Looking to emigrate to Canada? The Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is used to verify and validate that your foreign degree, diploma, or certificate (or other proof of your credential) is valid and equal to a Canadian one. There are different types of ECAs. You will need to get an ECA report and reference number for immigration purposes. This does not guarantee that you will find a job. If you plan to work in a regulated job, you must get your license in the province or territory that you plan to settle in.