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September 21, 2021

CICan congratulates all new and returning MPs

Ottawa, September 21, 2021 – Denise Amyot, President and CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada issued the following statement on Canada’s  44th federal election. “On behalf of colleges and institutes across Canada, I would like to thank all the candidates who took part in this election and offer my sincere congratulations to our 338 new and returning members of Parliament.” “This new Parliament will be tasked with guiding our country through a critical moment as we recover from one of the most important crises in generations. Rebuilding our economy, helping displaced workers get back to work, progressing towards a greener, more sustainable economy,... Read more
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August 13, 2021

Resilience, Recovery and Reconciliation

“Resilience, Recovery and Reconciliation,” is CICan’s submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) annual pre-budget consultations. This is an important opportunity to position our priorities to government on the role of colleges and institutes in supporting a resilient and sustainable post-COVID-19 recovery and our commitment to reconciliation.
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April 19, 2021

Colleges and institutes welcome investments in skills, training and trades

Ottawa, April 19, 2021 – Colleges and institutes across Canada are pleased to see that skills development occupies such a critical role in the government’s recovery plan, as outlined in the federal budget. They stand ready to support learners, displaced workers, industry and SMEs, as they have done since the beginning of the pandemic, while driving innovation and sustainability. Given the last Throne Speech promised “the largest investment in Canadian history in training for workers,” expectations were high across the post-secondary sector ahead of the federal budget. Promising over $5.7 billion over the next five years to help young Canadians... 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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September 8, 2020

CICan issues recommendations to build back better

Ottawa, September 8, 2020 – As the country looks to build back better in COVID-19 recovery, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) has issued eight recommendations to the Standing Committee of Finance as part of its most recent round of pre-budget consultations. The association encourages the government to leverage the expertise available in colleges and institutes all across the country who are already doing incredible work to support their communities through this unprecedented time. With many Canadians out of work, and employers looking to adapt to a new reality, supporting post-secondary institutions and investing in skills development will be absolutely essential... Read more
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October 22, 2019

CICan congratulates all new and returning MPs

Ottawa, October 22, 2019 – Denise Amyot, President and CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada issued the following statement on the election of a new federal government. “On behalf of colleges and institutes across Canada, I would like to thank all the candidates who took part in this very important election and offer my sincere congratulations to our 338 new and returning members of parliament. “Regardless of party lines and platforms, Canadians know that providing quality, accessible education is at the heart of Canada’s success and prosperity. We look forward to working with all the parties in the House to support... Read more
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September 6, 2019

Investments in skills and innovation needed to respond to climate change

Ottawa, September 6, 2019 – With federal budget consultations underway, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) has issued seven recommendations aimed at supporting economic growth, competitiveness and the fight against climate change by investing in skills and innovation. This is critical to help Canadians, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises, 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 of Finance’s pre-budget consultations in advance of budget 2020, which was focused on the transition to a low carbon economy, and... Read more
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March 19, 2019

Colleges and institutes eager to deliver on Canada’s skills budget

Ottawa, March 19, 2019 – Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is pleased to see that the federal budget tabled today by Finance Minister Bill Morneau includes significant new investments in skills training to help Canadians keep their skills current as the needs of the workplace evolve.    “We are very pleased to see that the government recognizes the importance of investing in the skills needs of tomorrow,” said CICan President and CEO Denise Amyot. “This budget will help foster a culture of lifelong learning, supporting Canadians as they prepare for the future of work. Initiatives such as the Canada Training Benefit, the expansion of work-integrated learning opportunities, a... 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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