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An encouraging Speech from the Throne for Canada’s colleges and institutes

Ottawa, December 7, 2015 – Denise Amyot, President and CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada, issued the following statement about the 2015 Speech from the Throne.

“Canada’s publicly supported colleges and institutes join all Canadians in celebrating the opening of the 42nd Parliament and congratulating the new government on the occasion of its first Speech from the Throne. As providers of post-secondary education in over 3000 communities across Canada, colleges and institutes will be invaluable partners in reinvigorating the Canadian economy and giving individuals in every province and territory the opportunity to reach their full potential.

“Education is a key enabler of the government’s agenda. Colleges and institutes have a tremendous role to play in providing Canadians with the skills they need to succeed, in driving innovation through applied research and in creating new economic opportunities with their business, industry and community partners.”

“We are especially pleased to see the government’s focus on making quality education more accessible for Indigenous peoples, and making post-secondary education more affordable for young Canadians from low- and middle-income families.”

“The government’s promise of new investments in social infrastructure is also welcome. Colleges and institutes are prepared to launch over 1,000 infrastructure projects that will enable them to respond to the program delivery needs of students and employers, and enhance the innovation capacity of the national economy.”

“We look forward to working with parliamentarians in Ottawa and in our communities, welcoming them to college and institute campuses from coast to coast to coast, and supporting their efforts to build a stronger, more prosperous Canada.”

Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes and polytechnics. Its members work with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. The association operates in 29 countries via 12 offices around the world.

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For more information :

Julien Abord-Babin
Senior Strategic Communications Officer
Colleges and Institutes Canada
613-746-2222 ext 3131
jabord-babin@collegesinstitutes.ca
Twitter : @CollegeCan