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September 23, 2021

CICan marks Global Goals Week with new SDG report

Ottawa, September 23, 2021 – As the world marks Global Goals Week, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is pleased to reaffirm its commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One year after signing the SDG Accord, CICan produced a first report outlining how its many programs, activities and partnerships help support the SDGs in Canada and abroad. It focuses on key goals that have inspired CICan’s strategic plan: Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8), Reduced Inequalities (SDG 10), Gender Equality (SDG 5), Climate Action (SDG 13) and Quality Education (SDG 4) which is treated as an overarching theme at... 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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April 9, 2021

How Ottawa can help ensure more inclusive post-pandemic recovery

This op-ed was initially published in the Hill Times on April 8, 2021.   With its upcoming budget, the federal government has an opportunity to set in motion a truly resilient recovery for Canada. We believe the foundation of this effort must be helping the many Canadian workers displaced in a job market that was turned upside down by the pandemic. In times like these, the critical role of Canada’s post-secondary system – helping Canadians adapt and develop the skills they need to succeed – becomes more important than ever.  The government recognized this in its last Speech from the Throne and went so far as to promise the “largest investment in Canadian history in... 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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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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