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February 11, 2022

Supporting immigrants and international students key to Canada’s economic future

This op-ed was originally published by Canadian Immigrant on February 10, 2022.   Canada needs more immigrants. After nearly two years of pandemic completely upending the labour market, it has become clear that we need to draw in more international talent. With this comes a responsibility to support newcomers throughout their integration - a challenge our communities are well equipped to overcome thanks to Canada’s network of colleges, CEGEPs, institutes and polytechnics. Canada is facing a demographic cliff: an aging population coupled with low birthrate that will critically impact our available workforce. Forty years ago, there were seven workers to... Read more
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January 24, 2022

Reflecting on 50 years of growth and the path ahead

By Denise Amyot, President and CEO, Colleges and Institutes Canada   Fifty years ago, colleges and institutes from across Canada decided to join forces and give themselves the means to speak with one voice at the national level. Though anchored in their communities, they knew they had much to gain by working together and ensuring the college system as a whole could make itself heard. These were, for the most part, very young institutions, most of them just a few years old. Many were created in the sixties or obtained renewed mandates in an effort to make education accessible to... Read more
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January 12, 2022

Colleges and institutes Canada celebrates 50 years!

Ottawa January 12, 2022 – Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is excited to mark its 50th anniversary this year! Celebrations officially launched this week, with activities planned for the rest of year to reflect on the past, present and future of Canada’s colleges, institutes, CÉGEPs and polytechnics. To kick things off, CICan has launched an in-depth look at its history, including a timeline presenting key milestones that have shaped the association. This history of CICan will be updated in the months to come to offer a closer look at its impacts over the years, including the evolution of international and... Read more
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November 3, 2021

National mobility program makes international learning experiences more accessible to Canadian post-secondary students.

OTTAWA — Thousands of Canadian post-secondary students will soon have access to life-changing international study and work opportunities through the new Global Skills Opportunity program. Officially launched today, this national outbound student mobility program is expected to enable more than 16,000 Canadian college and undergraduate-level university students from across the country acquire the global skills employers want and the Canadian economy needs. The $95 million Global Skills Opportunity program is a key component of the Government of Canada’s International Education Strategy and is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada. Administered jointly by Colleges and Institutes Canada and Universities Canada, the... Read more
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September 9, 2021

Colleges and Institutes Canada shares its expertise on competency-based education and training

Ottawa, September 9, 2021 – Competency-based education and training is at the heart of the Canadian system of colleges and institutes, and one of its greatest strengths. Over the last 40-years, these institutions have refined the Competency Based Approach (CBA), and many are now successfully applying it around the world. To help share that expertise, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is launching a comprehensive framework for implementing an approach to support competency-based education and training. This extensive guide offers valuable lessons from Canadian colleges and institutes, while sharing best-practices, which will be especially useful for international counterparts looking to use... Read more
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August 24, 2021

Colleges and institutes to help create new innovative work-integrated learning opportunities with Virtu-WIL

Ottawa, August 24, 2021 – The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on work-integrated learning opportunities in the health care sector, making in-person placements much harder to organize.  In order to create more alternatives, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is launching Virtu-WIL, a national initiative that will provide healthcare students in nursing, medical laboratory sciences, and paramedicine with access to new, innovative work-integrated learning opportunities. This one-year pan-Canadian project is made possible thanks to funding from the Government of Canada, through the Innovative Work-Integrated Learning Initiative. As part of the project, CICan is working with Simulation Canada, and with... Read more
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June 22, 2021

Lambton College president Judith Morris receives CICan’s Distinguished Service Award

Ottawa, June 22, 2021 – Judith Morris, President and CEO of Lambton College is this year’s recipient of Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) Distinguished Service award, recognizing her strong leadership and remarkable contribution to the college system as a whole. Judith is a passionate and innovative academic leader with more than 30 years of experience working in post-secondary education. For the past eight years, Judith has served as the President & CEO of Lambton College, helping to establish the College as a global leader in research, education and innovation. “Judith Morris’ career in postsecondary education, spanning over three decades, has... Read more
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May 11, 2021

CICan welcomes National Dialogue on postsecondary education in francophone minority context in Canada

Ottawa, May 11, 2021 – Denise Amyot, president and CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), has issued the following statement in support of the National Dialogue on postsecondary education in francophone minority context in Canada, (États généraux sur le postsecondaire en contexte francophone minoritaire au Canada) organized by the Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne (ACUFC) and the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada (FCFA): “Education has always been central to securing the rights of Francophones, and for good reason. It is key to ensuring the vitality and sustainability of the French language and of... Read more
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