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July 10, 2017

A Brazilian student studying Computer Programming at Algonquin College tries out a 3D printer.

Celebrating a growing collaboration in education between Canada and Brazil

Summer is here – which, for many, means planning that big trip abroad!

During the academic year, international opportunities offer invaluable experiences for students, staff, and faculty; and, the strength of our Canadian college and institute network internationally means that new opportunities are constantly being generated around the globe. This month, we want to celebrate the more-than-ten-year-strong relationship in post-secondary education between Canada and one country in particular: Brazil.

Canadian colleges and institutes have a long-standing, fruitful relationship with their counterparts in Brazil – one that has generated countless student and faculty exchanges, contributing to the rich diversity of colleges and institutes.

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is proud to play a leadership role in this relationship, having facilitated a variety of institutional partnerships promoting student mobility and implemented programs in support of professional and technical education in Brazil. Mulheres Mil (The Thousand Women Program), designed to promote gender equality and provide access to technical and vocational education and training (TVET); Ciencia sem Fronteiras (Science without Borders), promoting the internationalization of science and technology through student study and research exchanges; and the Brazil-Canada Technological and Professional Fellowship Exchange, facilitating faculty and administrative exchanges between Brazilian and Canadian institutions, have long formed the basis of the strong educational collaboration between Canada and Brazil.

In 2016-17, to recognize the privileged relationship CICan has held with Brazil for more than a decade, the association, in collaboration with the Conselho Nacional das Instituições da Rede Federal de Educação Profissional, Científica e Tecnológica (Conif), was proud to implement the Canada-Brazil Scholarship Program (CBSP), through which 10 Canadian colleges and institutes welcomed 19 Brazilian students studying in English or  French. Earlier this year, we were privileged to have two of these students visit our national headquarters in Ottawa to share their experiences!

Further to the request of Brazilian federal institutes, CICan was thrilled to announce in May 2017 the launch of a brand new outbound student mobility program to allow Canadian students studying at colleges and institutes to pursue an international experience in Brazil. The program will offer a minimum of 33 bursaries to allow Canadian students to benefit from an intercultural experience, furthering the partnership already in place between Canadian and Brazilian institutions. For more information, read the full press release here.

The extension of the CBSP also included the addition of two new scholarships for students studying in the northern region of Brazil through the Canada-Brazil Scholarship Program for the North Region (CBSPN). Two students are expected to start their programs at colleges and institutes in Canada in the fall.

These types of relationships provide indispensable learning experiences for Canadians and Brazilians looking to join a global workforce. CICan is looking forward to many more fruitful years of collaboration with Brazil and with its many partners around the globe!

Member News

New CICan funding provides up to $15,000 to expand your work in natural resources

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Do you have an applied research project or organizational initiative in the natural resources sectors? Or is one of your institutional partners involved in natural resources?

CICan is proud to launch a new internship program that provides eligible employers, including post-secondary institutions, with a wage subsidy of up to $15,000 to hire an intern for 6-12 months. The program will provide placements in STEM related positions in the natural resources sectors that aim to protect the environment or create new processes with positive environmental outcomes.

Selected by Natural Resources Canada as a delivery organization for the youth internship initiative, part of the federal government’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES), CICan will place 200 recent graduates over the next two years in green internships in the natural resources sectors (forestry, mining, energy).

These internships will equip grads with the skills they need to succeed in the green economy and provide meaningful work experience to jumpstart their career.

For more information, read the full press release here, or contact Florence Touré at

CICan members recruit students in the Philippines


On June 16, 2017, the Embassy of Canada in the Philippines announced the launch of the Study Direct Stream (SDS) Program, an initiative developed in collaboration with CICan, and designed to streamline the study permit application process for Philippine residents looking to study at a publicly funded post-secondary institution in Canada. The program is supported by Scotiabank, which provides eligible students the opportunity to purchase a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) to satisfy the financial statement requirements of the SDS.

“There are many advantages to studying in Canada, including world class institutions, lower costs, and a safe and healthy environment for students”, said Ambassador John Holmes of Canada. “The improvements to the Embassy’s visa processing system, including those offered by the SDS Program, is just one more reason why Filipino students should make Canada their destination of choice.”

In association with the launch, CICan was pleased to organize the first Canadian college-and-institute-specific recruitment fair along with a series of orientation seminars. This allowed 20 CICan member institutions to highlight their expertise in a number of in-demand program areas such as, Arts and Creative Industries, Business and Entrepreneurship, Information Technology and Engineering, Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts, and Health and Medical Science to Filipino post-secondary institutions, education agents, guidance counsellors, students and parents. More than 600 students and parents attended the event.

For more information, click here.

CICan staff participate on expert panel at international energy conference

Members of CICan’s Kenya Education for Employment Program (KEFEP) team were proud to participate in GetEnergy Global 2017 – an international event connecting the oil and gas industry, governments, and the education and training sectors – in London, UK from May 8-9, 2017. The KEFEP team took the opportunity to underline the importance of putting partners in the driver’s seat when developing and implementing local TVET projects.

During the conference, CICan’s Senior Technical Advisor in Kenya, Moritz Schmidt participated in a panel focused on solutions to maximize local participation in the workforce and the wider supply chain for mega projects in East Africa. He stressed the importance of aligning expectations with the realities of the local community to ensure project success. CICan Senior Project Officer, Catherine Paquin participated in a panel about the role of international partners in creating a local solution, where she discussed the importance of including and trusting local partners in the decision making process to ensure the sustainability of a project.

The Event was a great opportunity to network and meet with like-minded individuals and organizations in the Oil and Gas sector who feel that technical education and local ownership are crucial elements to increase employment and economic development.

CICan welcomes new board directors

We are proud to introduce CICan’s newest board directors, elected by members at the 46th Annual General Meeting:

We offer sincere thanks and our deep appreciation to Brian McMillan of Holland College and Hervé Pilon of Collège Montmorency for their dedication and years of service as they complete their terms on the board.

For full details of CICan’s Board of Directors, click here.

Celebrate World Youth Skills Day with UNESCO-UNEVOC


Rising youth unemployment is one of the most significant problems facing economies and societies in today’s world. This is the case for developed and developing countries alike – which is why, in 2015, the United Nations (UN) designated July 15th World Youth Skills Day to recognize the importance of skills acquisition as a method of empowering youth and helping them access changing labour markets.

UNESCO-UNEVOC encourages all UN Member States, international and regional organizations, youth-led organizations, and citizens to mark World Youth Skills Day on July 15th through education campaigns, volunteering, and public awareness-raising activities. They can also take part through social media, seminars, skills contests, and live shows.

To view UNESCO-UNEVOC activities for #WYSD2017, click here 

Get involved!

Call for submissions for CCUNESCO International Youth Day 2017


International Youth Day 2017 will be celebrated on August 12 under the theme “Youth Building Peace”. It will be dedicated to celebrating, highlighting and promoting the contributions of young people to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace.

The Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) will be celebrating International Youth Day by highlighting young Canadians who are promoting and building peace in their own schools, communities, or abroad. If you are or know a youth leader 15-30 year of age, residing in Canada or who is a Canadian living abroad, we invite you to participate! Youth may be self-nominated or nominated by someone who is familiar with their work and experiences.

Chosen youth leaders will be featured on CCUNESCO’s social media platforms during its campaign for the International Youth Day.

For more information on the eligibility criteria and the required material for the submission, click here.

Give your input on Canada’s energy future


Meeting climate change goals is one of the greatest challenges of this generation – and Canada is looking for your input!

In May, Minister of Natural Resources James Carr launched Generation Energy, kicking off a national conversation on the future of energy in Canada – creating a vision for Canada’s long-term energy future, setting generational goals and values, and identifying pathways to a low-carbon future.

Stakeholders and Canadians can connect by sharing ideas on the Generation Energy interactive website and on social media using the hashtag #GenEnergy, by hosting a local energy conversation, and during a Forum that will take place in October 2017.

Don’t miss this opportunity to help Natural Resources Canada write the next chapter in Canada’s energy story!

Note: Over the summer, Perspectives will be published once a month. The next issue will be published on August 14. Bi-weekly publication will resume Sept 5, 2017.

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that Selkirk College offers a three-year Rural Pre-Medicine program at the college’s Castlegar campus? The innovative medical program prepares physicians and health professionals for the unique challenges of providing healthcare in rural and remote communities. Find out more about this program here.


Northern College, Conestoga College and the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) welcomed back Presidents with renewed terms. Fred Gibbons will continue his term as President and CEO of Northern College for a third term, until 2022; Dr. John Tibbits will extend his term as President of Conestoga College until 2020; and Dr. Michel Tarko will serve a second term as President and CEO of JIBC until 2022. Congratulations!

The Okanagan College Foundation was also pleased to welcome a new President and Board Chair. Sharron Simpson will take on the role after having joined the Foundation Board in 2013. Congratulations!


Canada’s 150th Anniversary! 

Submissions for CICan’s Canada 150 project are ongoing. Check out our Canada 150 website for more details.

A new crowdfunding platform 

Crowdfunding options are available for students looking to launch creative ideas to give back to their communities through fundmy150. Read more here.

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