The British Columbia government has published a list of 45 post-secondary institutions that have not been authorized to grant degrees, but nonetheless operate within the province. In a statement to the Vancouver Sun, the Regional Economic and Skills Development Ministry notes that B.C. is “the first jurisdiction in Canada” to compile such a list. The list is intended to aid students in making the right choices when pursuing an education. “With the internet, anonymity and multi-jurisdictional issues, unauthorized institutions are often able to operate under the radar. It takes significant resources to take action against them,” the statement read.