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March 1, 2016

CELBAN

In January, Touchstone Institute submitted to CCLB it first full annual report on CELBAN, covering activities from January 1 to December 31, 2015 (the project actually started in the fall of 2014). This was in accordance with the service agreement between the Centre (owner of the CELBAN test) and Touchstone (the operator of the national administration centre, the CELBAN Centre).

The report covers major milestones and a look ahead to 2016. It describes the number of CELBAN test administrations per CELBAN test site (broken down by test type). Also included are details on fees collected, expenses incurred (including transfers to test sites), new sites, the status of the CELBAN Assessors database (including number of new assessors trained), and a status report on Performance Targets. During the last quarter of the reporting period (October 1-December 31, 2015), 500 tests were administered.

The CELBAN Centre administered 1,985 CELBAN tests across Canada in 2015. Looking ahead to 2016, registrations are expected to exceed 2,000. As of mid-January, over 1,200 registrations for tests taking in 2016 had already been processed.

Though the current service agreement runs until December 31, 2016, CCLB and Touchstone have begun to discuss a new three-year agreement for the period January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2019, with the objective of having the new agreement in place my mid-2016.

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