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September 3, 2019

Digital Communications and Media students deliver an eNews broadcast in Lethbridge College’s television studio. Photo: Lethbridge College.

Shaping Canada’s media

Today’s media landscape is undergoing tremendous change that presents both unique challenges and opportunities. Now more than ever, we see media outlets, organizations, and individuals embracing innovative ways to share information: from traditional print, radio, and broadcast to online and social media; from text-based journalism to viral images and video content.

J-Source, The Canadian Journalism Project reported that, while the number of journalists employed in traditional Canadian newsrooms has dipped over the past ten years, the definition of a journalist has also changed. With so many communication mediums to choose from, the definition of what constitutes a journalist or trusted news source isn’t so clear cut.

In the context of October’s upcoming federal election, it is important that Canadians have access to trusted sources of evidence-based information in the media. Canada’s colleges and institutes are doing their part. In communities all cross the country, students are honing the skills necessary to pursue important careers in communications, media, and journalism. For example:

  • Lethbridge College’s two-year Digital Communications and Media diploma program prepares students to envision the future of delivering news with particular emphasis on how traditional media, information, and entertainment has changed. Students explore cutting-edge industry trends and equipment, including a radio and television studio, a working newsroom where students publish Endeavour Magazine, and 360° journalism and storytelling technologies.
  • Langara College’s Journalism program prides itself on being an all-encompassing introduction to the industry, from communications theory to video and audio best practices and intensive courses in radio, television, data, and mobile journalism, focusing on integrity and quality in media. Langara students also publish the Langara Journalism Review, an annual look at issues faced by journalists.
  • Loyalist College offers Canada’s only multi-year Photojournalism program that prepares students for careers as photojournalists, reporter-photographers, multimedia producers and editors, and specialists in digital publishing with skills in camera operation and video capture, reporting, writing, news judgment, and principles of storytelling.
  • At Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), students in the Radio Television Journalism program learn to become critical thinkers, researchers, and investigators, with courses focusing on writing for a diverse public and telling stories accurately and fairly. Students also learn about media entrepreneurship, identifying the tools, resources, and self-employment skills necessary to succeed in the growing freelance journalism market.
  • Canadore College has a brand new one-year certificate program in Indigenous Visual Storytelling that teaches various forms of Indigenous storytelling and performance art within the context of media technologies such as photography, video and film production, sound, and design. By enabling the sharing of histories, languages, and world views between generations, the program aims to encourage and strengthen the voices of Indigenous peoples in media.
  • The Cégep de Jonquière has partnered with the Kiuna College and First Nation on a diploma program in Media and Communications Technology (DEC en Techniques de communications dans les médias) designed specifically for Indigenous students, responding to the need for cultural diversity and a highly-skilled Indigenous workforce in Quebec’s journalism industry.

We are also happy to share that, in the spirit of democracy and civic engagement, the Toronto Star is offering free limited-time digital access to post-secondary students and faculty ahead of October’s federal election!

The Star’s Vote 2019 Offer includes access to award-winning journalism, daily election newsletters, and candidate profiles with information personalized according to riding. The offer will ensure students are better equipped to make informed decisions at the ballot box and aims to empower the fastest growing demographic in Canada who have a direct impact on shaping the country this election day, and beyond. Any current post-secondary student or faculty can register for the Vote 2019 offer using a school email address. The offer ends on October 31st.

Register now for the upcoming Fall Leadership Institutes!

If you are interested in developing your leadership skills, gaining a better understanding of the trends impacting your institutions, and networking with your counterparts from across the country, don’t miss these upcoming fall institutes:

CICan’s celebrated and international award-winning leadership institutes draw on the latest management concepts and experience to prepare participants to successfully lead in the college and institute system.

Register now!

Accelerating progress in the fight against climate change

BGIS and the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) are pleased to announce a call to action for Canadian college and institute students to participate in the first annual “Hacking Climate Change” Hackathon with the goals of accelerating progress in the fight against climate change.

How will you help change the way we work in facilities management? Do you have an idea that you believe can lower the carbon footprint for a business? If so, this is your opportunity to bring the idea to life.

During the hackathon, students will be asked to come up with creative solutions to two challenge questions issued one week in advance of the event; participating teams can choose to respond to either question. Solutions must be submitted in English.

Any student registered at a Canadian college or institute is eligible to participate – either individually or as part of a group! Students and teams must register before September 20, 2019.

Two $5,000 cash prizes will be awarded to the top winning solution of each question.

For more information and to register, visit the Hacking Climate Change website.

CICan to help 230 young Canadians join the green economy

Career-Launcher Internships logo

We are proud to announce the renewal of two CICan programs funded under Canada’s modernized Youth Employment and Skills Strategy. This will allow an additional 230 young Canadians to get a strong start in the green economy through CICan’s Career-Launcher Internship program.

The renewed Natural Resources and Clean Tech internship programs are more inclusive and will encourage employers to support youth facing barriers to employment. In keeping with the goals of the modernized Youth Employment and Skills Strategy they will be accessible to more youth than before, including post-secondary students and graduates. Both offer funding to cover an intern’s salary, with Natural Resources Internships providing up to $20,000 for salary and training.

The Natural Resources Internships are funded by Natural Resources Canada’s Science and Technology Internship Program, while the Clean Tech Internships are funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Science Horizons Youth Internship Program.

View the full press release for more information.

We need you: Awards of Excellence selection committee

We are seeking reviewers for eight independent selection committees responsible for assessing CICan’s Awards of Excellence nominations! Reviewers participate on a voluntary basis and represent CICan member institutions from across the country.

Interested individuals should complete the online application form by Monday, October 7, 2019.

CICan’s Awards of Excellence program recognizes and promotes excellence within Canadian colleges, institutes, cégeps, university colleges and polytechnics. The Awards showcase the extraordinary contribution of individuals to their college/institute communities and highlight the role of our institutions in social, cultural and economic development. There are three levels of recognition: Gold, Silver and Bronze.

CICan to support student mobility as part of Canada’s new International Education Strategy

Canada’s new International Education Strategy has just launched and we look forward to working with the federal government and other stakeholders to continue shaping Canada’s world-class education system! We are especially proud to be entrusted with the administration of the new Outbound Student Mobility Pilot that is a key component of the Strategy, in collaboration with Universities Canada.

The pilot will support international mobility for outbound students at Canadian colleges, institutes, cegeps, polytechnics, and universities. This will allow them to acquire in-demand global skills by providing opportunities to study or work abroad.

The pilot represents an investment of $95 million over five years and will benefit up to 11,000 Canadian students will benefit from the pilot project over its five-year duration.

View the full press release for more information.

Submit a proposal to the Future Skills Centre

Canada’s competitiveness and prosperity relies on a skilled and competent workforce. There is mounting evidence, however, that in a time of rapid economic and labour market change, we need to act collectively to ensure our skills development ecosystem keeps pace with the scale of disruption we are facing. There is an urgent need to better understand what skills Canadians require to prosper and how Canada can leverage its skills development infrastructure to meet the needs of workers and employers across the country today and into the future.

The objective of this Call for Proposals is to identify, test and evaluate innovative projects that have the potential to generate actionable evidence about how to better equip Canadians with the skills required to navigate a fast-changing labour market.

Letters of Interest must be submitted on the application portal by 5pm EDT on September 16,

Present at CICan’s upcoming Indigenous Education Symposium

Submit a proposal to present at CICan’s upcoming Indigenous Education Symposium and share your knowledge and innovative approaches to serving Indigenous peoples and communities!

With the support of host institutions Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, and the Dumont Technical Institute, the symposium will bring together leaders in Indigenous education from colleges and institutes, industry, government, and CICan partners from the Pacific Alliance countries under the theme TAPWEWIN and ReconciliACTION. TAPWEWIN means ‘’the truth’’ in the Cree language.

For more information about submission themes and topics. Consult the full Call for Proposals here. Proposals must be submitted by Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

The symposium will take place in Saskatoon, SK, from November 4-6, 2019.

Share your thoughts on the future of CICan’s Board of Directors

Healthy governance policies, practices, and structures are essential to an organization achieving its goals. As such, we are reviewing our governance composition to ensure our Board of Directors has the optimal skills, competencies, and perspectives to govern CICan into the future!

The board is seeking feedback from CICan members on questions such as the ideal size of the board, recruitment streams for directors, and board leadership positions to inform its decision-making. This periodic review of governance is aligned with the renewal of CICan’s new five-year Strategic Plan.

To share your thoughts, please respond to this short online survey before  September 22.

Support innovation in Kenya with SITVES

We are currently looking for proposals for a Canadian consultant from a CICan member institution for Supporting Innovation in the Technical and Vocational Education Sector (SITVES): Towards Productivity and Competitiveness project in Kenya! The consultant will support the delivery of specific outcomes and outputs of the project, including the development of a toolkit and workshops on how to establish innovation and applied research hubs at up to four Kenyan technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions.

Proposal must be submitted no later than 23:59 EST on September 27, 2019. View the full request for proposal and guidelines here.

SITVES is a joint initiative between CICan, Kenya’s Linking Industry with Academia (LIWA), and Rift Valley Technical Training Institute (RVTTI) supporting innovation in Kenya’s Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) sector. This is a 3-year, $1 million project funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

Applicants from Morocco and Senegal now eligible for Student Direct Stream!

As announced last Friday, Canada will be making the Student Direct Stream (SDS) for student permit application processing available to international students coming from Senegal and Morocco, starting September 9, 2019! By providing fast, reliable processing of study permit applications, Canada is better equipped to compete in attracting the best and the brightest from around the world.

The more efficient SDS process was launched in 2018 for students applying from China, India, the Philippines and Vietnam, with an average processing time of less than 3 weeks.

Expanding this faster and more efficient application process to prospective students from Senegal and Morocco supports the Government’s Francophone Immigration Strategy to encourage more young French speakers to choose to study in Canada.

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that a team of 32 Canadian students, including 18 students from 14 CICan members institutions recently competed in the 2019 WorldSkills Competition in Kazan, Russia? Team Canada competed in six skilled trades categories: construction and building technology, creative arts and fashion, information and communication technology, manufacturing and engineering technology, social and personal services, and transportation and logistics. Congratulations!

The WorldSkills Competition, held every two years, is the largest vocational, education, and skills excellence event in the world. The next WorldSkills Competition will take place in Shanghai, China in 2021.


Durham College was pleased to welcome Andre De Freitas as the college’s new associate-vice president and registrar, Student Affairs. With over ten years of experience in post-secondary education, De Freitas will join the college effective September 3.


CICan Paul and Gerri Charette Bursary

Submit an application for the CICan Paul and Gerri Charette Bursary on behalf of a student before September 27, 2019.

Send Us Your News

One of our main goals at Colleges and Institutes Canada is to champion and share the innovations and awesomeness of our members. You can help! We want to hear about your new applied research, industry and community partnerships, international education, important financial investments and more. Add to your media mailing lists! We’ll share member institution News Releases and other upcoming announcements online and with our national media contacts based in Ottawa.