Ottawa, ON, February 11, 2014 – Denise Amyot, President and CEO of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) released this statement following the tabling of Budget 2014 in the House of Commons.
“From the perspective of Canada’s colleges, institutes and polytechnics, this is an encouraging budget that helps support measures to address the gap in skills affecting so many sectors of the economy. The budget also recognizes the important role played by colleges and institutes in Canada’s innovation system and their partnerships with small- and medium-sized enterprises, and provides opportunities for youth and people with disabilities.
“The government has announced important investments supporting ACCC priorities around innovation, college and institute partnerships with small- and medium-sized business, improving apprenticeship completion, skills development and improved labour market information.
“Colleges and institutes do incredible research that improves productivity of business and community partners. ACCC is pleased with the announcement of a pilot initiative of $10 million through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to connect colleges with the research needs of local community organizations.
“Colleges and institutes are involved in international research projects in over 20 countries worldwide. The Canada First Research Excellence Fund will provide an excellent opportunity to build on these partnerships.
“Investments towards internships will provide greater opportunities for youth to gain valuable skills through technical research and development projects with SMEs and improve employability.
“This budget addresses much needed improvements to the apprenticeship system including increased financial support for apprentices and improved technical training.
“The improved Job Matching Service will provide better tools and reliable labour market information that will make a difference for students and job seekers.”
ACCC is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly funded colleges, institutes and polytechnics, 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 across the country and in 29 countries around the world.