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June 17, 2016

Colleges and institutes welcome support for social innovation

Ottawa, June 17, 2016 – Colleges and institutes across Canada will be providing more applied research services to their communities thanks to new grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The Community and College Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF) supports ground-breaking projects that fuel social innovation by leveraging the talent, resources and expertise available in colleges and institutes across the country. The CCSIF aims to increase college capacity to collaborate with local community organizations to address social issues such as poverty reduction, crime prevention, Indigenous community development, immigrant integration, supporting youth and adults with disabilities and adapting... Read more
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May 18, 2016

Canadian SMEs benefit from college and institute applied research

Ottawa, May 18, 2016 – Over 5,500 Canadian companies turned to their local college or institute last year to meet their innovation needs, develop new products or improve their services, according to Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) latest report on applied research. This sends a strong signal to those who will be shaping Canada’s innovation agenda. The association has been tracking the steady growth of applied research at colleges and institutes since 2005 and launched its most recent report, titled “Applied Research: Partnered Innovation for Businesses and Communities” in Ottawa during a special Hill Times event called “Sparking Innovation”. The... Read more
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April 6, 2016

New infrastructure program invests in innovation and sustainable growth at Canadian post-secondary institutions

April 6, 2016 - The Minister of Science, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, today announced that the Government of Canada will launch the application process for a $2-billion fund that will improve research and innovation infrastructure at universities and colleges across the country. "Canada's colleges and institutes welcome these important investments in post-secondary infrastructure. The projects that colleges and institutes undertake will strengthen the research and innovation resources available to businesses and organizations, provide students with opportunities to increase their innovation skills, and enhance the environmental sustainability of campuses and facilities across the country", said CICan President and CEO, Denise Amyot. For more information,... Read more
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February 18, 2016

It’s time to build an inclusive innovation eco-system

This op-ed was initially published, on February 8, 2016, in the Hill Times' Policy Briefing on Innovation.   Canada has always been a country of innovators, but as countless recent reports and studies have shown, either Canada is slipping, or the rest of the world is catching up and overtaking us. Providing the enabling conditions for the entire Canadian innovation ecosystem to grow and compete at all levels is critical. In order to be effective, a significant shift must occur to grow the number of Canadian firms adopting innovation as a business strategy, and broaden the scope of programs that... Read more
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August 27, 2015

College and Institute Applied Research – Accelerating Business and Community Innovation | Environmental Scan 2013-2014

Colleges and institutes contribute to the research and innovation cycle in Canada through applied research. More specifically, they directly contribute to applied research through enhanced research infrastructure, involvement of faculty and students, and the création of partnerships with the business, industry and social innovation sectors. Colleges and institutes receive the majority of their funding from the Government of Canada.
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Tags: Applied Research, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Scan, Innovation