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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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April 12, 2021

CICan launches new report and environmental scan on microcredentials

Ottawa, April 12, 2021 – In order to help understand the latest trends in lifelong learning, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) has released a new study on the status of microcredentials. Based on an environmental scan and a survey of colleges and institutes, the report shows how these flexible and accessible learning options are gaining ground across the country. The environmental scan showed a great interest in microcredentials across Canada and a degree of agreement on their purpose, characteristics and value. It also showed that 56% of responding colleges are offering microcredentials either online, in-person, or both, and that 33%... Read more
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April 7, 2021

Overcoming the barriers women face in entering the skilled trades

This op-ed was initially published in the Toronto Star on April 1, 2021.   The pandemic exposed the fact that women hold a disproportionate share of low-paying jobs while carrying the brunt of family responsibilities. One area of policy focus should be providing Canadians, especially women, with opportunities and access to more sustainable, higher-quality jobs. But where will those jobs come from? They are here already. Employment in the skilled trades has fared comparatively well during the pandemic and have rebounded above pre-pandemic levels. Yet all too often we hear that the talent isn’t there to fill the jobs. Research by the Labour... Read more
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December 3, 2015

Labour Market Outcomes of Young Postsecondary Graduates, 2005 to 2012

This article documents the evolution of real annual wages and salaries and employment patterns of young postsecondary graduates by field of study from 2005 to 2012. Results are shown for Canadian-born individuals aged 25 to 34 who are college graduates or hold a bachelor's degree. The data are drawn from the linked 2006 Census–2011 National Household Survey–T1 Personal Master File. Fields of study are defined according to the Classification of Instructional Programs.
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December 3, 2015

Registered apprenticeship training programs, 2013

The provinces and territories reported 469,680 registrations in apprenticeship programs in Canada in 2013. Of these, more than three-quarters were apprentices continuing their programs from the previous year (already registered), about one-fifth were new registrations in 2013, and the remainder were people reinstated in a specific trade over that year. The majority of registrations (77.3%) were in apprenticeship programs where the associated trade had a Red Seal designation at the Canada level. Already registered apprentices in trades with the Red Seal designation accounted for 6 in 10 registrations. About 15% were new registrations in Red Seal designated trades, and 1.5% were reinstatements (apprentices who had left an apprenticeship program in... Read more
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December 3, 2015

Education Indicators, October 2015

This report presents education indicators for all of Canada, the provinces, the territories, as well as selected international comparisons and comparisons over time. The Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program draws from a wide variety of data sources to provide information on the school-age population; financing education systems; elementary and secondary education; postsecondary education; and transitions and outcomes.
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December 3, 2015

An analysis of the adaptability of a professional development program in public health: results from the ALPS Study

This article presents a professional development pilot program, the Health Promotion Laboratory (HPL), and analyzes how it was adapted to three different settings while preserving its core components. An exploratory analysis was also conducted to identify team and contextual factors that might have been at play in the emergence of implementation profiles in each site. This paper shows how a professional development program model can be adapted to different contexts while preserving its core components. Capturing the heterogeneity of the intervention’s exposure, as was done here, will make possible in-depth impact analyses involving, for example, the testing of program–context interactions... Read more
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