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As part of its commitment to support equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), as well as promoting greater access to post-secondary education for all, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) launched ImpAct-EDI in June 2021. This new national initiative aims to facilitate the sharing of best practices and promote a coordinated approach to foster a culture of inclusion specific to the college and institute system.

The initiative will provide colleges and institutes with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to support students, faculty, staff, their local communities and employers to advance EDI, and includes:

  • A new National EDI Advisory Committee that will provide guidance to the association;
  • A new community of practice that will spearhead national cross-sector partnerships and will lead on mobilization and calls for action to create a movement of stakeholders working together to advance EDI;
  • A knowledge hub;
  • The McConnel Foundation project;
  • The 50-30 Challenge Project

National EDI Advisory Committee

The CICan National Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee provides input to CICan on EDI related to its strategic priorities and activities in advocacy, building capacity and driving knowledge.

It also serves as a forum to support and guide college and institute leaders and professional practitioners to better serve under-represented learners and communities across Canada.

For a list of the CICan National EDI Advisory Committee please visit CICan Advisory Committees.

CICan 50-30 Challenge Project

The 50 – 30 Challenge

The 50 – 30 Challenge is an initiative between the Government of Canada, business and diversity organizations. Together with ecosystem partners, including CICan, the government has developed a plan to improve access for women and/or non-binary people and other equity-deserving groups, including those identifying as: Racialized, Black, and/or People of Colour (“Visible Minorities”), People with disabilities (including invisible and episodic disabilities), 2SLGBTQ+ and/or gender and sexually diverse individuals, and Aboriginal and/or Indigenous Peoples.
50-30 Challenge

Overview of the CICan Project

Building on CICan’s expertise and the experience and expertise of our members and in partnership with our members, the 50-30 Challenge will accelerate adoption of evidence-based practices in EDI across the college and institute system.  To maximize effectiveness, there will be a focus on the following four broad categories. 

  1. Knowledge mobilization
  2. Capacity building
  3. Advocacy
  4. Dissemination and promotion

50-30 Challenge Ecosystem Partners

Funding Partners

McConnel Foundation logo
Funded by the Goverment of Canada

Sustainable Development Goals

  • Goal 4: Quality Education
  • Goal 5: Gender Equality
  • Goal 10: Reduced Inequality
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