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October 25, 2021

Protecting the promise of immigration

A stark reality for a country so heavily reliant on immigration: In 2020, Canada welcomed just under 185,000 immigrants. That’s down almost half from 2019 and is the lowest in any year since 1998! Facing significant demographic and labour-market challenges, we need an audacious plan to protect both the promise and the value of immigration.

From 2021-23, the Government of Canada aims to welcome over 400,000 new permanent residents each year. However, many new immigrants continue to face barriers that generate frustration and prevent employers from fully benefiting from their skills.

  • Any plan to increase immigration levels needs to be accompanied by increased supports to ensure skilled immigrants successfully settle and integrate into the labour market.

In our latest paper released last week, we set out to answer the “how?” in the immigration question: How can we ensure that those coming to start a new life in Canada have the resources and support they need to realize their aspirations?

We believe in “The role of newcomers and international students in driving Canadian economic growth.” Here’s how:

  1. A national employment pipeline for skilled newcomers will facilitate rapid and meaningful labour market integration. The big items in this list: a specific emphasis on a national workplace-focused language training program, work-integrated learning opportunities, and wraparound support services. We shared some examples of what we mean in a previous issue of Perspectives.
  2. We also need employer-recognized national microcredentials on in-demand Skills for Success (specifically those skills for success that newcomers most often lack without access to real Canadian work experiences). In April, we developed a new definition and guiding principles to serve as a national framework for microcredentials.
  3. Expanded streams to permanent residency for international students graduating from colleges and institutes will boost Canada’s talent pool. This recognizes the value of a Canadian credential in preparing students for the local labour market, as well as the additional supports colleges and institutes provide international students throughout their transition to Canadian life.

Newcomers and international students bring both economic and societal value to Canadian communities. But that value proposition is contingent upon the right support systems being in place.

  • If Canada truly wants to be a world leader in immigration, we need to both protect the promise of immigration (the promise of a better life in Canada) and ramp up our efforts to help skilled newcomers succeed in their new communities.

Awards of Excellence: nominate your institution!

Our Awards of Excellence recognize institutional excellence in six categories: Applied Research and Innovation, Program Excellence, Indigenous Education, Sustainable Development, NEW: Global Engagement, and NEW: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion! Canada’s colleges and institutes excel in so many ways. Show us how! Deadline: November 26.

Gold recipients in each category will receive a $1,000 prize courtesy of TD Insurance and a complimentary registration to the CICan 2022 hybrid Connection Conference, online and in Halifax!

Watch: Where are we heading?

Last week on Perspectives LIVE, we looked at the road ahead for Canada post-election and after a year and a half of a global pandemic. If you missed it: watch the video on YouTube!

  • This episode featuring: Carole Saab (Federation of Canadian Municipalities), Paul Wells (Maclean’s Magazine), and Don Lovisa (Durham College).

Season 2 means more guests and more questions! Select as many episodes as you like or register for the whole season. Check in frequently to see when new guest speakers are confirmed.

Reminder: How is your institution navigating anew?

Anyone who has lived on or visited a large body of water knows how quickly currents can shift and how important it is for a navigator to remain vigilant and take action to redirect the vessel when necessary. Over the past two years, moments of great upheaval have challenged us all to take a step back and get our bearingsSubmit a presentation for our Connection Conference: Navigating Anew! Deadline: November 8.

Our Connection Conference is the largest event of its kind in Canada. This year’s will be a hybrid event taking place online and in person in Halifax! Mark your calendars for April 25-27, 2022.

Support EDI in PSE: Join our national advisory committee

We are deeply committed to being a strong EDI advocate in everything we do. As a national organization, part of that work includes bringing our members together to share best practices in EDI and promote a coordinated approach specific to the college and institute system. We want you on our National Advisory Committee]! Apply before November 8.

  • Don’t forget: we are also accepting applications for our brand new award for Excellence in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Nominate your institution! Deadline: November 26.

Offer the FREE micro-certificate in supportive care

Help students kickstart a new career! The timeline for the Supportive Care Assistant program has been extended, and we’re recruiting new delivery partners across Canada. The fully subsidized micro-certificate, funded by the Government of Canada, was created to address the acute labour shortages in the long-term care sector.

Students complete six-weeks of flexible online training followed by a paid work placement. Graduates can also now receive a $5,000 stipend to pursue a full personal care provider certificate!

Winners! Six talented student artists

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Student Art Showcase! We invited college and institute students to submit works of art that reflect on the previous year and inspire new ways of looking at the years to come. The winners include students from Capilano University, Sheridan College, Fanshawe College and CEGEP Limoilou!

Are you (or a member of your team) a keen or up-and-coming leader?

Learn from your colleagues and strengthen your leadership skills! Our Leadership Institutes draw on the latest leadership development concepts and experience of leaders to prepare participants to successfully lead in the college and institute system. They also contribute to personal growth and institutional succession planning! Registration is now open.

  • Offered in Summer 2022: institutes for Managers and Program Chairs; non-Managerial Staff and Faculty; Deans, Directors and Campus Principals; Vice-Presidents; Presidents and Directors General; Leaders in International; and Leaders in Applied Research and Innovation.

Reminder: Showcase your institution and initiatives on the world stage!

Is your institution leading best practices in global professional and technical education, training, and research outcomes, skills development, and economic and social development? Submit a nomination for the WFCP fifth annual Awards of Excellence. All CICan member institutions are eligible! Deadline: November 1.

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that Kenjgewin Teg recently reached an agreement with the University of Sudbury to transfer intellectual property of some of the university’s online Indigenous Studies courses to Kenjgewin Teg’s Indigenous Studies Department? The agreement is part of a plan to provide students and communities in Northeastern Ontario with high-quality education in Indigenous studies that is managed by and for Indigenous peoples!


Keyano College appointed Jatinder (Jay) Notay as president and chief executive officer.

Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne appointed Sébastien Piché as directeur d’études.


Nov 30 - Dec 1st, 2022
CICan on the Hill + Student Showcase
Ottawa, National Arts Centre
Dec 5 - 9th, 2022
Leadership Institute for French-speaking Managers
Quebec City, Château Laurier
Dec 5 - 7th, 2022
Perfectionnement pour les responsables internationaux
Québec, Hôtel Château Laurier
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