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February 27, 2020

CICan and Mitacs partner to drive innovation with 1,000 research internships for college and institute students across Canada

New agreement pledges work-integrated learning research opportunities with industry and post-secondary education partners across Canada  Ottawa, February 27, 2020 — Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) — the national organization that represents publicly-supported colleges, institutes, CEGEPs, and polytechnics — and Mitacs — a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada — signed an historic agreement yesterday. The partnership creates up to 1,000 work-integrated learning Mitacs research internships for students from CICan member institutions across Canada over the next five years. This agreement builds new links for college and institute students to work with industry partners and other researchers. It leverages both... Read more
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November 12, 2019

EKOS Survey – Canadians’ Perceptions of Post-Secondary Education

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) commissioned EKOS Research Associates to conduct a survey of Canadians’ views on post-secondary education. The survey examined a range of issues including general perceptions of post-secondary education, perceptions of Canadian colleges, interest in institutions for retraining/lifelong learning, and perceived barriers to accessing retraining.
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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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August 26, 2019

CICan to help 230 young Canadians join the green economy

Ottawa, August 26, 2019 – Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is proud to announce the renewal of two programs funded under Canada’s modernized Youth Employment and Skills Strategy. This will allow an additional 230 young Canadians to get a strong start in the green economy through CICan’s Career-Launcher Internship program. The renewed Natural Resources and Clean Tech internship programs are more inclusive and will encourage employers to support youth facing barriers to employment. In keeping with the goals of the modernized Youth Employment and Skills Strategy they will be accessible to more youth than before, including post-secondary students and graduates.... Read more
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August 22, 2019

CICan to support student mobility as part of Canada’s new International Education Strategy

Ottawa, August 22, 2019 – Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) welcomes the launch of Canada’s new International Education Strategy and looks forward to working with the federal government and other stakeholders to continue shaping Canada’s world-class education system. The association is especially proud to be entrusted with the administration of the new Outbound Student Mobility Pilot that is a key component of the Strategy, in collaboration with Universities Canada. Launched in Edmonton by the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, and the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of... Read more
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May 8, 2019

New CICan Paul and Gerri Charette Bursary Program to support rural students

Niagara Falls, May 8, 2019 – Thanks to a generous donation of $1 million from Paul and Gerri Charette, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) will offer a brand-new bursary program for students attending CICan member colleges or institutes, with a preference given to those studying in rural, remote, or northern areas. The new bursary program was officially announced yesterday at the closing dinner of CICan’s annual national conference.   The CICan Paul and Gerri Charette Bursary Program will provide financial support to college and institute students who demonstrate financial needs and face barriers to participate or complete post-secondary education. This year the fund will finance a total of ten bursaries of up to $5,000 each. ... Read more
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May 8, 2019

Red Deer College President Joel Ward receives CICan’s Distinguished Service Award

Niagara Falls, May 8, 2019 – Red Deer College President and CEO Joel Ward was honoured by his peers of the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Presidents’ Leadership Network who named him as the 2019 recipient of its Distinguished Service Award. He is recognized not only for his leadership at RDC, but for his outstanding contribution to Canada’s post-secondary system as a whole, throughout his distinguished career.   Joel Ward became President of RDC in September 2009 and worked at colleges and institutes across the country in many different functions before that. A former professor of marketing and international business, he served as Dean of... Read more
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