Budget 2022 is here and there’s a lot to unpack.
Though the wins for colleges and institutes are less explicit than we might have hoped, there’s $56 billion worth of opportunity that our sector is ready to take on! As always, the way we advocate isn’t just about speaking up for our members; it’s also about making sure that the federal government understands how colleges and institutes support their own priorities. Here’s how we see it.
- Climate action, reducing greenhouse gases, and low-carbon industries
The ambitious $15-billion Canada Growth Fund will stimulate growth in low-carbon industries and contribute to Canada’s net-zero transition. (It also hints at a willingness to act on a large and intersectional scale).
- The key here is skills training; building a green economy will require workers to learn new skills! The success of the Canada Growth Fund will depend on access to training opportunities like reskilling, upskilling, microcredentials, and work-integrated learning to fill the new jobs that will be created in a green economy.
- College and institute campuses are already leaders in net-zero and LEED-certified facilities, learning environments, and research centres that give students the opportunity to learn and practice their skills in real environments on the leading edge of sustainable design!
- Innovation and investment
The new Canadian Innovation and Investment Agency proposes $1 billion over five years to set up an independent federal agency that will help boost research capacity across the country. (It also hints that the government might be thinking more seriously about innovation).
- Each year, more and more Canadian businesses and community organizations of all sizes benefit from real solutions to real problems through college and institutes applied research!
- Data from our latest survey paints a picture of what college and institute applied research already offers Canada’s innovation ecosystem and what we can still achieve if we think more strategically about investment.
- It’s also important that research is properly protected. We’re excited to see support for post-secondary institutions to identify, assess, and mitigate potential risks to research security through the Research Support Fund and the Research Security Centre.
- Attracting and retaining international talent
The budget proposes $385.7 million over five years to facilitate the timely and efficient entry of a growing number of visitors, workers, and students. It also recognizes the economic and societal value to Canadian communities that newcomers and international students bring to Canadian communities.
- For growing the economy and addressing labour shortages, international student recruitment is a big deal! Colleges and institutes ensure that those coming to start a new life in Canada have the resources and support they need to realize their aspirations.
- Did you know? Despite a decrease in applicants in 2020, demand for study permits at Canadian colleges and institutes is now up 40% over pre-pandemic numbers! (On top of that, approval rates were also up by 10% in 2021 over 2020 lows).
So, what comes next? We’re keen to get back to our regular advocacy and engage actively with key federal departments and stakeholders in the coming weeks as the announced programs are designed and implemented! Be active in your communities and on social media to promote colleges and institutes as key players and be sure to let us know of visits and meetings that take place.
Last chance to join us in person! We set sail in 10 days.
The countdown is on: Over 100 speakers in over 50 live and pre-recorded sessions will get you thinking about how your own institution can navigate anew. April 25-27. Join us in Halifax for a long-awaited return to in-person activities! Or, if you can’t attend in person, opt for a virtual registration package.
LIVE: The good, the bad, and the ugly in cybersecurity
Protecting networks, information, systems, and infrastructure is now an essential part of keeping all Canadians and Canadian businesses safe. But how much of our newly expanded digital landscape is here to stay, and what role is there for post-secondary institutions in driving it further? Episode 8 airs April 25 live from our Connection Conference in Halifax!
Professional development for non-managerial staff and faculty!
Looking to progress in your career or become a manager? New this year: Our newest leadership institute will help you strengthen your leadership skills! Designed specifically for non-managerial college and institute staff and faculty to help you take the next step in your career. June 25-30 in Morell (PE).
- Recently appointed managers may also be interested in participating to expand their leadership profile. Share this new opportunity with your team!
- Our other Leadership Institutes are designed for specific roles at all institutional levels: staff & faculty, managers, deans, directors, vice-presidents, and presidents! Hurry as seats are limited.
50 years: A look at our history!
Reminder: from humble beginnings, we’re celebrating our 50th anniversary. So far, we’ve looked our advocacy history and the development of our Canadian and international projects, including reflections from presidents and vice-presidents past and present! Explore more.
New round of applications: Get students and grads working with Career Launcher
Are you working to create an inclusive workforce, build the green economy, stay relevant in today’s digital world, or contribute to action on the SDGs? Career Launcher is for you! Your college, institute, research centre, or industry partners can get up to $32,000 to hire and train an intern. A new round of applications is opening later this week!
Attending the CICan Connection Conference in person? Come say hello at the Career Launcher booth! We will be onsite to answer any of your questions! Follow Career Launcher on Twitter for news about applications.
Webinar: A deeper look at the Australian research landscape and opportunities for Canadian researchers
For Canadian researchers, discover a market study commissioned by Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service on the Australian research funding landscape and potential opportunities for Canadian researchers (including common strengths, shared priorities, and options for collaboration). Webinar: May 12.
Did you know that the Future Skills Centre and the Commission des partenaires du marché du travail in Quebec (Workforce Partnerships Commission) are joining forces in a $20-million three-year agreement to help Quebecers face a changing labour market and prepare for jobs of the future? This has big potential for CICan members in Quebec, who are already leaders in skills development! Watch for opportunities to be involved.
Aurora College announced the appointment of Dr. Glenda Vardy Dell as president. NAIT welcomed Gerard Hayes as vice-president, Students and Campus Life. George Brown College appointed Joe Cressy senior vice-president, External Relations, Communications and Real Estate Development. Collège André-Grasset appointed André Ouellette as assistant director of studies, departments, and programs. St Lawrence College appointed Shelley Aylesworth-Spink vice-president, Student Success.
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