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CICan shares its election priorities

Ottawa, September 14, 2015 – Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) shared its key priorities today ahead of the upcoming federal election. These include simple and straightforward recommendations for Canada’s leaders that would contribute to the country’s long-term prosperity.

Following consultation with its members and key partners representing over 40 sectors, Colleges and Institutes Canada has identified the following four priorities for implementation by Canada’s political leaders:

• Support Canadian innovation by increasing funding for college and institute applied research.

• Meet the needs of Canadian employers and communities by investing in college and institute infrastructure and equipment.

• Support reconciliation by improving access to post-secondary education and upskilling for Aboriginal peoples.

• Expand employment opportunities for Canadians by investing in better labour market information, apprenticeship completion and the employability of youth.

“Canada’s colleges and institutes are present in nearly every single riding in the country, where they act as dynamic community hubs that foster innovation, entrepreneurship and opportunity”, said CICan president and CEO, Denise Amyot. “As candidates share their vision for the future, we hope they will take the time to engage with their local college or institute and recognize their immense contribution to their community’s prosperity.”

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
Twitter : @CollegeCan