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Colleges and Institutes Call for Budget 2014 Investments in Skills Training, Infrastructure and Applied Research

finance cover2014 eng largerOttawa, ON, January 27, 2014 – The Association of Canadian Community Colleges stresses the need for further investments for access to post-secondary education to address Canada’s skills gap, provide Canadians with advanced skills for employment and to enhance workplace innovation.

ACCC President and CEO, Denise Amyot, will participate in the Budget lock-up and is available for television, radio and print interviews.

ACCC’s submission to the 2014-15 Budget process recommends investments in three areas:

Education and skills training: Increase access to post-secondary education for vulnerable Canadians; improve mobility; opportunities for apprentices; and support to immigrant integration programs. ACCC also seeks adjustments to Canada’s new International Education Strategy to ensure college students have similar opportunities to study abroad as university students.

Infrastructure: Create a College/Institute Equipment and Deferred Maintenance Fund so that institutions have relevant equipment and facilities to prepare students for the demands of the modern workplace.

Innovation and commercialization: Support college/institute research partnerships with industry and community partners through: additional college-based Technology Access Centres (TACs) under the Tri-Council College and Community Innovation Program (CCI); inclusion of community organizations as eligible CCI partners; funding from all regional economic development agencies for college/institute research programs to address local needs; and applied research awards for students in college/institute programs.

Colleges and institutes in Canada are also looking to Budget 2014 for signals on the future of the Canada Job Grant, which the government expects will provide nearly 130,000 Canadians with access to training, annually.

ACCC is the national and international voice of publicly funded colleges and institutes in Canada, working 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 from coast to coast to coast.

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For more information and to arrange interviews:

Shawn Dearn
Director of Communications, ACCC
613-746-2222 Ext. 3123

613-513-6291 (mobile)
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