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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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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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April 22, 2020

New measures to support students affected by COVID-19

Ottawa, April 22, 2020 - Many Canadians are facing unprecedented financial challenges because of COVID-19 and students are no exception. Not only have their studies been disrupted, but many have lost part-time jobs and are facing the prospect of spending the entire summer unemployed, losing out on much needed financial support. Colleges and Institutes Canada has been advocating on behalf of members and their students since the beginning of this unprecedented crisis, as previous measures designed to help Canadians did not address the specific challenges they are facing. Today we are so pleased that the federal government announced new initiatives... Read more
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February 26, 2020

Open Letter to the Minister of Finance

The following letter was addressed to the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance Dear Minister Morneau: As the collective voices of colleges, polytechnics, cégeps and institutes of technology across the country, we write to urge you to consider making a new investment in applied research. A relatively modest annual contribution of $40 million will supercharge the innovation supports this sector offers to Canada’s small- and mid-sized firms. This investment stands to make a powerful impact well beyond growth for Canadian business interests. Applied research is also developing the next generation of innovation-enabled talent and is contributing pragmatic solutions to Canada’s... Read more
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December 6, 2019

CICan reacts to the Speech from the Throne

Ottawa, December 6, 2019 – Denise Amyot, President and CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada issued the following statement on the Speech from the Throne to open the first session of the 43rd Parliament of Canada. “I was incredibly pleased to be invited to attend the reading of this Speech from the Throne, which touched on so many of the priorities identified by our members, as outlined in our latest submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. “This included support for students, a renewed commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, support for entrepreneurs and SMEs, and the... Read more
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October 22, 2019

CICan congratulates all new and returning MPs

Ottawa, October 22, 2019 – Denise Amyot, President and CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada issued the following statement on the election of a new federal government. “On behalf of colleges and institutes across Canada, I would like to thank all the candidates who took part in this very important election and offer my sincere congratulations to our 338 new and returning members of parliament. “Regardless of party lines and platforms, Canadians know that providing quality, accessible education is at the heart of Canada’s success and prosperity. We look forward to working with all the parties in the House to support... Read more
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June 5, 2019

Open Letter to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

The following letter was addressed to the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour   Dear Minister, With 95% of all Canadians and 86% of Indigenous peoples living within 50 kilometres of a location of a college, institute, cegep or polytechnic, these institutions are uniquely positioned to support skills development across the country. CICan applauds the launch of the Canada Training Benefit (CTB). This program is a promising first step towards building a culture of lifelong learning in Canada and ensuring that Canadians possess the skills needed for a changing economy. Canada’s colleges, institutes, cegeps and polytechnics... Read more
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March 29, 2019

Budget 2019 supports lifelong learning, but mostly leaves innovation aside

This op-ed was originally published on the Canadian Science Policy Centre website.   From the get-go, Budget 2019 was introduced by Finance Minister Bill Morneau as a “skills budget” and indeed it delivered a wide range of measures aimed at supporting access to education and lifelong learning. For colleges and institutes this was an important step towards adopting a more coherent national strategy for skills development, which is critically important to prepare Canadians for the future of work. On the innovation front however, which is equally important to Canada’s future prosperity, this budget contained few new measures for colleges and institutes.... Read more
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