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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 and ensure the law continues to protect fair dealing provisions.

Experiential Learning : CICan shared a series of recommendations in a Submission to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.

Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer: CICan appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology which later published a very positive report.

Work-integrated learning: CICan worked in close collaboration with Polytechnics Canada to encourage Mitacs to fund internships for college and institute students. This led to a pilot expanding the eligibility for their research internship program first presented at the CICan Applied Research Symposium.

Perception audit: In order to improve our advocacy efforts and better understand how CICan and its members are viewed by key stakeholders, we engaged Earnscliffe to conduct a perception audit. Overall, the study showed that people had a positive view of CICan and our members, and identified new areas to focus our outreach.