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February 26, 2020

Open Letter to the Minister of Finance

The following letter was addressed to the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance Dear Minister Morneau: As the collective voices of colleges, polytechnics, cégeps and institutes of technology across the country, we write to urge you to consider making a new investment in applied research. A relatively modest annual contribution of $40 million will supercharge the innovation supports this sector offers to Canada’s small- and mid-sized firms. This investment stands to make a powerful impact well beyond growth for Canadian business interests. Applied research is also developing the next generation of innovation-enabled talent and is contributing pragmatic solutions to Canada’s... Read more
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June 5, 2019

Open Letter to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

The following letter was addressed to the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour   Dear Minister, With 95% of all Canadians and 86% of Indigenous peoples living within 50 kilometres of a location of a college, institute, cegep or polytechnic, these institutions are uniquely positioned to support skills development across the country. CICan applauds the launch of the Canada Training Benefit (CTB). This program is a promising first step towards building a culture of lifelong learning in Canada and ensuring that Canadians possess the skills needed for a changing economy. Canada’s colleges, institutes, cegeps and polytechnics... Read more
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May 7, 2019

CEWIL named CICan’s Outstanding Partner for 2019

  Niagara Falls, May 7, 2019 - Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) Canada was named as Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) 2019 Outstanding Partner in recognition of its important contribution to training the workforce of tomorrow.  CEWIL Canada is the lead organization for work-integrated learning in Canada and its mission, in partnership with post-secondary institutions, community members, employers and government, is to build the capacity to develop future-ready students and graduates through quality work-integrated learning.   Since 1973, CEWIL Canada members from close to 100 post-secondary institutions across the country have worked in partnership to develop resources that promote the highest quality of post-secondary work-integrated learning programs. ... Read more
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March 29, 2019

Budget 2019 supports lifelong learning, but mostly leaves innovation aside

This op-ed was originally published on the Canadian Science Policy Centre website.   From the get-go, Budget 2019 was introduced by Finance Minister Bill Morneau as a “skills budget” and indeed it delivered a wide range of measures aimed at supporting access to education and lifelong learning. For colleges and institutes this was an important step towards adopting a more coherent national strategy for skills development, which is critically important to prepare Canadians for the future of work. On the innovation front however, which is equally important to Canada’s future prosperity, this budget contained few new measures for colleges and institutes.... Read more
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February 14, 2019

CICan welcomes the launch of the Future Skills Centre and Council

Ottawa, February 14, 2019 – In this age of rapid change and disruption, taking the time to reflect on the future of skills has perhaps never been more important. Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is therefore very pleased with the creation of the new Future Skills Centre and looks forward to contributing to its important mission. The Future Skills Centre was launched today in Toronto by the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, along with the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, who also named the members of the newly formed Future Skills Council that will... Read more
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April 29, 2018

New internship opportunities for Canadian students will lead to skills development, jobs

April 29, 2018, Victoria, British Columbia When Canada’s college and polytechnic students have the opportunity to learn in a hands-on work environment, they build the real-world skills and connections they need for the good middle-class jobs of today and tomorrow. Today, during her address at Colleges and Institutes Canada’s annual conference in Victoria, British Columbia, Kate Young, Parliamentary Secretary for Science, announced a new pilot program that will allow colleges and polytechnics to work with businesses and not-for-profit organizations to send students into the workforce. For more, see the Government of Canada news release.  
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February 23, 2018

The New ‘When And How’ Of Learning

This op-ed was originally published in the Globe and Mail on February 23, 2018.   A few weeks ago, Amazon opened the first checkout-free convenience store, ushering in a future without lineups to pay, but also without cashiers. And just like that, one more occupation was added to the growing list of jobs at risk of disappearing because of new technology. In fact, according to the federal government's Advisory Council on Economic Growth, nearly 50 per cent of the paid work currently performed in Canada could be automated by current or forthcoming technology. Faced with such rapid and profound disruptions,... Read more
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February 22, 2018

Budget 2018: Support for applied research is needed to meet the government’s skills and innovation goals

Ottawa, February 22, 2018 – Having launched several initiatives over the last year that clearly place skills and innovation at the forefront of the federal government’s agenda, the time has come for Ottawa to provide additional support to college and institute led applied research. This remains the main preoccupation of colleges, institutes, cegeps and polytechnics across Canada who are looking to Budget 2018 for recognition of the critical role they play in the country’s innovation ecosystem. Despite clear growth in research activity, colleges and institutes are only able to access roughly 2.5% of federal research funding. This is simply not... Read more
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