Canada’s colleges and institutes play a lead role in strengthening regional capacity to innovate by undertaking applied research that leverages their strong connections to industry and communities.
Demonstrating the Value of Canada’s Colleges and Institutes
Canada’s colleges and institutes create a positive impact on the national economy and generate value in return for the investments made by their major stakeholder groups — students, society, and taxpayers.
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Across Canada, colleges and institutes are committed to improving Indigenous education outcomes. Colleges and institutes contribute through proactive recruitment of First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth to ensure they are aware of post-secondary pathways.
Over 60% of existing college and institute infrastructure currently exceeds its 40-year life cycle and requires replacement or significant maintenance. As a result, many colleges and institutes are at or near enrolment capacity.
Entrepreneurship is a global competitive advantage, and colleges and institutes are central to the development of the entrepreneurial culture and eco-system in Canada. CICan is committed to enhancing the entrepreneurial capacity of these institutions.
Across Canada, efforts have increased to improve student mobility within and between post-secondary education systems and to simplify pathways for learners. Colleges and institutes play a key role in facilitating pathways.
Canada’s long-term prosperity depends on two factors: providing Canadians with the education and skills needed to participate fully in our economy, and increasing the competitiveness of Canadian businesses.