Applied Science5712
Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Architecture011
Faculty of Arts4426971139
Faculty of Dentistry112
Faculty of Education22105127
Faculty of Forestry4753100
Interdisciplinary graduate studies022
Faculty of Kinesiology077
Faculty of Land and Food Systems3589124
Faculty of Medicine5198149
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences235
Faculty of Science61135196
Sauder School of Business157489
Peter A. Allard School of Law8816
Vantage College8370153
UBC Vancouver Total77213502122
UBC Okanagan
Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences86102188
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies5771128
Faculty of Education10515
College of Graduate Studies347
School of Engineering6579144
Faculty of Health and Social Development474693
Faculty of Management26329
UBC Okanagan Total294310604