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June 27, 2022

Strong and successful small businesses make resilient and sustainable communities (SDGs 8 & 9)

Did you know that small businesses make up more than 98% of employer businesses in Canada and employ more than 10 million individuals? That’s a huge footprint and represents almost two thirds (64%) of the total labour force! Chances are, when you go shopping, dine-out, or visit a local coffee shop, you’re interacting with a small or medium-sized business.  

Strong small businesses ensure resilient and sustainable communities, and SMEs are vital players in our collective sustainability agenda – particularly SDG 8 (Decent work and economic growth) and SDG 9 (Industry, innovation and infrastructure).  

For colleges and institutes, supporting SMEs means equipping students (especially diverse and underrepresented innovators) with skills to launch their own ideas confidently to help make our economy greener and fairer! 

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Yukon University supports Yukoners starting businesses and developing new products and services with funding, resources, expertise, and incubation from beginning to end.  
  • The university is also a Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub and works to identify additional barriers and challenges faced by women entrepreneurs and provide support to overcome them. 

SMEs are also partners of choice for college and institute applied research and innovation. In fact, the latest data shows that of 8,000 total college and institute applied research partnerships (67% were with SMEs who often do not have the capacity or resources to conduct cutting-edge research on their own)! 

  • Each year, more and more Canadian businesses of all sizes benefit from real solutions to real problems. And each year, more Canadians as a whole benefit from innovation that contributes to the long-term sustainability of Canadian industry. 

June 27 is Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Day! Today (and everyday), be sure to support local MSMEs and think about how your own entrepreneurial skills, ideas and aspirations could help make Canada futureproof. 

50 years! Tomorrow’s leadership

The latest in our 50th anniversary series! Nicole Rouiller, past director general of Cégep Marie-Victorin reflects on what it takes to lead in the college and institute sector: yesterday, today, and tomorrow. What skills will be required to meet the challenges of the 21st century?

Did you miss our Annual General Meeting?

This past year was filled with many challenges and many successes! We presented the key facts and figures in our Annual Report for 2021-2022. Check it out online!

Congratulations! TWO recipients awarded for their distinguished service

Past Georgian College president MaryLynn West-Moynes and British Columbia Institute of Technology president Kathy Kinloch were recognized for their exceptional leadership qualities and contributions that they have made in their respective institutions and in the Canadian postsecondary community! 

Access recordings from our Connection Conference

All pre-recorded presentations and recordings of live sessions are available for registered participants in the presentation gallery until October 31. If you didn’t register, access the conference platform and all recordings, including keynote addresses, live sessions recordings, and the presentation gallery for a small fee! 

Help us raise awareness about climate change with a creative promotional campaign (SDG 13)

Do you have creative ideas? We need your help to develop a national promotional campaign to increase awareness about climate change and promote behaviour change in order to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in the college and institute sector. Deadline: June 30. 

Share your priorities for the 2023 federal budget!

Pre-budget consultations in advance of Budget 2023 are now open. Submit a brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. (We are too)! Deadline: October 8. 


Must read: Parliamentary recommendations open opportunities for action

The reports of two parliamentary committees share recommendations that could amplify the impact of colleges and institutes across the country. (The committee recommendations also include many of our own recommendations from our various federal submissions). Be sure to discuss key recommendations with your local Members of Parliament and at other meetings with federal stakeholders! 


We’re taking international education and development in a bold new direction (SDG 4)

We’re making waves with a new vision for international education! Our new three-year International Strategy will futureproof the Canadian college and institute network through internationalization and global engagement. Check it out! 

Report: Best practices in Environmental Sustainability in the Extractive Sector (SDG 15)

A new report from our Education for Employment in the Pacific Alliance teamhighlights the best practices and policies on environmental sustainability shared over the course of its latest intersectoral forum. Use it and share it with your partners as a tool to motivate and inspire creativity in managing natural resources! 

Survey: Help identify trends in digital learning

The Canadian Digital Learning Research Association is conducting its 2022 National Survey of Online and Digital Learning. Your perspective is highly valuable and will help identify ongoing trends in digital learning in Canada! Share this survey with senior administrators; leaders in teaching and learning; deans, directors, and faculty; and any other who want to share their perspectives. Deadline: June 30.  

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that Portage College recently partnered with National Advanced Placement & Prior Learning (N-APPL) to provide advanced credit to current and former members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) based on their military training and experience? The N-APPL Program is a group of Canadian post-secondary institutions that understand the transferability of military training and fasttrack past and present members of the CAF through credentials or certification in civilian life based on their military training and experience! (SDG 17)


Mohawk College appointed Cebert Adamson as Vice President, Academic and Katie Burrows as Vice President, Students, Alumni and International. College of the Rockies appointed Stephanie Wells as Dean, Business and University Arts and Science 

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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.