Policy Focus

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Policy Focus

Canada’s extensive network of colleges, institutes, cégeps and polytechnics serves over 3,000 communities from coast to coast to coast. These vital community hubs foster economic and social development and provide access to education for all Canadians. Canada’s approaching 150th anniversary affords a unique opportunity to make strategic investments in post-secondary education to ensure Canada’s continued future prosperity.

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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Applied Research

Applied Research

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.

Indigenous Learners

Indigenous Learners

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.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

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

Entrepreneurship

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.

Transferability

Transferability

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.

Skills Development

Skills Development

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.