Joint letter from the CEO & Board Chair

This has been another busy year for both Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) and our members across the country. With a new government in Ottawa, CICan renewed its advocacy efforts while continuing to foster partnerships and opportunities for its members both nationally and internationally.

Over the past year, CICan focused on four advocacy priorities identified by our members and we are happy to report that progress has been achieved in all four areas, with new program, funding and partnership opportunities that will benefit colleges, institutes, students, and communities all over Canada.

CICan also continued to expand its international partnerships, launching new Education for Employment programs in Africa, facilitating faster visa approvals for international students, and signing promising MOUs with several governments and organisations. The expertise of Canadian colleges and institutes continues to be in high demand around the world and we are thrilled that so many international opportunities are available to them through CICan.

Our members have long been recognized as educators of choice, but their contribution to Canadian innovation and entrepreneurship is becoming increasingly apparent to the government and a growing number of partners. We continue to be amazed by their leadership and are confident that the best is yet to come for Canada’s colleges and institutes.


Denise Amyot
President and CEO


Chantal Denis
Board Chair and Director General of
Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu