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May 10, 2022

Preparing Workers for the Care Economy

As Canada recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, a long-anticipated crisis has emerged, adding another challenge to an already complex situation: labour and skills shortages. The demographic shift due to an aging population with declining birthrates, coupled with an economy seeing unprecedented changes driven by technological advancement has transformed how we work and has led to a shortage of workers with the right skills. Few sectors have seen as acute labour shortages as those that comprise the care economy, which includes healthcare workers, personal support workers, and childcare workers. To meet this challenge, colleges1 are changing and adapting to better equip... Read more
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November 24, 2021

Colleges and Institutes Canada reacts to Speech from the Throne

Ottawa, November 24, 2021 – 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 44th Parliament of Canada. “After nearly two years of a pandemic, Canada needs to focus on how it will move forward and rebound. The government expressed this clearly in its Speech from the Throne, which looks towards building a better future.” “The government can count on Canada’s colleges, institutes, CEGEPs and polytechnics to support efforts towards a green, inclusive and resilient recovery. “ “We share many of the... Read more
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April 9, 2021

How Ottawa can help ensure more inclusive post-pandemic recovery

This op-ed was initially published in the Hill Times on April 8, 2021.   With its upcoming budget, the federal government has an opportunity to set in motion a truly resilient recovery for Canada. We believe the foundation of this effort must be helping the many Canadian workers displaced in a job market that was turned upside down by the pandemic. In times like these, the critical role of Canada’s post-secondary system – helping Canadians adapt and develop the skills they need to succeed – becomes more important than ever.  The government recognized this in its last Speech from the Throne and went so far as to promise the “largest investment in Canadian history in... Read more
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