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October 20, 2021

The role of newcomers and international students in driving Canadian economic growth

The role of newcomers and international students in driving Canadian economic growth Against the background of post-Covid-19 recovery, Canada announced ambitious new immigration targets to meet labour market needsand support ongoing economic prosperity as the population ages and birthrate remains low.A strong pipeline of global talent will be required in the years to come to respond to labour market shortages. This need for talent will, and has already begun to appear, across all sectors with labour shortages in industries as varied as medicine to transportation and food. More rapid integration into community is vital to ensure newcomers settle and integrate... Read more
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September 23, 2021

Working towards the SDGs for a better future

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals [“SDGs”] are the primary expression of the global community’s commitment to environmental and social sustainability. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur... Read more
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February 26, 2020

Open Letter to the Minister of Finance

The following letter was addressed to the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance Dear Minister Morneau: As the collective voices of colleges, polytechnics, cégeps and institutes of technology across the country, we write to urge you to consider making a new investment in applied research. A relatively modest annual contribution of $40 million will supercharge the innovation supports this sector offers to Canada’s small- and mid-sized firms. This investment stands to make a powerful impact well beyond growth for Canadian business interests. Applied research is also developing the next generation of innovation-enabled talent and is contributing pragmatic solutions to Canada’s... Read more
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December 6, 2019

CICan reacts to the Speech from the Throne

Ottawa, December 6, 2019 – Denise Amyot, President and CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada issued the following statement on the Speech from the Throne to open the first session of the 43rd Parliament of Canada. “I was incredibly pleased to be invited to attend the reading of this Speech from the Throne, which touched on so many of the priorities identified by our members, as outlined in our latest submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. “This included support for students, a renewed commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, support for entrepreneurs and SMEs, and the... Read more
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June 5, 2019

Open Letter to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

The following letter was addressed to the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour   Dear Minister, With 95% of all Canadians and 86% of Indigenous peoples living within 50 kilometres of a location of a college, institute, cegep or polytechnic, these institutions are uniquely positioned to support skills development across the country. CICan applauds the launch of the Canada Training Benefit (CTB). This program is a promising first step towards building a culture of lifelong learning in Canada and ensuring that Canadians possess the skills needed for a changing economy. Canada’s colleges, institutes, cegeps and polytechnics... Read more
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