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March 25, 2019

A closer look at Budget 2019 and what it means for colleges and institutes

Last week Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the Liberal government’s final budget before the next federal election. With “Investing in the Middle Class,” the Government of Canada is committing to well-paying jobs, affordable housing, and skills training to face the future. These new measures – many of which align with our pre-Budget recommendations submitted last fall – are important steps in creating a future where Canadians have access to the skills training they need to be successful throughout their lifetimes.

For colleges and institutes, highlights from Budget 2019 include support for skills training and lifelong learning, global skills and student mobility, and Indigenous education. The college and institute mandate is deeply aligned with equality and growth for a strong middle class, and we can’t wait to watch the contributions of our members to a better Canada.

Here is a closer look at just a few of the key commitments Budget 2019 makes relative to colleges and institutes:

Skills training and lifelong learning

  • This budget takes significant steps toward developing a national skills and lifelong-learning strategy with the creation of the Canada Training Credit and the Employment Insurance Training Support Benefit, programs that will make continuing education and reskilling more accessible to adult learners facing uncertainty in their workplace.
  • Also included is an investment of $798.2 million over five years in work-integrated learning through an expanded Student Work Placement Program, investment in additional placement opportunities, and partnering with the Business/Higher Education Roundtable to support up to 84,000 new work placements per year by 2023-24 for post-secondary students across Canada.
  • Additionally, Budget 2019 promises to improve access to broadband connectivity across the country, and especially in isolated communities will boost economic development at the local level. Access to the internet and cutting–edge digital technology is essential, particularly for the rural and remote communities our members serve.

Global skills and student mobility

  • With $147.9 million over five years to develop a new International Education Strategy, Budget 2019 includes a ground-breaking commitment to an outbound student mobility program. Preparing Canadians with the intercultural skills to compete in a global marketplace is imperative to their personal career growth and Canada’s economic success.

Indigenous Education

  • The renewal of the Post-Secondary Student Support Program for First Nations students and new targeted investments for Inuit- and Métis-led strategies, as well as additional funding for Indspire, will provide much needed support for Indigenous learners. As the main providers of post-secondary education among Indigenous communities, colleges and institutes have a critical role to play and look forward to engaging with all stakeholders.

Though this budget continues to support innovation, it was lacking in new measures for applied research at colleges and institutes. CICan will continue to press for additional research support to provide the innovation skills that today’s learners need, including up-to-date learning facilities and a stable enabling environment for applied research.

As colleges and institutes are poised to play important leadership roles in each of these areas, we see Budget 2019 as supporting the strengths and potential of our members across the country!

CICan’s president and CEO, Denise Amyot was on Parliament Hill last week and had the pleasure of speaking to CBC’s Rosemary Barton about these Budget highlights immediately following the announcement. Watch the full clip here. We were also happy to provide our Budget analysis in our annual post-Budget message to presidents.

Read the full Budget 2019 press release.

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Red Deer College (RDC) is offering the eLearning Instructor Certificate to help you design and deliver high-quality online courses. The eight courses in this certificate are delivered fully online. The certificate can be completed in one year, with part-time options available.

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Be inspired by #CICan19 Keynote speakers!

Don’t miss CICan’s annual conference and the chance to hear from an incredible selection of keynote speakers! This list includes:

  • Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement and civil rights advocate shining a light on stories of survivors and voices that continue to be marginalized;
  • Vikram Vij, celebrity chef and acclaimed entrepreneur; and,
  • Luke Anderson, founder of STOPGAP and advocate for accessibility speaking on behalf of the Rick Hansen Foundation.

Read more about each speaker on our Conference 2019 website.

With the theme Inclusion: A Recipe for Success, this year’s conference is divided into six thematic streams: Leading Success, Future Ready, Student Success, Innovative Education, Entrepreneurial Approaches, and Going Global. To learn more about sessions and themes, view the full program here.

Join us and our host Niagara College from May 5-7, 2019Register now!

Pre-Conference Forum: “Sustainability of Campuses in Small Communities”

Ahead of Conference 2019, join us this year in Owen Sound, ON with our host Georgian College for the Pre-Conference Forum for Colleges Serving Rural, Remote and Northern Communities!

With this year’s theme, Sustainability of Campuses in Small Communities, in mind, sessions will be organized in seven key topics: Access, Community and Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, Research and Innovation, Program Mix, Faculty Attraction and Retention, and Highly Skilled Workforce.

The Pre-conference Forum is an opportunity to explore and share strategies and best practices on how colleges and institutes can improve sustainability on regional campuses; and to learn from other communities about social innovation, economic development and entrepreneurship solutions from a sustainability standpoint.

Register now!

Webinar: Linguistic profiles of international college and institute students

Canada stands out as one of the most desirable study destinations in the world. Here, international students can study at any level in French, English, or both of the country’s official languages.

Join us for a webinar presenting data recently released by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on the linguistic profile of international students in Canada according to country of origin and level of study. These findings will provide members with a market overview and useful information to better understand the extent of the demand for French-language studies from key emerging markets.

Date and time: April 10, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm 

For more information, visit the event website. To register, send an email to Pam Hedderson at

ATTN Presidents and Reconciliation leads: take part in “Perspectives on Reconciliation: A Summer Institute”

The McConnell Foundation, Vancouver Island University, and Yukon College, with support from CICan and Universities Canada, are pleased to share an invitation to the Summer Institute: “Perspectives on Reconciliation,” aiming to accelerate the work that has begun toward reconciliation in post-secondary, and to connect the various initiatives and leaders at the forefront of this important journey.

The event will take place in Whitehorse, Yukon from August 12-15th, 2019, with an optional pre-event program in Dawson City, August 10-11th, 2019.

The institute program will showcase the most valuable lessons learned and promising practices in the areas of policy, programs, services, space, and governance; as well as create a generative space in which each participant will be able to identify and advance strategy and pathways for reconciliation in their specific context.

Because of the unique responsibilities of their roles, the institute will feature two tracks: one tailored specifically for Reconciliation leads, and one for presidents. At various times, the two tracks will work both independently and together.

If interested in attending, complete the online registration form, or contact Kelly Hodgins at for more information.

Webinar: Help your grads launch valuable careers

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In today’s fast-moving economy, college and institute graduates need skills to adapt. Pairing in-class training with hands-on experience can help them to transition into careers shaped by emerging green and digital technologies.

Discover how CICan’s Career-Launcher Internships offer grads meaningful paid internships. Join us to learn how colleges and institutes, their graduates and local employers can benefit from this wage subsidy program. Participants will also hear from an intern and an employer who will share their first-hand experiences with the program.

Date and time: April 16, 2019 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm EST in English; and from 3:00pm to 4:00pm in French.  

Visit the event website for more information and to register.

Host a mental health discussion with the MHCC Dialogue in a Box toolkit

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) in partnership with CICan is looking for help to inform the content of a new Standard for Psychological Health and Safety for Post-Secondary Students!

To facilitate discussion, MHCC has put together a Dialogue in a Box toolkit and is encouraging Canadians and organizations across the country to host an event in their community. In the toolkit, you’ll find resources to help spread the word about meetings, tips on how to talk about student mental health, forms to submit thoughts and ideas to the Technical Committee, and more.

Your participation will not only help raise awareness of the project but also help ensure that efforts are informed by perspectives from across the country!

The standard will build on existing mental health strategies, national frameworks, and promising practices and create a consistent evidence-informed approach that any post-secondary institution across the country can implement. It will support student success by promoting and strengthening their psychological health and safety.

Host a dialogue in your community before May 31, 2019.

CICan EFE team celebrates Mozambican commitment to ending Corruption and Sexual Harassment

On February 14, CICan’s Skills Training for Employment in Mozambique (STEM) team celebrated the signing of Ministerial Decree Against Corruption and Sexual Harassment by Mozambican Minister of Science, Technology, Higher and Techno-Professional Education Jorge Nhambiu.

The commitment is a result of the strong advocacy work by both CICan and the National Directorate of Technical Education in Mozambique in the framework of the STEM Education for Employment (EFE) program, confronted with behaviours contrary to the ethics, including corruption and high rates of sexual abuse and violence, especially against girls.

Abuse and violence in schools, often committed by teachers or other civil servants, leads to early pregnancy, premature marriages, psychological trauma and school drop-out, putting girls’ futures at risk and excluding them from social, political and economic opportunities. Corruption is a source of degradation of values ​​and prevents the training of qualified professionals to build a better future.

The Ministerial Decree establishes a legal framework for the protection of students, especially girls, and will apply in all public and private techno-professional schools in Mozambique.

Watch this video to learn more about CICan’s work on this issue, and visit the STEM website.

Top reasons to get your programs recognized by the Canadian Armed Forces

The Canadian Armed Forces – Accreditation Certification Equivalency (CAF-ACE) is an online application program and a national equivalency database that looks to leverage programming provided by postsecondary institutions that aligns with the training and education requirements of the CAF. The CAF-ACE has recognized over 180 post-secondary programs so far and is constantly working to add new military training requirements and civilian programs to its portfolio.

  • Be an institution of choice for CAF recruits: As part of its recognition process, CAF-ACE identifies which programs qualify for subsidised education under the Non-Commissioned Member Subsidized Training and Education Plan or Incentives and Allowances plan. If your program is suitable, the CAF will pay the tuition, books and academic equipment of recruits that qualify.
  • Provide an alternate career path for your grads: Thanks to a prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) process, graduates from CAF-ACE recognized programs can bypass large portions of required CAF occupational training and concentrate on military training.

Submit your program to CAF-ACE for recognition today!

The CAF-ACE team can offer support and guidance to colleges and institutes throughout the submission process. For additional information visit the CAF-ACE website or email Lt(N) Donald (Doug) Gray, Manager, CAF-ACE, Military Personnel Generation Headquarters.

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that the Collège Montmorency recently launched a video project of diverse resources to support student learning? Produced through collaboration between the college’s Learning Support Services and Student Life Services, the short, animated videos tackle topics such as study strategies, note-taking, planning and organization, and stress management and are available to all students! Watch the videos here [available in French only].


New Brunswick Community College’s (NBCC) Board of Governors was pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Butler as the college’s new President and CEO. Previously NBCC’s Vice-President Academic and Research, Butler will assume her new role effective July 1, 2019. Butler replaces long-serving president Marilyn Luscombe, retiring June 30.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic was pleased to appoint Dr. Dennis Johnson to the role of Provost and Vice-President, Academic. Dr. Johnson brings 30 years of academic experience to the role. University of the Fraser valley also appointed a new vice-president. Dr. Alisa Webb was appointed to the role of Vice-President, Students after serving on an interim basis since June 2018.


Leadership Institutes

Register now for CICan’s 2019 Leadership Institutes.

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