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April 14, 2020

Important updates related to COVID-19

As we all continue to work together to support each other and those most vulnerable in our communities, we are pleased to share clarification from the federal government on a few recent advocacy wins that benefit students: For students and employers: during our weekly COVID-19 webinar, Employment and Skills Development Canada (ESDC) shared changes made to the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) to assist students and employers during the COVID-19 outbreak, including: Post-secondary institutions are now eligible to hire students under SWPP and receive a wage subsidy, start dates and duration of placements will be more flexible, and students will be permitted... Read more
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Tags: International, covid-19, International, covid-19, update, students
April 9, 2020

Changes to Canada Summer Jobs program to help businesses and young Canadians

The Government of Canada is taking action to support workers, businesses, and all Canadians impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including young people facing challenges finding work. The measures announced include temporary changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program that will help employers hire summer staff and provide young Canadians access to the jobs they need during this unprecedented time. The program will help create up to 70,000 jobs for youth between 15 and 30 years of age. Temporary changes to the program for this year include: an increase to the wage subsidy so that private and public sector employers can... Read more
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Tags: covid-19, students
April 8, 2020

Online Delivery and PGWP eligibility – New measures announced for international students starting in May or June

We are pleased to share that Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has extended online delivery exemptions with respect to Post-Graduate Work Permit eligibility for international students as we have been calling for. Those who have a study permit or who have been approved for a study permit for a program starting in May or June can begin and complete up to 50% of their program online from abroad in anticipation of a transition to Canada. These are exceptional circumstances and we appreciate this flexibility. Important decisions regarding the Spring/Summer intake can now be made with some clarity. We know,... Read more
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Tags: covid-19, students
April 7, 2020

Updates for students and employers

During our weekly COVID-19 update webinar, Employment and Skills Development Canada (ESDC) shared changes made to the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) to assist students and employers during the COVID-19 outbreak: Post-secondary institutions are now eligible to hire students under SWPP and receive the wage subsidy. Contact any of the nine organizations selected as SWPP Employer Delivery Partners for more information. Start dates and the duration of placements are now more flexible. Students are permitted to work remotely and work from home. Wage subsidies can be paid up front to SME and not-for-profit employers. Employers can have their eligibility for the program confirmed before selecting a student... Read more
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Tags: covid-19, students, employers
April 4, 2020

A message from the Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry regarding the denaturing agent, guanidine thiocyanate

Please see a message the Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, has asked us to share with our members regarding the denaturing agent, guanidine thiocyanate. Dear Colleagues, On March 20, I wrote to you asking for your support and cooperation in helping Canada to combat COVID-19, requesting post-secondary institutions to identify stocks of personal protective equipment that could be made available to the critical care system. I also asked for your assistance in identifying innovative manufacturing solutions to address potential shortages of essential medical equipment. Thank you to those of you who responded to this request or... Read more
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Tags: covid-19
March 31, 2020

The latest on COVID-19

As the federal government’s response to COVID-19 continues to evolve daily, we remain committed to monitoring and sharing updates in order to better serve our members and be your voice in Ottawa. Visit our new webpage gathering all of our most recent updates.  Be sure to check in often as we are constantly updating the content as information becomes available, including our advocacy with the federal government and freely available teaching and learning resources. We also invite you to join our weekly webinar series for updates on our efforts in Ottawa and to share amongst yourselves how the situation is evolving in your various regions and what approaches you are taking to tackle the challenges. Join us... Read more
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Tags: Applied Research, International, covid-19, update
March 25, 2020

COVID-19 updates for international students and departments

As the world reacts to COVID-19, we continue to advocate on your behalf with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to ensure that your concerns, and those of your students, are being heard and addressed in a timely manner and with as much flexibility as is possible. Here’s what we’ve been able to ascertain to date: Regarding travel and border closures: On Friday evening, March 20, IRCC issued a press release confirming that “exemptions to the air travel restrictions will apply to foreign nationals who have already committed to working, studying or making Canada their home, and travel by these individuals will be considered essential travel for land border restrictions” and that these... Read more
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March 25, 2020

Applied Research Special COVID-19 Update

Please find below an update on CICan’s activities related to COVID-19 and applied research including: Advocacy Updates: Granting Agencies Information Sharing: Request from the Government of Canada and the Code Life Ventilator Challenge. CICan Update on COVID-19 Subscription Information: Invite your colleagues to subscribe to the CICan Applied Research Network and receive future update newsletters. If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me or Tresanna Hassanally, Senior Policy Advisor at thassanally@collegesinstitutes.ca.
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Tags: Applied Research, covid-19
March 23, 2020

Free resources to help faculty affected by COVID-19

With most colleges and institutes across Canada transitioning from traditional, in-person education to an online experience due to COVID-19, we wanted to share some free resources for our members. LinkedIn Learning LinkedIn partnered with the 17-institution University of North Carolina System to identify LinkedIn Learning courses that will most aid faculty with this transition. These courses cover everything from leading practices for teaching online to EdTech tools like Canvas to collaboration software like Microsoft Teams. Courses: Learning to Teach Online Teaching with Technology Teaching Technical Skills Through Video Teaching Online: Synchronous Classes Office 365 for Educators Microsoft Teams for Education... Read more
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Tags: Education, covid-19, resources, learning
March 21, 2020

A message from the Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry regarding critical supplies

Please see a message the Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, has asked us to share with our members. Dear colleagues, The current COVID-19 pandemic presents Canada with unprecedented challenges. In response, we must all work together to protect the well-being of Canadians and our economy. Let me begin by thanking you for your leadership and for your institutions’ research efforts to help us understand, combat and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. It is critical that our health system, care providers, and first responders have safe, effective medical devices, supplies and equipment necessary both to protect against... Read more
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Tags: covid-19