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April 22, 2022

On Earth Day, CICan thanks members for leadership on climate action

Ottawa, April 22, 2022 – On Earth Day, Colleges and Institutes Canada President Denise Amyot issued the following statement: “With 689 locations across Canada, colleges and institutes make up the largest post-secondary network in the country. When these institutions come together and engage collectively, their impact is truly unmatched. We are immensely proud of the leadership our members have shown, and continue to show, across all sectors, including work to combat our pressing global climate emergency. Whether committing to achieve net-zero campuses by 2050, helping learners develop skills to work in the green economy, or exploring innovative solutions to challenges... Read more
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March 4, 2022

CICan’s statement on Ukraine

Ottawa, March 4, 2022 – CICan president and CEO Denise Amyot issued the following statement on the ongoing invasion of Ukraine: As new details emerge on Canada’s commitment to introduce new immigration streams for Ukrainians who want to come to Canada, either temporarily or permanently, I take this opportunity to amplify the messages of solidarity and support of our 140 members across Canada. We are deeply troubled by the continued violent invasion of Ukraine by Russia. We stand with the people of Ukraine, and all non-Ukrainians also suffering in the country. We also acknowledge the many Russian citizens in Canada,... Read more
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February 7, 2022

CICan marks International Development Week

Ottawa, February 7, 2022 – CICan president and CEO Denise Amyot issued the following statement to mark International Development Week: "This 32nd International Development Week (IDW), shines a spotlight on the important contributions that Canadians are making around the world. This year’s theme #GoForTheGoals resonates strongly with us as we continue to work toward the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in partnership with our members and partners.” “In fact, each one of CICan’s programs is tied to the SDGs to ensure that our actions contribute to positive change for people, communities, and the planet. This is especially true for... Read more
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November 24, 2021

Colleges and Institutes Canada reacts to Speech from the Throne

Ottawa, November 24, 2021 – 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 44th Parliament of Canada. “After nearly two years of a pandemic, Canada needs to focus on how it will move forward and rebound. The government expressed this clearly in its Speech from the Throne, which looks towards building a better future.” “The government can count on Canada’s colleges, institutes, CEGEPs and polytechnics to support efforts towards a green, inclusive and resilient recovery. “ “We share many of the... Read more
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April 23, 2021

CICan issues statement on equity, diversity and inclusion

Ottawa, April 23, 2021 – On the occasion of Diversity Month in Canada, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), today, issued the following official statement on equity, diversity and inclusion: “CICan recognizes that inequities, bias, discrimination, racism, and oppression exist in our communities and that the Black Lives Matter movement has brought to the forefront the impact of systemic racism and discrimination on Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC). CICan is committed to using its privilege and network to advocate and support marginalized people who are being negatively impacted by institutional and systemic racism. CICan will use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #4 (Quality Education)... Read more
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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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