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Does Economic Action Plan 2013 Address Shortages in Advanced Skills?

Media Advisory

Does Economic Action Plan 2013 Address Shortages in Advanced Skills?
Canada’s Colleges & Institutes to Respond to Budget Initiatives

Ottawa, March 18, 2013 – Canada’s colleges, institutes and polytechnics (ACCC) have long advocated for greater investments that support skills development, so that every resident of Canada is equipped for employment in today’s economy.

National business associations report that the difficulty of attracting and retaining qualified employees is the most significant barrier to economic growth. Colleges and institutes play a key role in bridging Canada’s skills gap by working with employers to supply graduates with advanced skills that match business needs.

ACCC is looking for increased financial commitments in EAP 2013 that enhance:

  • Advanced skills development
  • College and institute capacity
  • Trades professions and modernization of apprenticeship
  • The innovation agenda for colleges and business partners
  • Opportunities for indigenous peoples
  • International recruitment and opportunities for Canadian students abroad

James Knight, President and CEO of ACCC and Paul Brennan, VP, International Affairs, will be available to media for comment and analysis of the budget and its impacts on the advanced skills agenda.

Colleges and institutes excel at career outcomes for graduates in sectors experiencing skills shortages.

ACCC is the national and international voice of 130 Canadian colleges, institutes and polytechnics, with 1.5 million learners at 1,000 campuses in urban, rural and remote communities.


For more information or to arrange interviews:

Shawn Dearn
Director, Communications and Information Services, ACCC
613-746-2222 ext. 3123