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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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July 25, 2018

Putting science to work to boost innovation and skills training

More than $10 million awarded to 11 Canadian colleges and polytechnics for new research equipment   July 25, 2018 WINNIPEG, MANITOBA — Canadian entrepreneurs know the path to commercial success often begins with research and development. When business people partner with researchers, they can test their bright ideas in a state-of-the-art lab until it works for today’s marketplace. In return, scientists advance their work and students gain valuable hands-on experience that prepares them for the jobs of today and tomorrow. This is how the Government of Canada is putting science to work — by investing in the tools researchers need... Read more
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February 15, 2018

Canadian colleges and institutes to play a key role in the innovation superclusters

Ottawa, February 15, 2018 – Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is thrilled to see many of its members from across the country involved in the innovation superclusters announced today by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. By sharing their expertise with the many partners involved, they will play an important role in the success of these newly bolstered networks and help propel Canadian innovation to new levels. In total, the government of Canada is investing $950 million to fund five supercluster initiatives through Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan. The winning projects are in the field... Read more
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February 14, 2018

Skills and Innovation in the Digital Technology Sector

This fast-moving sector is dependent on a well-trained workforce able to adapt to new and emergent technologies. With a flexible and employment-focused approach to teaching, colleges and institutes are at the forefront of preparing Canadians to work in digital technology. They also facilitate knowledge transfer to the industry thanks to cutting edge applied research projects.
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February 14, 2018

Skills and Innovation in the Health and Bio-Science Sector

College and institute graduates form the majority of the personnel working in the health and bio-science sector. Thanks to their expertise and hands-on knowledge they help drive innovations that have a direct impact on the health and wellbeing of Canadians.
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February 14, 2018

Skills and Innovation in the Natural Resources and Clean Technology Sector

Improving how we exploit and manage natural resources to create a greener future is one of the most important issues of our time, requiring timely and innovative responses to many challenges. By working in close collaboration with industry, Canada’s colleges and institutes have shown time and again that they are able to respond to immediate labour market needs and adapt to new and emerging jobs and technologies.
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February 14, 2018

Skills and Innovation in the Agri-Food Sector

From farming to food manufacturing and the culinary arts, the agri-food sector is essential to Canada’s economy and the well-being of all Canadians. Growing international demand for Canadian products and expertise also presents great opportunities for that sector. Thanks to a variety of programs that touch on all aspects of the food supply chain, colleges and institutes possess valuable expertise that supports growth and innovation in this vital industry.
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February 14, 2018

Skills and Innovation in the Advanced Manufacturing Sector

This highly technical sector requires a mix of hands-on experience and theoretical knowledge to constantly refine existing processes. Colleges and institutes play a critical role in supporting this development. They train skilled technicians and tradespeople ready to work with the latest technologies and provide valuable expertise to businesses looking to test new ideas or processes.
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