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January 10, 2022

The big 5-0!

Who remembers what the Canadian post-secondary landscape was like in 1972? We do! Because that’s the year we officially got to work. This year, we’re celebrating our 50th anniversary!

From humble beginnings as the Association of Canadian Community Colleges with a dedicated staff of three, we’ve grown in every possible way. Today, we’re a team of nearly 130, representing 139 member institutions. With more than 95% of Canadians living within 50 km of a member institution, and thanks to our extensive reach around the globe, we work every day to futureproof communities in Canada and abroad.

50 years is a milestone worth celebrating! As much as this is our birthday year, it’s also about the incredible system we are lucky enough to represent. It’s an opportunity to reflect on the impact we have had together since 1972 and share our joint vision for the impact we will have in the future.

We have an exciting celebratory year planned, so stay tuned. To kick it off, travel back to where it all began with an in-depth look at our history and growth over the years, and explore a brand-new timeline of our key milestones!

Be a part of our birthday year!

Looking back also means looking forward, and we want to hear from you. We’re calling on our members, partners, and friends from across Canada and around the world to join us in reflecting what the future has in store in a series of texts that will be shared throughout the year. Share your vision that will inspire the next 50 years!

Still to come:

  • On advocacy: A look at our work at the federal level over the past 50 years. What have been the biggest priorities of the college and institute sector and how have we been able to advance those priorities for economic growth and prosperity?
  • On Canadian partnerships: A closer look at our relationships with Canadian partners, government, businesses, and industry leaders. What role do we – and our members – play in Canada and how do the relationships we build respond to emerging needs?
  • Around the world: An in-depth look at our history in international projects. How has international development changed and how does the Canadian model for education contribute to sustainability abroad?

Reminder: Get your crew together for our Connection Conference!

New this yearExtra discounts on institutional registrations. Institutional groups of five to 14 participants will receive an automatic 10% discount. For institutional registrations of 15 participants or more, a 15% discount will be applied!

Health and safety is our number one concern: This year’s event will be a hybrid event, which means we will be welcoming participants online and in person in Halifax! The health and safety of all attendees remains our priority and we will be taking extra steps to protect everyone attending the event in person.

Post-secondary leaders are Navigating AnewRegister now and mark your calendars for April 25-27!

LIVE: Inside the mental health shadow pandemic

Episode 4 of Perspectives LIVE airs January 19! Mental health is on everyone’s mind these days. Though we’ve seen some success in raising awareness and addressing the stigma around mental health, the urgency to do more still remains. How has the past year changed what wellness means?

A year and a half after the world’s first national standard on mental health and well-being for post-secondary students, what does mental health on campus look like?

Survey: How well does Mitacs meet college and institute needs?

Did you know that Mitacs programs provide opportunities for college and institute students to participate in applied research projects and contribute to the growth of small businesses? Tell us about your experience with Mitacs: what works, what doesn’t, and what could be improved!

  • Share this survey with your applied research networks; co-op, work-integrated learning and career services offices, and relevant faculty deans and department chairs. Deadline: January 17.

Webinar: The basics of climate action on your campus

What kind of ImpAct can you make on climate change? Our ImpAct-Climate project is helping members’ net-zero and climate action on their campuses – and we have resources available! Join our webinar for an introduction to climate science as it pertains to educational institutions and an overview of resources like our best practices guide, faculty training modules, open education resources, and more to come! January 26.

Bursaries: 20 students awarded this year’s Paul and Gerri Charette Bursary!

The Paul and Gerri Charette Bursary provides financial support to college and institute students that demonstrate financial need and face challenges or barriers to participating in and completing post-secondary education. 20 bursaries of $5,000 are awarded each year!

  • This year, bursaries will be awarded to students attending: Canadore College, Capilano University, Cégep de Rimouski, Cégep John Abbott College, Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick, College of New Caledonia, College of the North Atlantic, Cumberland College, Great Plains College, Keyano College, Medicine Hat College, Niagara College, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, North Island College, Northern Lakes College, Okanagan College, Parkland College, Portage College, Selkirk College, and Yukon University. Congratulations!

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that Humber College is launching two new microcredentials to help mental wellness and healthcare professionals reskill and upskill as the needs of the industry evolve? The new Excellence in Mental Health Leadership and Mental Wellness for Front-line Health-Care Professionals microcredentials will both be funded through a $15-million investment from the province of Ontario!


Cégep André-Laurendeau appointed Nathalie Giguère as director general for a mandate of five years.

Red Deer Polytechnic appointed Richard Longtin as vice-president, External Relation.

Georgian College appointed Maher Ghalayini as associate vice-president, Academic.

Send Us Your News

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.