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April 4, 2022

Our planet, our health

At last! Canadians have been waiting for a new plan to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next eight years under the Net-Zero Accountability Act. The official 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan is now here. But what’s in it and what does it mean?

Bold, specific, ambitious, and achievable is how Justin Trudeau described the new plan, which includes $9.1 billion in new investments to cut pollution and grow the economy. That means things like greening homes and buildings, switching to electric vehicles, adopting greener technologies, and empowering communities to take climate action.

So, how can Canada’s colleges and institutes help?

  1. We’re going net-zero on campus! With the largest post-secondary footprint in the country, our collective engagement goes a long way. At more than 670 locations, we pledged to achieved net-zero emissions on campus by 2050.
  1. Budget 2022 is coming this week (on April 7: Stay tuned for our analysis)! We know there’s a role for colleges and institutes to drive the green transition both in Canada and abroad.
  • At home, we recommended Canada establish a Green Postsecondary Infrastructure Fund with a minimum of $400 million a year over five years dedicated to helping colleges and institutes reduce greenhouse gas emissions on campuses.
  • Abroad, we recommended Canada increase funding to support skills training that equips people in developing countries to work in the green economy and tackle climate change. (For example, programs like Education for Employment).
  • Reminder: “The Next Step Forward”is our submission to pre-budget consultations. We have six recommendations to make Canada future-proof, including this one!
  1. We also have a plan to turn campuses into living labs!

April 7 is World Health Day. 

This year’s theme is “Our planet, our heath” and recognizes the interconnectedness of good health and well-being (SDG 3) and climate action (SDG 13). At CICan, we align everything we do with the Sustainable Development Goals because they help ensure that our actions contribute to positive change for people, communities, and the planet.

Get your crew together. We set sail at the end of the month!

At our upcoming Connection Conference there’s more beyond the keynote speakers, live sessions, and pre-recorded presentations. Take part in unique activities to connect with each other on the biggest topics in post-secondary education. Choose the ones that best match your interests and working profile! Explore unique ways to connect.

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 7 airs April 25 live from our Connection Conference in Halifax!

Save more with TD Insurance

Did you know that staff at participating CICan member institutions have access to the TD Insurance Meloche Monnex program, which offers savings through preferred insurance rates? Take full advantage of this chance to save and enjoy the outstanding customer service you deserve. Their professional, licensed representatives offer personalized insurance advice to help you determine the right coverage at the right price.

Car Care Tips

Many drivers wait until they are experiencing problems or preparing for a long trip to take their car in to be serviced. While this may feel convenient at the time, it can lead to expensive repairs later on. The best way to keep your vehicle operating at its best is to give it regular maintenance and seasonal tune-ups. When your car is running at its best, it can help you save money on fuel and prevent costly repairs. Learn more about car care tips that may help you save money with TD Insurance

50 years: Explore a history of our Canadian partnerships.

The last installment of our 50th anniversary history series: we’re looking back at the evolution of our Canadian partnerships! Our work at home stems from our close relationships and advocacy with government, business, and industry leaders. When issues or changes arise in different sectors, our projects position colleges and institutes to provide innovative and timely solutions!

Help us map Skills for Success.

Are you an expert in skills development and continuing education? We’re launching a new project to help implement Employment and Social Development Canada’s new skills model! Mapping Skills for Success will prepare Canadians to succeed in the workforce, help them find jobs, and adapt to changes at work. Join our advisory committee!

On the blog: What’s new in international student recruitment?

Over the last two years, a lot! Did you know that, in the first year of the pandemic (2020), the number of international students applying for permits to study at CICan member institutions dropped by more than half (from 165,000 in 2019 to only 77,000 in 2020)? While that may not be surprising, the Canada brand seems to have recovered.

Turn your campus into a living lab!

Looking for projects! We need your help to develop a network of Campus Living Labs that demonstrate ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in five areas: food, waste, transportation, buildings and landscapes, and Indigenous approaches to sustainability. Deadline: April 19.

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that Ontario is investing $34 million over four years to expand nursing and personal support worker training at Indigenous institutes across the province? The funding will help ensure more Indigenous learners can access culturally relevant, high-quality education, training, and supports in healthcare! A total of six Indigenous institutes will benefit from the announcement, including three CICan member institutions: First Nations Technical Institute, Kenjgewin Teg, and Six Nations Polytechnic.


Seneca College appointed Mohamed Dhanani vice-president, Stakeholder Engagement and Business Development. George Brown College appointed Leslie Quinlan senior vice-president, People Enablement and Experience, and Susan Bowrah vice-president, People and Culture. Cégep John Abbott College appointed Teresa Berghello director of studies.

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One of our main goals at Colleges and Institutes Canada is to champion and share the innovations and awesomeness of our members. You can help! We want to hear about your new applied research, industry and community partnerships, international education, important financial investments and more. Add to your media mailing lists! We’ll share member institution News Releases and other upcoming announcements online and with our national media contacts based in Ottawa.