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December 7, 2015

CICan welcomes the 42nd Parliament

The Liberal government presented its first Speech from the Throne Friday, kicking off the first session of the 42nd Parliament. Though light on details, it did reiterate what will be the new government’s priorities in the coming months.

Many of these priorities align very well with those of Canada’s colleges and institutes who will undoubtedly be invaluable partners for the federal government as it moves toward its objective of reinvigorating the Canadian economy and giving each Canadian the opportunity to reach their full potential.

As providers of post-secondary education in over 3000 communities across Canada, colleges and institutes have a tremendous role to play, not only in providing Canadians with the skills they need to succeed, but also in driving innovation via applied research and creating new economic opportunities with their business and industry partners.

The government’s promise of new investments in social infrastructure is welcome as colleges and institutes currently have over 800 deferred maintenance projects awaiting support. Investing in this infrastructure would go a long way in building their capacity to offer programs that respond to the needs of both students and employers, while supporting innovation in their communities.

The government will also focus on green infrastructure and technologies which is an area of expertise for many colleges. In fact, CICan has recently lauched the CleanTech internships to connect new graduates with employers in the emerging clean technology sector.

Finally, the government reiterated that Canada will welcome 25 000 refugees before the end on February. This will be an important challenge that will mobilize Canadians across the country as well as post-secondary institutions. Many colleges and institutes are currently looking at ways to contribute and offer support to the newcomers. At the national level, CICan president and CEO took part in the Governor General’s forum on Syrian refugees, which gathered leaders from various sectors to discuss the best ways to relocate and integrate these newcomers.

Canadian colleges and institutes make the news


Two Canadian publications have recently published specials on Canadian colleges and institutes. On November 30, Maclean’s released its 2016 Colleges Guide, which serves as Canadian college and institute directory and highlights success stories from institutions across Canada. The edition was prepared in collaboration with CICan, and we can’t wait for our members to read about the achievements of colleges and institutes across the country. Take a look at the guide’s first article here.

Earlier in November, L’Actualité published an article about the most popular and original CEGEP programs in Quebec. Read about the programs that CEGEP students are choosing here .


CICan and the IOM join forces to support immigrant integration

On December 1, 2015, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) successfully launched their joint pre-arrival service: Planning for Canada. This groundbreaking collaboration will expand pre-arrival services and ensure a consistent curriculum is delivered to prospective immigrants bound for Canada.

Funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Planning for Canada is a free service designed to help newcomers find work that reflects their skills and experience as well as make informed settlement decisions.

Planning for Canada is offered worldwide, in-person and online, in English and French. The program’s services include:

  • One full-day group orientation session on preparing for life in Canada
  • Individualized planning sessions focused on career and settlement goals
  • Referrals to Canadian partner organizations, including colleges
  • Access to specialized online information sessions and workshops

The Association des collèges et des universités de la francophonie canadienne (ACUFC) helps deliver additional personalized services to French-speaking immigrants and makes onward referrals to a broad network of francophone partners.

CICan partners with Tanzania for two initiatives


After hosting 17 delegates from CICan’s Improving Skills Training for Employment Program (ISTEP) in Toronto from November 24-28, CICan’s Tanzanian partners have selected 10 Canadian colleges and institutes to collaborate in Institutional partnerships.

Following a rigourous selection process led by our ISTEP partner institutions, the partnerships were chosen as follows:

ISTEP 07: Shinyanga Vocational Training Centre with College of New Caledonia in partnership with College of the Rockies

ISTEP 08: Pwani Regional Vocational Training and Service Centre with Sault College

ISTEP 09: Mineral Resources Institute with Cégep Limoilou in partnership with Cégep Abiti-Temiscamingue

ISTEP 10: Mikumi Vocational Training Centre with Nova Scotia Community College

ISTEP 11: National College of Tourism with Vancouver Island University

ISTEP 12: Arusha Technical College with Sault College in partnership with Parkland College

ISTEP 13: Vocational Education and Training Authority Headquarters with Lakeland College in partnership with NorQuest College

These new institutional partnerships have now been officially endorsed by the Tanzania Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MOEVT) and the Global Affairs Canada (GAC).

CICan would like to thank all the colleges and institutes that applied. Special thanks to Niagara College for accommodating our delegates at its Niagara-on-the-Lake campus and for showcasing the Canadian college system at its best.

 CICan also welcomed the Tourism Confederation of Tanzania (TCT) to its headquarters in Ottawa in November. A four-member delegation from the TCT was in Ottawa to explore the feasibility of establishing a tourism sector skills council that would bring together public and private sector bodies – employers, travel & tourism training providers, government regulatory bodies and responsible Ministries – to address issues of labour market information (LMI) and skills training in the travel and tourism sector in Tanzania.

At the end of the Study Tour, CICan signed a contract with TCT to support the latter in identifying and piloting initiatives towards establishing sector council functions within the organization.

New occupations added in CAF-ACE directory

The occupations of Imagery Technician and Marine Engineering Technician have been added to the CAF-ACE directory. The Construction Technician occupation will also be added in a few weeks. The CAF are seeking submissions from colleges, institutes of technology, polytechnics, cégeps and university colleges to submit any programs that match the following occupations.

Imagery Technicians

Image Technicians operate still and video cameras; produce prints and video and multi-media products; perform quality control of imagery products; and maintain imaging equipment.

Click here to watch a video about imagery technicians.

Marine Engineer Technician

The Marine Engineer occupation forms part of a ship’s Marine Systems Engineering department. Specifically, Marine Engineers monitor, operate and maintain the following equipment:

Click here to watch a video about marine engineers.

The CAF-ACE is a directory of college and institute programs matched to CAF occupational training requirements. The directory identifies matches between the two from the perspective of the CAF.  The CAF uses these matches to provide training for their new members and to offer employment incentives to applicants interested in CAF careers, in particular for college graduates.

Register for CICan’s 2016 Conference

Registration for CICan’s 2016 Conference will be live on Wednesday, December 9th. We encourage you to register quickly. And if the exciting program we have in store is not enough, we’ve put in place some new perks for early birds. Register by April 15 and you will be entered in a draw to receive a 50% discount on your registration, up to a maximum of $500.

CICan’s 2016 Conference will take place in Quebec City from May 29-31 and will be hosted by Cégep Garneau, Cégep Limoilou, Cégep de Sainte-Foy and Champlain Regional College. Its theme Inspiration will explore how colleges and institutes stimulate change through innovative practices and approaches in teaching and learning, applied research and engagement with business, industry and community partners.

Click here to see the conference website. The website will be updated regularly with new content and program information, so be sure to add it to your bookmarks.

Eureka! Moment

La Cité has partnered with the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS) to launch a College-Branded User Interface (CBUI) , a platform that is designed specifically to be a college-branded application experience. When students apply to one program at one college in Ontario, the CBUI works to make them feel like they have never left the college’s website. OCAS thanked La Cité’s for the school’s ‘spirit of innovation’. What a great initiative for prospective students!


Tom Roemer is the new Vice President, Academic at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. His previous positions include Vice President, Strategic Development at Camosun College. He will begin his role on January 25, 2016.

Mylène Boisclair is the new director general at cégep du Vieux Montréal. Mrs. Boisclair’s previous positions include Director of Communications at the cegep. She will begin her 5-year mandate on January 2.

Natalie Vallée is the new director general at Collège Ahuntsic. Her previous positions include director of studies at the college. She will begin her 5-year mandate on December 21.


Register now for CICan’s Indigenous Education Symposium

Join colleagues from across the country to share and explore strategies on serving Indigenous learners and communities and approaches to supporting reconciliation in Canada.

Applied Research Symposium – Call for Presentations

CICan invites proposals for its 2016 Applied Research Symposium. The symposium is taking place March 7 – 8, 2016 at the Delta Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB.

CICan Awards of Excellence 2016

The Colleges and Institutes Canada Awards Program recognizes and promotes excellence within Canadian colleges, institutes, cégeps, university colleges and polytechnics.

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