LSAC was created in 2011 through a merger of the Learning and Study Skills Association and the Learning Specialist Association of British Columbia.
In 2015, LSAC was one of the founding members of the International Consortium of Academic Language and Learning Developers along with AALL, ALDinHE, and ATLAANZ in Australia, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand respectively.
The principal purpose of the Learning Specialists Association of Canada is to:
- Provide national and regional leadership on issues relevant to our members;
- Promote the professional status of our members;
- Develop, encourage, and support sound professional and ethical standards among our members;
- Facilitate the networking of our members to share information and hold conferences and other gatherings;
- Support the professional development and practice of our members;
- Present, publish, and disseminate research and discussion material appropriate to our members; and,
- Serve as a link with other similar organizations internationally.