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October 31, 2022

We believe a strong network of colleges and institutes is a vital public good

Let’s get real about “recovery”! Since the start of the pandemic, society has undergone (and is still undergoing) a huge shift – and it isn’t getting any easier. Facing inflation, labour shortages, large-scale economic transformations, and a climate crisis, we need a good plan to rebuild Canada’s workforce, address inequality, and transition to a net-zero economy. Where do colleges and institutes fit into all this?

We believe a strong network of colleges and institutes is a vital public good. Colleges and institutes make learning accessible to everyone in their communities, no matter their background or circumstances. As partners in innovation, they make space for every innovator. And as skills providers, they make sure that everyone has an opportunity to find meaningful employment.

We make sure colleges and institutes see themselves in the national agenda, and that the federal government sees our members in theirs. That’s what budget season is all about. This year, we have seven recommendations to ensure decisions makers in Ottawa can tap into the expertise and maximize the potential of Canada’s largest postsecondary network.

  1. To drive business and community innovation, we recommend: Doubling the impact of the Tri-Council College and Community Innovation Program through a new $331M investment over five years, with a permanent increase of $85M per year ongoing. (SDG 9)
  2. To build a futureproof workforce, we recommend: Adopting measures to address systemic labour shortages now and into the future. (SDG 8)
    • This includes developing career road maps for key industries, re-aligning federal training and learning programs to support employment transitions, and creating permanent residency streams for international students.
  3. To build the next generation of campus infrastructure, we recommend: Creating a new Green Postsecondary Infrastructure Fund, with a minimum of $500 million a year over five years being dedicated to helping colleges achieve net zero emission campuses. (SDG 13)
  4. To support a net-zero economy, we recommend: Undertaking an inventory of critical strategic skills infrastructure to ensure that Canada has the training space available to meet the needs of key economic sectors. (SDG 8 & SDG 13)
  5. To bring the future to all communities, we recommend: Investing $100M over five years in a new network of 50 College Sustainability Centres across Canada to leverage college and institute assets including campus infrastructure, industry, and community partnerships to meet Canada’s net zero goals. (SDG 9 & SDG 13)
  6. To keep our commitment to Reconciliation, we recommend: Working with national Indigenous organizations, Indigenous institutes, colleges and universities to address ongoing barriers to postsecondary education for Indigenous peoples and to integrate land-based learning and Indigenous ways of knowing in postsecondary programs. (SDG 4 & SDG 10)
  7. To support a global future, we recommend: Increasing support to developing countries to build capacity in their skills development systems, recognizing the critical role education and skills training play in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Help share the college and institute story in Ottawa and beyond! Now is the time to reach out to your local members of parliament to share how we can maximize the impact of colleges and institutes and help make Canada futureproof.

  • Ask your partners to be vocal too! (The more of us speaking up, the more likely we are to be heard).

Perspectives LIVE Season 3: A new season, more guests, and more questions!

Perspectives LIVE is back for Season 3 with two episodes this fall and two more coming this winter. We’re ready to tackle the biggest questions of the year, to take a look at how our world has changed and see what still remains in store.

Become a part of the national 50 – 30 Challenge as a Service Delivery Hub!

Is EDI a priority in your institution? We’re looking for colleges and institutes to promote the 50 – 30 Challenge and help other Canadian organizations implement effective equity, diversity, and inclusion strategies. Only institutions that have signed the 50 – 30 Challenge are eligible to become Service Delivery Hubs. Deadline: November 11.

Many of our members have already signed the challenge: Collège de Maisonneuve, Collège LaSalle, Collège nordique francophone, Dalhousie Agricultural Campus of Dalhousie University, First Nations Technical Institute, George Brown College, Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology, Great Plains College, Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Langara College, Northern College, Northern Lights College, Nova Scotia Community College, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Sheridan College, Université de Saint-Boniface, Vancouver Community College, Yukon University!

Last chance! Help us recognize excellence in our sector

Our Awards of Excellence are back! Nominate your colleagues and your institution to recognize their leadership and contributions in ten categories. Help us celebrate the contributions of Canadian post-secondary institutions in social, cultural, and economic development! Deadline: November 7.

Webinar: Work with us to strengthen the system

 Our Canadian programs and projects give colleges and institutes the opportunity to work together towards a common goal, to learn from each other, to earn revenue for your college or institute, and to maximize the impact of Canada’s largest post-secondary network. Join us to learn how: November 2.

Do you know a young STEM enthusiast?

Invite them to join the Chief Science Advisor’s Youth Council! The Youth Council is recruiting 15 ambitious and motivated young individuals (aged 18 to 28) from across Canada to join the second cohort of the CSA-YC. The Council provides a vital perspective on the challenges facing the Canadian science community. Deadline: November 4.

Reminder: Get up to $10,000 to hire a first-year apprentice

Looking for employers! Applications are now open for Career Launcher Apprenticeships. We provide financial incentives of up to $10,000 to help eligible employers in construction and manufacturing hire first-year apprentices. Share this with your employer partners.

Information session for employers: Get tips to sign up online, hire an apprentice, and get your money. November 8.

Reminder: CICan on the Hill + Student Showcase

Attention Presidents and government relations leaders! Meet parliamentarians and senior federal officials to share perspectives on how colleges and institutes address skills and labour shortages, advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and support the transition to a net zero economy! (Plus: a Student Showcase). November 30 to December 1.

Event: Attend the International Symposium 2030 SDG Agenda

 Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) brings together an increasing number of students worldwide. Explore how the TVET institutions can integrate the SDGs into teaching practices and programs at the International Symposium 2030 SGD Agenda: TVET and its contribution to sustainable development. November 9-10.

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that Sault College, Cambrian College, College Boréal, Northern College, and Confederation College will be offering a 10 week pre-early childhood education training course at no cost during the fall and winter semesters? The colleges hope that the free 10-week course will get people interested in the sector, get them hands-on training, and help address staff shortages in early childhood education!

Appointments

Cégep de Jonquière appointed Sylvain Gaudreault as director general.

Events

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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Send Us Your News

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