BCCIE was established in 1991 under the Society Act. The sector has grown and evolved since, and so has the organization. 2012 was pivotal for BCCIE, as the organization became a Crown corporation under the responsibility of the Ministry of Advanced Education.

BCCIE’s first Service Plan was published in 2013. Through this Service Plan, BCCIE supports the maturation and growth of international education and works closely with both national and provincial authorities. These jurisdictions have been nudged into step with what practitioners and leaders have known for some time: The importance of international education as a driver of our economy, education sector, demographics and communities, and a catalyst for individual change and experiential learning.