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Inspired by CICan’s 5-year Strategic Plan 2019-2024, the ImpAct initiative, aims to support colleges and institutes in achieving their shared vision of Better Futures for Peoples and Communities. Backed by the McConnell Foundation and placed under the patronage of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, it builds on the common values and aspirations of CICan members and is designed to amplify the college and institute system’s contributions to economic and social development, community well-being and a sustainable future by supporting deliberate and collaborative approaches.

The ImpAct initiative’s actions will be guided by Canada’s commitments to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By using the SDGs as a framework for setting priorities, partnering with others and measuring results, the ImpAct initiative will support CICan members in collaborating for a healthy, inclusive, prosperous and sustainable 21st century Canada.

Three collaborative pan-Canadian projects will help strengthen and scale up member institutions’ contributions to social and economic inclusion and ecological sustainability:

Reducing barriers to inclusive access



Advisory Committees

Two advisory committees will guide the project, bringing the perspectives of large, small, urban, rural and Northern institutions from across the country:

The Presidents’ Advisory Committee

The Student and Alumni Advisory Committee (ISAAC)


Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO)
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) helps Canadians share knowledge locally and globally in order to create better societies and build peace in the minds of men and women. To do so, the Commission facilitates cooperation in the fields of education, science, culture, communication and information to address some of the most complex challenges facing the world today.
McConnell Foundation
The McConnell Foundation is a private Canadian foundation that develops and applies innovative approaches to social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges. They do so through granting and investing, capacity building, convening, and co-creation with grantees, partners and the public.
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
In November 2018, ESDC launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Funding Program to support projects aimed at: building awareness of the 2030 Agenda; increase partnerships and networks; advance research; and further Canada’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Funded By

  • The McConnell Foundation
  • Employment and Social Development Canada