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February 27, 2020

CICan and Mitacs partner to drive innovation with 1,000 research internships for college and institute students across Canada

New agreement pledges work-integrated learning research opportunities with industry and post-secondary education partners across Canada  Ottawa, February 27, 2020 — Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) — the national organization that represents publicly-supported colleges, institutes, CEGEPs, and polytechnics — and Mitacs — a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada — signed an historic agreement yesterday. The partnership creates up to 1,000 work-integrated learning Mitacs research internships for students from CICan member institutions across Canada over the next five years. This agreement builds new links for college and institute students to work with industry partners and other researchers. It leverages both... Read more
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December 6, 2018

The new applied research trailblazers

This op-ed was initially published in Canadian Innovation News.   This fall, Colleges and institutes Canada (CICan) hosted its latest Applied research symposium in Ottawa, which was a wonderful opportunity to hear from experts and leaders in research from across the country, but perhaps most importantly, from students. This event has proved the perfect opportunity to present a national Student Innovation Showcase on Parliament Hill, and every year, high profile guests are amazed by the depth and scope of the projects on display. From exploring new sources of biofuels and creating new community engagement tools for police officers using video... Read more
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November 5, 2018

The Government of Canada invests in local innovation

November 5, 2018, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario -  The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced investments to support 94 forward-thinking partnerships to address challenges that affect all Canadians, locally and nationally. These projects will receive over $45 million through the College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program and the College and Community Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF). For more information, read the Government of Canada news release.
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November 5, 2018

New initiative to showcase Canadian colleges and institutes role in innovation

Ottawa ON, 5 November 2018 - RESEARCH MONEY (R$), Canada’s leading newsletter on science, technology and innovation policy and investment, in partnership with Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), has launched a new initiative to highlight the key role that colleges and institutes are playing in building Canada’s innovation capacity. The initiative was announced by R$ Publisher and CEO, Jeffrey Crelinsten, at CICan’s symposium Accelerating Innovation through Applied Research. To mark the launch, the booklet Applied Research Comes of Age was released at the symposium, before an audience of Members of Parliament, college and institute CEOs and applied research leaders and government officials.... Read more
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September 5, 2018

Investing in skills and innovation is key to inclusive economic growth

Ottawa, September 5, 2018 – With federal budget consultations underway, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) has issued six recommendations aimed at supporting inclusive economic growth and competitiveness by investing in skills and innovation. This is critical to help Canadians prepare for the future of work and to stay competitive in a rapidly changing labour market. These recommendations were shared as part of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance’s pre-budget consultations in advance of budget 2019 and are based on broad consultations with CICan member colleges, institutes, cegeps and polytechnics. Focusing on innovation, providing students with experiential or work-integrated learning opportunities,... Read more
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April 29, 2018

New internship opportunities for Canadian students will lead to skills development, jobs

April 29, 2018, Victoria, British Columbia When Canada’s college and polytechnic students have the opportunity to learn in a hands-on work environment, they build the real-world skills and connections they need for the good middle-class jobs of today and tomorrow. Today, during her address at Colleges and Institutes Canada’s annual conference in Victoria, British Columbia, Kate Young, Parliamentary Secretary for Science, announced a new pilot program that will allow colleges and polytechnics to work with businesses and not-for-profit organizations to send students into the workforce. For more, see the Government of Canada news release.  
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