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Federal investments support college partnerships in China, Vietnam and Nigeria

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Ottawa, ON, July 14, 2014 — Colleges and Institutes Canada is pleased to be once again amongst the national industry associations receiving funding from the Government of Canada’s Global Opportunities for Associations (GOA) program.

Colleges and Institutes Canada will receive $120 000 in support of its international activities serving Canada’s public colleges, institutes, polytechnics and cégeps. This contribution was announced by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, Erin O’Toole, following a visit to Sheridan College’s Skills Training Centre in Oakville, Ontario.

The GOA program provides funding to support national associations undertaking new or expanded international business development activities in strategic markets and sectors. In the case of Colleges and Institutes Canada, it will help the association explore opportunities that will benefit its members across the country looking for new international partnerships and a greater number of quality international students.

“Canadian colleges are known as exemplary providers of education for employment around the world,” said Denise Amyot, President and CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada. “This federal investment will support Colleges and Institutes Canada’s international marketing, student recruitment and partnership activities in order to champion the college advantage in China, Vietnam, Nigeria and other priority countries for our members.”

Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes and polytechnics. The association works 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.

Colleges and Institutes Canada presently operates in 29 countries via 13 offices around the world, thanks in part to the support of the Government of Canada’s foreign affairs, trade, development and immigration departments, as well as to contracts with other supporters such as the Asian Development Bank, the UK’s Department of International Development and the Brazilian Government.


Picture: From left to right: Dr. Iain McNab, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science and Technology at Sheridan College, Erin O’Toole, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International TradeTerence Young, Oakville MP, Cynthia Murphy, Director, Canadian Immigration and Integration Program and International Partnerships in Asia at Colleges and Institutes Canada


For more information contact:

Shawn Dearn
Director of Communications, Colleges and Institutes Canada
613-746-2222 Ext. 3123
Twitter: @CollegeCan