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September 23, 2020

CICan welcomes Throne-speech promise of historic investment in training

Ottawa, September 23, 2020 – Denise Amyot, President and CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada issued the following statement on the Speech from the Throne to open the second session of the 43rd Parliament of Canada. “Canada is currently facing unprecedented challenges as all of us find ourselves affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Many Canadians have lost their jobs, while those who remain employed have had to adjust to a completely different way of working. In times like these, the critical role of Canada’s post-secondary system – helping Canadians adapt and develop the skills they need – becomes more important... Read more
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September 23, 2020

CICan marks Global Goals Week with three new initiatives

Ottawa, September 23, 2020 – As the world celebrates Global Goals Week, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is proud to announce three new initiatives focused on helping Canada make progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These will help students, as well as institutions, contribute to economic and social development, community well-being and a sustainable future. The projects include new internship opportunities for students, a brand-new toolkit for colleges and institutes on the SDGs, and the addition of a new category to CICan’s Awards of excellence, recognizing excellence in sustainable development. CICan’s new ImpAct Internships program will help employers' advance initiatives that align with the SDGs and allow Canadian... Read more
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September 8, 2020

CICan issues recommendations to build back better

Ottawa, September 8, 2020 – As the country looks to build back better in COVID-19 recovery, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) has issued eight recommendations to the Standing Committee of Finance as part of its most recent round of pre-budget consultations. The association encourages the government to leverage the expertise available in colleges and institutes all across the country who are already doing incredible work to support their communities through this unprecedented time. With many Canadians out of work, and employers looking to adapt to a new reality, supporting post-secondary institutions and investing in skills development will be absolutely essential... Read more
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July 21, 2020

CICan welcomes new board members

Ottawa, July 21, 2020 – Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is pleased to welcome five new members to its board of directors. The new directors were elected during CICan’s annual general meeting, held virtually on June 29th. Presidents from four CICan member institutions were elected to join the board as At-Large Directors from heads of institutions: Sherri Bell of Camosun College, in British Columbia, Don Lovisa of Durham College, in Ontario, Josée Ouellette from Collège d’Alma, in Québec, and David Ross from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). Marlene Floyd, National Director of Corporate Affairs at Microsoft Canada also... Read more
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June 29, 2020

Niagara College President Dan Patterson receives CICan’s Distinguished Service Award

Ottawa, June 29, 2020 – Niagara College President Dan Patterson was honoured by his peers of the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Presidents’ Leadership Network who named him as the 2020 recipient of its Distinguished Service Award. He is recognized not only for his leadership at Niagara College, but for his outstanding contribution to Canada’s post-secondary system as a whole, throughout his distinguished career. Dan Patterson has been Niagara College’s president since 1995 and announced his retirement earlier this year. Over his 25-year tenure as president, he has overseen a dramatic transformation of Niagara College. Enrolment has almost tripled – from... Read more
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June 29, 2020

Mitacs named CICan’s Outstanding Partner for 2020

Ottawa, June 29, 2020 – Mitacs was named as Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) 2020 Outstanding Partner in recognition of its important contribution to the post-secondary education sector, providing valuable work-integrated learning opportunities for Canadian students across the country. Working with colleges, institutes, polytechnics, and universities, over 6,000 companies, and federal, provincial, and territorial governments, Mitacs builds partnerships that support industrial and social innovation by funding student research internships that connect them with industry. In 2018, the Mitacs Accelerate program was expanded to provide opportunities for students at Canadian colleges, institutes, and polytechnics. Students from these institutions can now undertake paid innovation-focused co-op placements and internships with a... Read more
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June 19, 2020

Celebrating and committing to Indigenous success

Ottawa, June 19, 2020 – This Sunday, on National Indigenous Peoples Day Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) joins all Canadians in recognizing and celebrating the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding contributions of Indigenous peoples! As the primary access point to post-secondary education for First Nations, Inuit and Métis learners, with 86% living within 50 km of a college or institute, CICan members are deeply engaged in the process of reconciliation and deeply committed to empowering Indigenous students. They work in close partnership with their local Indigenous communities to remove barriers to education and promote a culture of respect and inclusion on... Read more
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February 27, 2020

CICan and Mitacs partner to drive innovation with 1,000 research internships for college and institute students across Canada

New agreement pledges work-integrated learning research opportunities with industry and post-secondary education partners across Canada  Ottawa, February 27, 2020 — Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) — the national organization that represents publicly-supported colleges, institutes, CEGEPs, and polytechnics — and Mitacs — a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada — signed an historic agreement yesterday. The partnership creates up to 1,000 work-integrated learning Mitacs research internships for students from CICan member institutions across Canada over the next five years. This agreement builds new links for college and institute students to work with industry partners and other researchers. It leverages both... Read more
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