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Colleges and institutes see continued growth in innovation and research

Ottawa, April 10, 2015 – Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) has released its seventh annual report on the state of applied research in Canadian colleges and institutes. Based on the findings of an extensive member survey, the report shows increased research activity in a wide variety of sectors and a growing number of private partners turning to their local college or institute to help improve their products and processes.

Titled College and Institute Applied Research – Accelerating Business and Community Innovation the report was launched at Algonquin College during the institution’s applied research day. It shows a continuous growth in the research capacity of colleges and institutes. More than 80% of CICan’s member institutions have now established infrastructures and policies to support applied research, while the number of specialized research centres and labs in colleges and institutes has increased by 37% from last year to reach 670. The report also shows that a total of 32,093 students were engaged in applied research projects in 2013-2014, up 9 % from the previous year.

“We couldn’t be happier with the findings of this latest applied research survey”, says Denise Amyot, President and CEO of CICan. “By improving their applied research capacity, colleges and institutes are now driving innovation in a number of fields. This is beneficial for Canada, our communities and for the growing number of small and medium-sized businesses who are working in collaboration with our members to improve their products, services and processes.”

The report shows that the number of industry partners working with colleges and institutes has gone up by 3%. CICan members are now involved in 5,633 partnerships with private companies, 77% of which are small and medium-sized enterprises (SME)

The Government of Canada has taken note of the positive impact of college applied research and is making important investments in supporting college/institute-SME partnerships through the Tri-Council College and Community Innovation Program. Still, the funds available to colleges and institutes represent a very small portion of the federal research budget. CICan believes that further investments would enable colleges and institutes to meet the increased demand from SMEs for solutions to innovation challenges.

Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes and polytechnics. We 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 13 offices around the world.


Click here to access CICan’s 2013-2014 applied research page.

Click here for CICan’s 2013-2014 applied research report.

Click here for the 2013-2014 applied research fact sheet.

For more information :

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