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October 26, 2015

Introducing the new Perspectives

Welcome to your new and improved bi-weekly newsletter, Perspectives! We want to thank all of you who took the time to answer our survey and tell us what you wanted to see in Perspectives. After lots of feedback, we have made a number of changes to better reflect the kind of content you want to see – editorials to delve into key topics in greater depth, and more news and events from colleges and institutes across Canada. If you see ways to further improve the newsletter, let us know – your comments are always welcome!

We have also developed some new ways for you to share your content with your national community. Members can now submit an event to the CICan website for free and have these featured here automatically. Perspectives will also have a sponsored content option going forward. If you have any questions about this, please contact the media team!

Thank you again for your feedback, and we hope you enjoy your new Perspectives!

What to expect from the new government?


After nine years of Conservative leadership and one of the longest campaigns in our country’s history, Canadians elected a new Liberal majority government last week.

Though education was not central to any of the federal parties’ campaigns, the Liberals did make several commitments related to the post-secondary sector.  Many of them align with the election priorities CICan championed on behalf of members, making the association hopeful that the new government will be a strong partner for colleges and institutes across the country.

One of the promises made by the Liberal party was to invest heavily in infrastructure in order to boost the economy. These funds could help address the significant infrastructure needs that institutions have identified.  Projects will also generate demand for the skilled workers colleges and institutes train so well and create new opportunities for applied research partnerships with industry.

The Liberals also promised to invest $200 million per year for three years in an innovation agenda that will help research facilities, small business incubators and exporters. CICan is hopeful that this will include support for applied research and entrepreneurial endeavours led by colleges and institutes.

Another promise made by the Liberals was to make education more accessible by increasing the Canada Student Grant for low-income students to $3,000 per year for full-time students and to $1,800 per year for part-time students. They have also pledged funding for training through the Labour Market Development Agreement transfers to provinces and territories. This includes $500 million for those on Employment Insurance to receive training and $200 million for training programs to help those who do not qualify for Employment Insurance and are not currently employed. .

Specific measures to improve access to education for Indigenous learners were also announced by the Liberals during the campaign, including $50 million in additional annual support to the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP). An additional $50 million is expected to renew and expand the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS).

As the Prime Minister moves to name his cabinet and the new government develops concrete plans to act on its election promises, CICan will continue to lead engagement with the federal government as the voice of colleges and institutes in Ottawa.

“Regardless of party lines and platforms, Canadians know that providing quality, accessible education is at the heart of Canada’s success and prosperity”, declared CICan president and CEO, Denise Amyot. “We look forward to working with the new government, as well as all the other parties in the House, to support the innovative training and applied research that make Canada’s colleges and institutes some of the strongest in the world.”

Canadian Apprenticeship Forum introduces new labour mobility tool for apprentices

On October 22, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) launched a new resource for apprentice labour mobility. The resource named On the Move: Resources for Apprentice Relocation is an online tool for apprentices who move prior to being certified, as well as employers who hire apprentices from other parts of the country. On the Move includes apprenticeship regulations, inter-provincial agreements and processes to support recognition of previous on-the-job hours, and technical training.

To learn more, take a look at a this video about the program

Mark your calendars for the CICan Leadership Institutes 

CICan’s Leadership Institutes are designed to help managers at all levels enhance their leadership capacity while sharing their expertise with colleagues from other Canadian institutions. Each institute is planned by and led by college leaders and tailored to the needs of each position. In 2016, these institutes will be offered from June 25 to August 11 at various locations. Please see list below, and mark your calendars!

Leadership Institute for Program Chairs (formerly CLMDI-Chairs Leadership and Management Development Institute)

June 25-29, 2016 (Location TBC)

Leadership Institute for Managers – English

June 25-30, 2016 (Location TBC)

Leadership Institute for Managers- French 

June 25-30, 2016 – Collège Boréal, Toronto, ON

Leadership Institute for Deans and Directors (formerly VP NELI-National Executive Leadership Institute for Future Vice-Presidents)

July 17-22, 2016 (Location TBC)

Leadership Institute for Vice-Presidents (formerly NELI-National Executive Leadership Institute for Future Presidents)

July 10-15, 2016 – Tigh-Na-Mara Resort, Parksville, BC

Leadership Institute for Presidents (formerly Presidents’ Academy)

July 5-9, 2016 – Tigh-Na-Mara Resort, Parksville, BC

Leadership Institute for International Managers (formerly International Leadership Institute)

August 9-11, 2016 – St Lawrence College, Kingston, ON

It’s not too late to register for CICan’s Energy Symposium!


With the energy sector facing significant challenges, CICan’s upcoming energy symposium will be a great opportunity to discuss the future of energy and the role that colleges and institutes will have to play to drive innovation. Over 30 speakers from across the country, representing colleges, universities, municipalities and the private sector will be present to share their perspectives and discuss a variety of initiatives.

The CICan 2015 Energy Symposium will take place in Medicine Hat, Alberta, on November 5-7. For more information or to register, please visit the CICan website.

CICan 2016 Conference: Presentation submission deadline is November 2!

CICan 2016 Conference

CICan is looking for presenters for the CICan 2016 Conference. Presentations that feature cross-disciplinary/inter-disciplinary approaches as well as those specific to a discipline or theme are especially welcomed.

We are looking for presentations that fit in six different thematic streams: Applied Research and Innovation; Leadership and Governance; Teaching, Learning and Student Success; Indigenous Education; Urban Landscape and Entrepreneurship.

Submissions will be accepted until Monday, November 2, 2015. Presenters will be notified about the status of their submission by email by the end of November. Please note that speakers are responsible for registration fees, travel and associated costs.

Submit a presentation here. 

Eureka! Moment

Bow Valley College and SAIT Polytechnic are among some of the partners in a Calgary United Way initiative called All in for Youth: United for School Completion . The initiative is focused on school completion for youth, and is guided by three principles: keeping youth in school, bringing youth back to school, and connecting youth to future possibilities. All in for Youth works with educational institutions such as Bow Valley and SAIT to build a system of supports to help youth reach their potential. What an inspiring initiative!


Jatinder Notay is the new Vice President Academic at College of New Caledonia. Mr. Notay’s previous positions include Dean of the School of Transportation at BCIT. He begins his term on November 2.

Appointment Notice


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