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Skills Development

Fast Facts

  • All colleges and institute programs include work placement opportunities for students
  • Over 90 colleges and institutes offer 900 co-op programs.

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.

Employers consistently report significant challenges finding people with the skills needed to drive productivity and economic growth. Strategic investments in education and skills training will ensure that companies have the talent pool to address shortages and increase productivity.

Increased access to post-secondary education is needed to improve educational attainment and employment outcomes for Aboriginal peoples, immigrants, and other vulnerable groups.

Colleges and institutes offer programs leading to a broad range of credentials: certificates, diplomas, bachelor degrees and post-graduate diplomas. They are also primary providers of apprenticeship training.

Colleges and institutes are the stepping-stone to postsecondary education through literacy, upgrading, and essential skills programs.