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September 13, 2021

Global challenges need collective action

Next week is Global Goals Week! It’s a time to think about how each one of us can mobilize our communities, demand urgent response to our common global challenges, and make lasting change. But the SDGs aren’t just about clean energy and climate action, they also include things like justice, equality, the economy, industry, and community. Consider the SDGs a 17-step guide to creating a better world for everybody!

Colleges and institutes know the power of action, awareness, and accountability, and are leaders in sustainability across the country! If you have already seen our bi-weekly SDG Spotlight, here’s what we mean:

  • Coast Mountain College has a one-stop webpage for anti-racism resources and connections to community groups that support newcomers to Canada, particularly international students. The resources are part of the college’s commitment to providing a learning and working environment free from all harassment and discrimination!
  • Humber College’s Vanier Project is the first-of-its-kind in Ontario providing pre-apprenticeship training on site at a women’s correctional facility. After a pilot, the project received funding to continue delivering the program for the next five years, helping to meet the goals for quality education, gender equality, reduced inequalities while ensuring that no-one is left behind!
  • Last year, Cégep Édouard-Montpetit adopted an official sustainable development policy aligned with both the United Nations 2030 Agenda and its mission as an educational institution. The policy aims to incorporate sustainability in teaching, promote environmentally conscious behaviour on campus, and make resources available for more students to participate in environmentally responsible projects!
  • Collège communautaire de Nouveau-Brunswick has been working with partners to cultivate local vegetables for people in need while also helping to rehabilitate incarcerated people in Saint-Hilaire. The partners from CCNB-INNOV and the Madawaska Regional Correction Centre, grow and donate the organic vegetables, which are then distributed by the local food bank. The project helps improve the quality of life for incarcerated people while helping to tackle issues of food shortage in the region!
  • With its Clean Water InitiativeCanadore Collegeis hoping to be a catalyst for change in addressing systemic issues facing Indigenous populations and the challenges in delivering clean drinking water to their communities! The college is aiming to develop a comprehensive platform of products, services, and educational programs tailored to the needs and values of Indigenous people, and inspiring Indigenous students to take on fulfilling careers in water management!
  • SAIT’s Green Building Technologies team is partnering to build one of the greenest homes on Earth? The new home, named “The Confluence,” produces more energy than it uses, captures water on site, and incorporates biophilic design, a design that connects humans and nature through the architecture and landscape!

#ICYMI: We also got a shout-out in Canada’s “Moving Forward Together” 2030 Agenda National Strategy for highlighting how colleges and institutes are playing a critical role in preparing a workforce ready to meet the challenges of sustainability! Check it out.

But we want to do more:

Help shape our national occupational standard for personal care providers!

In the next step of our Building Capacity in Long-term Care project, we are developing a national occupational standard (NOS) for personal care providers, and we need more stakeholders and practitioners to share their thoughts!  

The NOS will provide a comprehensive definition of what it means to work as a personal care provider and identify the skills, knowledge, and abilities required to succeed in the role. It will help employers, job seekers, workers, students, and educators make informed decisions about hiring, skills training, and career choices. Complete the contact form to receive the first of two survey by email!

Guide: On “Implementing an Approach to Support Competency-based Education and Training”

Competency-based education and training is at the heart of Canadian colleges and institutes and over many years, these institutions have refined this nimble and flexible competency-based approach to learning. This new comprehensive framework will help share that expertise!

The extensive guide offers valuable lessons from Canadian colleges and institutes, while sharing best-practices, which will be especially useful for international counterparts looking to use the CBA to meet the needs of their own students. As such, this reference framework is designed as a tool to help educators adapt their own practices.

This work builds not only on the expertise of Canadian colleges and institutes, but on their long history of international collaboration with partner institutions and employers, including through our many Education for Employment programs.

Big thanks to Collège Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick, Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, and the International Centre from Humber College who led the development of the framework!

Report: Best practices in TVET from Canada and the Pacific Alliance

A new report from our Education for Employment in the Pacific Alliance program highlights the best practices shared, challenges encountered, and objectives identified throughout the presentations heard and conversations had over the course of its third forum.

Prepared under unique global circumstances, the report is an opportunity to evaluate common approaches to TVET and bring new life to teaching, learning, and skills development as many of us retrain, reskill, and reintegrate in workplaces.

  • Use it and share it with your partners as a tool to motivate and inspire creativity tackling economic, social, and health challenges in a way that allows us to improve people’s lives, eradicate poverty, and take care of the planet!

A first! EFE-PA’s third thematic forum, this was the first event to take place completely virtually in the context of the global pandemic. More than 3,000 people participated!

New innovative work-integrated learning opportunities with Virtu-WIL

In case you missed it, with Simulation Canada, our new national initiative will provide healthcare students in nursing, medical laboratory sciences, and paramedicine with access to new opportunities!

Reminder: Get students and grads working with Career Launcher

Did you know that Career Launcher provides wage subsidies to create jobs and meaningful work experiences for students and recent grads? New subsidies of up to $32,000 are available to fund internship opportunities for students or graduates at your own institution or for your partners!

How can you benefit? Your research centre or employment partners can access funding to help address labour shortages, diversify your workforce, and strengthen your industry:

Help mobilize an inclusive and skilled workforce! Career Launcher gives job seekers access to training and meaningful employment, and employers access to subsidies for training and salary costs. Learn more about additional resources available to ensure equitable access to opportunities!

Event: Explore strategies in post-secondary advancement with CCAE

The Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) is bringing together post-secondary advancement professionals for its second summit exploring strategies in donor research, relationship building, volunteer engagement, and accountability! Wednesdays from October 13 to November 10.

New partnerships for Young Africa Works in Kenya

This just in! New partners will collaborate to strengthen the Kenya’s TVET system and increase the participation of youth, particularly women, in market-relevant skills training through Young Africa Works Kenya: Youth Employability Through TVET!

  • Congratulations to the 20 colleges and institutes selected from eight provinces: BCIT, College of the Rockies, North Island College, Northern Lights College, Vancouver Community College, and Vancouver Island University (BC); Lakeland College and NorQuest College (AB); Saskatchewan Polytechnic; Durham College, Fanshawe College, Georgian College, Humber College, and Seneca College (ON); Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe and Cégep Saint-Jean sur Richelieu (QC); Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick; Nova Scotia Community College; and College of the North Atlantic and Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University (NL).

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that Langara College has partnered with AFOA Canada and AFOA BC to deliver Canada’s Indigenous Financial Management Certificate? The unique partnership, a first of its kind for accounting education, will see a cohort of students from Indigenous communities, and those currently working in Indigenous Governments, study fully accredited post-secondary accounting courses in combination with AFOA Canada’s Indigenous content courses!


Vancouver Island University appointed Richard Horbachewski as its new associate vice-president, Community Partnerships.

Olds College appointed Connie Young as its new vice president, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer.


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