The Centre for Editing Early Canadian Texts is unique from other literary projects in that it was the first project in Canada dedicated to the preparation of scholarly editions of early English-Canadian prose.
The Centre for Editing Early Canadian Texts (CEECT) was established in 1979-1980 by five members of the Carleton University faculty: Robert G. Laird, Robert L. McDougall, Mary Jane Edwards, S.F. Wise, and J. Jeremy Palin. They were later joined by Michael Gnarowski, James Johnston, John A. Stewart, and D. Roland Thomas. Mary Jane Edwards served as the director and general editor of the project from 1979 to present.