Colleges and Institutes Canada

Supporting international student recruitment

Throughout the year, we worked with many partners to improve international student recruitment opportunities for our members. Our capacity to offer support was greatly improved thanks to an agreement with Scotiabank that provided funding for strategic international student recruitment and marketing efforts. Significant focus was placed on Asia, and especially China, which remains an important … Continued

Preparing the next generation of leaders

Last summer, we offered seven different leadership institutes targeted at leaders of all levels looking to improve their leadership skills or prepare for a new position. These new and improved institutes included a competency guide and received rave reviews. They were even recognized with the WFCP’s 2017 Gold Leadership Award. We also offered a series … Continued

Working together for the integration of new immigrants

The Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) gathered many of its partners involved in offering pre-arrival services to new immigrants on September 26-27 in Ottawa. The successful meeting was attended by then-minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, John McCallum, who offered a resounding endorsement of CIIP’s pre-arrival services. In February, the CIIP also organized its first-ever event … Continued

Gathering international partners

Several networking events were organized throughout the year, at home and abroad, for members taking part in CICan’s international projects. CICan played a key role at the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) congress which was held in Vitoria, Brazil from September 23-25. Canadian colleges and institutes made a strong impression on our partners, … Continued

Engaging members through committees

Throughout the year, many CICan committees, including the National Research Advisory Committee, the Indigenous Education Advisory Committee, the Government Relations Network, and the President’s Leadership Network held meetings to help us frame advocacy priorities in key areas. These meetings allow productive discussions between members and play a crucial role in helping us keep track of … Continued

Creating networking opportunities for members

CICan’s annual conference remains our biggest event of the year, and is one of the largest gatherings focused on post-secondary education in Canada. Our 2016 conference was especially successful, with over 800 delegates, representing 115 colleges and institutes as well as international partners from 12 countries, gathering in Quebec City. This made it one of … Continued


From networking events to professional development and more, we are proud to lead knowledge-sharing activities, nationally and internationally, in order to empower learning and networking for our members across Canada. This year we saw many new initiatives take shape in line with our member-focused approach.