We all have a role to play in energy efficiency (SDG 7)
Did you know that renewable energy sources currently provide about 18% of Canada’s total primary energy supply? Water, wind, and biomass are the most common. In fact, Canada is the world’s second largest producer of hydroelectricity!
SDG 7 challenges us to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. That means not only reducing our reliance on fossil fuels in favour of renewable energy sources, but also improving energy efficiency and storage systems to make sure that energy doesn’t go to waste and ensuring that everyone has access to reliable electricity.
Colleges and institutes are leaders in our renewable energy future! They train people to work in the clean and renewable energy sector and support industry to find innovative solutions to energy challenges in their communities.
- At British Columbia Institute of Technology’s School of Energy students learn skills that prepare them to work in industries focused on increasing energy efficiencies and developing cost-effective alternative energy sources. (Some of the programs include Chemical and Environmental Technology, Smart Grid Systems and Technologies and Mechatronics and Robotics Technology!)
- The School of Construction and the Environment connects the natural world and the built environment and prepares students to work in areas like Residential Renewable Energy and Sustainable Energy Management.
- Northern Energy Innovation at Yukon University (in partnership with Nunavut Arctic College and Aurora College) explores the unique energy challenges faced by northern communities. This includes reducing reliance on diesel fuel, making diesel energy more efficient, and technologies that support off-grid communities.
- At Lethbridge College, the four-week Vestas Wind Turbine Technician Readiness program (launching later this year!) will help knock down some of the barriers to entry for women who are interested in careers in the trades and renewable energy.
- At Saskatchewan Polytechnic, the Energy and Resources Lab is a hub for all energy-related applied research and training programs, focusing on alternative energy technologies, smart grids, and energy efficient home construction.
- At Conestoga College, Renewable Energy Techniques gives students the skills and knowledge to create, install, and maintain functional renewable energy systems using solar power, wind, solar-thermal technologies, and other forms of alternative energies.
- At Lambton College, the Lambton Energy Research Centre specializes in research, development, and commercialization of renewable energy management and optimization technologies.
- The centre’s Sustainable SmartHouse is as a teaching facility and testing lab for industrial partners pursuing research in renewable energy management and optimization.
- At Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles, Nergica is a research centre dedicated to innovation in renewable energies, exploring solutions like wind and solar photovoltaic energies, reduction of costs related to energy infrastructure, and accelerating our transition away from fossil fuels.
- At Cégep de Jonquière, the Centre TERRE (Technologies des Énergies Renouvelables et du Rendement Énergétique) is both a research and learning centre that specializes in green technologies and renewable energies, including wind, water, sun, and bio energies.
- At Holland College, students in Energy Systems Engineering Technology explore how energy is produced, stored, distributed and used, and learn green building principles for things like insulation, heating and cooling, and electrical. Graduates can apply for a five-year equivalency toward their Certified Energy Manager designation.
- At Nova Scotia Community College, the two-year Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology diploma prepares students to work in energy assessment and management, energy-efficient design, renewable energy and energy storage, and greenhouse gas emission assessment.
We all have a role to play in energy efficiency! By being more aware of our energy usage at home, investing in clean renewable energies, and contributing to innovation in the field, we can improve our health and the environment, drive economic growth and create green jobs, and help to ensure affordable access to clean energy for all.
Listen: Our first 50th anniversary podcast!
Take a trip back in time as we speak to the people who helped shape CICan and witnessed first-hand the growth of Canada’s college system. This episode features special guests Terry Anne Boyles, our former Vice-President and one of the earliest staff members; Robert Gordon, former CICan Board Chair; and Gerry Brown, former President and CEO of CICan. Moderated by Marilyn Luscombe, former president of New Brunswick Community College.
Save more with TD Insurance.
Did you know that CICan members 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.
Common Car Insurance Myths – Separating Fact from Fiction
With so many insurance stories from so many different drivers, it’s important to know what’s true and what’s not. We’ve taken some of the most common myths we’ve been asked by customers and debunked each statement. Now you can find out what factors really do affect your car insurance. Learn more about common car insurance myths with TD Insurance!
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Due to provincial legislation, this car insurance program is not offered in British Columbia, Manitoba or Saskatchewan.
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Survey: Help us showcase the impact of college and institute applied research and innovation. (SDG 9)
Our biannual Applied Research Survey is now open! Your responses help us paint a clear picture of how college and institute applied research supports businesses, provides opportunities for students, and contributes to the Canadian innovation ecosystem. By showcasing the impact, we can also make a stronger case for more funding. Deadline: September 30.
- Questions about the survey or how we use your responses? Join our webinar: September 8.
Public review: Share your feedback on our first-ever national occupational standard for personal care providers. (SDG 3)
We want to hear from you! The draft national occupational standard for personal care providers (PSWs, HCAs, CCAs, RCWs, etc.) has entered the public review phase. This national occupational standard will provide voluntary guidelines to help employers, educators, and job seekers make informed decisions about hiring, skills training, and career choices. Share your feedback before September 8.
Make equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) a priority in your institution’s governance and leadership.
By accepting the Government of Canada’s 50-30 Challenge, you commit to achieving 50% gender parity on your board and senior management team; as well as at least 30% representation of other equity-deserving groups, including Indigenous people, racialized persons, people living with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ2+ community. We’re an ecosystem partner! Join the 50-30 Challenge.
On the blog: We’re looking to the future and beyond traditional investment models. (SDG 11)
The world is a very different place than it was just three years ago. We have an opportunity now to think about investment differently to better ensure that our work contributes to a more equitable and sustainable world as we recover from a global pandemic. Impact investing ensures that pressing global issues – like gender equality, poverty reduction, and climate change – are not secondary considerations to success.
Career Launcher is expanding to offer work-integrated learning for trades apprentices! (SDG 8)
Over two years, more than 6,000 apprentices in one of 39 Red Seal Trades in the Construction and Manufacturing sectors will benefit from work-integrated learning experiences through Career Launcher. This latest expansion builds on Career Launcher’s model of providing wage subsidies for employers to hire post-secondary students and recent graduates for internship opportunities.
NEW! Scholarship program will address inequality in developing countries. (SDG 4 & SDG 10)
We have teamed up with Universities Canada to administer the Canadian International Development Scholarships 2030! The scholarships will provide people, particularly women, in more than 24 developing countries with high-quality, inclusive education and training opportunities to better their lives and their communities.
Webinar: Emerging markets for international student recruitment. (SDG 4)
A lot has changed in international student recruitment over the last two years. Join us to discuss our latest report on the subject! We’ve invited some experts to share their thoughts on trends in key regions and markets of focus such as: Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Webinar: August 18.
WFCP: Canadian post-secondary leaders recognized internationally for excellence.
12 Canadian leaders in post-secondary education were recognized by the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics’ fifth annual Awards of Excellence! The awards recognize WFCP member institutions and celebrate their contributions to excellence in the global TVET sector.
Did you know that Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Career Development Centre holds a monthly co-op information session for employers? The sessions give employers tips about hiring KPU students, how it can help build a future talent pipeline, and how some employers could qualify for funding opportunities. They also help KPU build strong relationships with local industries! (SDG 8 & SDG 9)
Coast Mountain College appointed Laurie Waye as President and CEO.
CICan welcomed seven new members to its board of directors: Dennis Johnson, Ray Karasevich, Alice Wainwright-Steward, Pierre Zundel, André Gobeil, Rebecca Jamieson and Ajay Patel.
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