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October 17, 2016

Four panelists discuss the economic impact of colleges and institutes at the iPoliticsLive report launch event in Ottawa.

Economic Impact Report Highlights College and Institute Contribution to Canadian Economy

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) was pleased to launch an exciting new report on the economic impact of colleges and institutes in Canada during an iPoliticsLive event in Ottawa on Wednesday, October 5.

Conducted by Emsi, an international leader in economic modelling specialized in higher education and workforce development, the study detailed the contribution of colleges and institutes to the national economy, providing quantifiable evidence of the ways these institutions benefit both students and society.

Among the most exciting findings, the study concluded that:

  • A total of over $190 billion in added income for the national economy in 2014-15 was generated by colleges and institutes, and the people they have trained;
  • For every dollar spent on tuition and associated costs, college and institute graduates earned an average of $3.80 in lifetime earnings, while Canadian society as a whole received $5.40 in added national income and social savings for every dollar spent on providing college education;
  • And approximately $1.6 billion in income was added to the national economy during the analysis year by the 56,500 international students enrolled at Canadian colleges and institutes.

Presenting the data to open the iPoliticsLive event, CICan President and CEO Denise Amyot noted that the study confirms the tremendous impact of colleges and institutes across the country. “It is a meaningful measure of the value of a college education, both to graduates who benefit from the skills they have acquired for the duration of their career and to society as a whole,” she said.

The event was concluded with a lively discussion on the subject by four invited panelists: Algonquin College President Cheryl Jensen; Jean-Pierre Voyer, President and CEO of the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation; Susan Swan, CICan Board Member and former oil industry executive; and University of Ottawa Professor Ross Finnie.

CICan would like to thank iPolitics, our four panelists, as well as moderator Catherine Clark for such a successful event!

For more information, see the full report here.

For video of the iPoliticsLive event on the economic impact of colleges and institute, go to iPolitics Facebook page.

Member News

Seven nursing students from College of the Rockies participate in field school excursion in Kenya

Fleming College launches new post-graduate program in environmental and land-use planning

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) partners with the Canadian Mental Health Association on one-day mental health workshop geared towards Indigenous students

Fanshawe College receives $6.2 million in federal and provincial funding towards the construction of a new biotechnology research centre

BC invests $1.9 million in trades training at Northern Lights College

Province invests $1.79 million in trades training at University of the Fraser Valley

Holland College and UPEI receive a combined $20.84 million in federal funding for research infrastructure

Niagara College celebrates week-long Yellow Umbrella Project in support of mental health awareness on campus

Quatre étudiants du programme Soins infirmiers du Cégep de La Pocatière s’envolent pour la France

Le Cégep de Victoriaville annonce la sortie d’une recherche portant sur le transfert d’entreprise agricole à une relève non apparentée

Le Collège Shawinigan obtient une fois de plus la certification Cégep vert du Québec

L’École nationale d’aérotechnique du Cégep Édouard-Montpetit obtient le label « Dassault Systèmes Academy Member »

Le Cégep de la Pocatière reçoit une délégation brésilienne dans le cadre d’un programme de transferts de technologies

Le Cégep de Jonquière annonce le lancement d’un nouveau programme d’attestation d’études collégiales (AEC) Technique de production en microbrasserie

Join us for CICan’s Applied Research, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Forum!


With only three weeks to go until its Applied Research, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Forum, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is busy planning an exciting two days filled with discussions on the topic of “Fast-Tracking Inclusive Innovation.”

The event – hosted by Seneca College from November 7-8, 2016 – will bring together college and institute leaders in applied research, entrepreneurship and skills training; the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs; and a full range of government, industry and community partners.

Six sessions will touch on subjects such as real-world innovation, commercialization, and collaborative ecosystems, with speakers from industry, government, and education, including David Agnew, President of Seneca College; Robert Hardt, President and CEO of Siemens Canada; Andrea Stairs, Managing Director of eBay; and JP Gladu, President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.

We are looking forward to a lively exchange on how to create a more innovative Canada.

The other exciting aspect of the forum will be this year’s Student Showcase, during which students will have the opportunity to explain how participating in an applied research project has equipped them with the skills they need as they set out in their careers, while young entrepreneurs will be able to present their business and explain how the services provided by a college or institute supported their education.

The showcase will also include a pitch competition with a panel of judges including Members of Parliament Dr. Geng Tan and Raj Grewal.

CICan invites you to join colleagues, partners and stakeholders from across the country to share strategies and success stories on how colleges and institutes are helping to make Canada a “confident nation of innovators”. For more information and to register, click here.

Call for Presentations for CICan’s 2017 Conference


Canada is celebrating its 150th Anniversary and colleges and institutes across Canada will be gathering April 30-May 2 in Ottawa at the CICan “Celebration” Conference!

The Conference will showcase the contribution of colleges and institutes in building a more prosperous and equitable Canada which embraces diversity and inclusion, openness and a strong sense of pride.

Colleges and Institutes are invited to submit presentations that will celebrate excellence and innovative practices and approaches in the following six thematic strands: teaching, learning and student success; applied research, entrepreneurship, and innovation; leadership and governance; serving Indigenous communities; serving rural, remote and northern communities; and international.

To submit please click here. All submissions must be made before Monday, November 21, 2016.

Sample a career with the CAF

The Canadian Forces Recruiting Group (CFRG) is hosting several Influencer Events across Canada to highlight some of the incredible work they do. Take advantage of this opportunity. Discover the various jobs offered by the CAF, test some equipment, visit training facilities, eat in the cafeteria and talk with employees.

The Influencer Events occur to ensure that uniformed members reflect the landscape of the Canadian population, and endeavour to increase the representation of women, visible minorities and Aboriginal people. We are seeking interested and highly motivated participants (career counsellors, job placement officer or professors) who believe they have the professional ability to act as ambassadors for the employment and educational opportunities available within the CAF. Ambassadors are also welcomed to bring a student who is demonstrating interest in a job with the CAF.

Four events are scheduled at the following dates* and locations:

  • Canadian Forces Base Halifax, Nova Scotia – 23-26 October, 2016
  • Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School (CFLRS), Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec – 20-23 November, 2016
  • Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, Victoria, British Columbia – 12-15 February 2017
  • Canadian Forces Base Borden, Ontario – 5-8 March 2017

To be eligible to attend, you must be available for the entirety of the event dates, and must work with or be connected to one or more of the aforementioned employment equity groups.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Lisa Daigle for further information at (613) 746-2222 ext 3199.

The CAF is committed to diversity and takes its responsibility to increase the representation of women, visible minorities and Indigenous peoples very seriously.  Therefore, these trips are in no way touristic opportunities. All costs associated with these events are absorbed by the CFRG and include: accommodation, transportation and meals.  No out of pocket costs will be incurred by our invited guests.

*The noted dates are tentative and may be modified.

CCUNESCO now accepting applications for its Youth Advisory Group


The Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) has positions to fill in its Youth Advisory Group (YAG). If you are between the ages of 18-30, are actively engaged in your community and connect with UNESCO’s mission and vision, submit your application now!

Members of our YAG help identify the issues and concerns of youth in their communities, provide recommendations, and help us develop new initiatives and activities locally, regionally and nationally. They also take part in UNESCO-related events, such as our Annual General Meeting and the consultations in preparation for the UNESCO Youth Forum, and act as liaisons between their organizations and networks, and the Commission.  YAG members are key players to ensure youth engagement in UNESCO programmes and activities in Canada.

If interested, please submit your application form along with your résumé before October 18, 2016 to Audrey Courval.

For more information and to download the application form, click here.

CICan commits to inclusion in education with Vitória Declaration


Amid the celebrations at the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics’ (WFCP) 2016 World Congress – which brought together nearly 1,000 leaders of professional and technical training and education from around the world in Vitória, Brazil at the end of September – the federation welcomed the signing of the 2016 Vitória Declaration on Inclusion by its members, including Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan).

As a signatory, CICan recognized and affirmed its responsibility and obligation to inclusion in education, committing to seven inclusive principles including building relationships to be accountable to traditionally marginalized communities, implementing various intellectual and cultural traditions in approaches to learning, and ensuring governance structures respect all people.

The Declaration follows a global commitment to the 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which underlined the importance of inclusion and access to education in global development. The Declaration was also largely inspired by CICan’s Indigenous Education Protocol, which commits to making Indigenous education a priority and has 47 signatories.

Click here for more information about the 2016 Vitória Declaration and CICan’s Indigenous Education Protocol.

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that Algonquin College is launching a $44.9-million building and renovation project that will include a new Institute for Indigenous Entrepreneurship? The new institute will be the first of its kind at a college in Ontario and will operate on a traditional “we before me” model, bringing entrepreneurship initiatives from students to the community. For more information about the institute and the announcement, click here.


Mohawk College was pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Armstrong as the college’s new Vice President Academic. Armstrong has served in a number of positions with Mohawk College over the past 25 years, most recently as Dean, Health Sciences, Community and Urban Studies.

Conestoga College welcomed Peter Benninger as the new Chair of the college’s Board of Governors. Benninger, founder and owner of Coldwell Banker Peter Benninger Realty, has served as a member of the board since 2012.


CSA Group Survey

CICan members can still contribute to the development of standards. Click here to complete the CSA Group survey.

4th Skills and PSE Summit 2016

Registration for the Conference Board of Canada’s (CBOC) 4th annual Skill and Post-Secondary Education Summit 2016 is on-going. Click here for more information and to register.

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