Colleges and Institutes Canada

Advocate

CICan is proud to be the voice of Canada’s colleges and institutes in Ottawa and has worked tirelessly over the past year to ensure their priorities are heard and understood by Canadians and key decision makers.

A strong presence in Ottawa for Canada’s 150th

The celebrations around Canada 150 made 2017 an especially big year in Ottawa. To capitalize on all the attention in the city, CICan organized several events, including our annual conference, in the nation’s capital. CICan’s Fall Leaders Forum took place October 2-3 in Ottawa with over 60 senior leaders engaging with renowned speakers and government … Continued

With one voice: federal budget consultations

Every year, CICan consults members in order to participate actively in the consultations leading up to the federal budget, to ensure that colleges’ and institutes’ priorities are heard by the government. This year’s recommendations focused on innovation, as well as Indigenous education, apprenticeship completion rates and infrastructure. CEO Denise Amyot, along with NSCC President and … Continued

Engaging with policymakers on key issues

Over the past year, CICan worked tirelessly to defend the interests of our members on a number of important files. Copyright: With a review of the Copyright Act underway, we have worked with key partners such as Universities Canada and the Council of Ministers of Education to advocate on behalf of members and their students … Continued

Advocating for international students

This past year, when Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) communicated their intention to implement a Study Direct Stream in India, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines (replacing programs like SPP-India and CES-Vietnam), CICan raised our members’ concerns at the highest levels. We are confident the changes to the India program will ensure continued strong recruitment … Continued

Engaging the public

CICan’s advocacy efforts were supported by a variety of communications activities targeting national and regional media. Over the year, we published op-eds, provided interviews and were featured in media such as the Globe and Mail, HuffPost, Maclean’s, Hill Times, and Le Droit. We also got creative and advanced our approach to social media campaigns, growing … Continued