Colleges and Institutes Canada

Build Capacity

CICan is dedicated to bringing its members together and forging strong partnerships to empower the system as whole. By working in collaboration, we have created many new opportunities for colleges and institutes this year.

Bringing leaders together at national events

Throughout the year, CICan members had the opportunity to gather together to reflect and discuss priority issues and did so in great numbers. In May, over 950 people, including delegates from 17 countries, attended our annual national conference in Niagara, Ontario. The conference was hosted by Niagara College with the theme of Inclusion: A Recipe for Success. It was … Continued

Promoting Canada’s colleges and institutes on the world stage

Throughout the year we represented Canadian colleges and institutes overseas by participating in events, and creating new opportunities for our members, both to generate new partnerships and support their recruitment efforts. In October, we attended the China Annual Conference for International Education and presented on the Canadian college sector’s experiences and approaches in responding to … Continued

Providing learning opportunities and leadership development

Our annual leadership institutes were a huge success with over 170 participants taking part in our seven distinct institutes. Throughout the year, we also delivered 17 webinars on a range of topics, each providing an opportunity to learn more about specific projects or priority issues, such as: applied research, career launcher opportunities, international development, outbound … Continued

Welcoming new members and associates

Our membership continued to grow this year, to include 136 colleges and institutes, and 14 associates from across Canada. We welcomed two new associates, the Horatio Alger Association of Canada and the Women Building Futures Society, and eight new members: Columbia College Six Nations Polytechnic Dawson College Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne Collège d’Alma Collège de Rosemont … Continued

Creating new opportunities for students through partnerships

We signed several new partnerships this year that created new opportunities for our members and their students, including valuable internships and work-integrated learning opportunities. On August 26, we announced the renewal of our Natural Resources and Clean Tech internship programs, both offered as part of our Career Launcher program and funded by the Government of … Continued

Supporting students in need with the new CICan Paul and Gerri Charette Bursary

Thanks to a generous donation of $1 million in endowement from Paul and Gerri Charette, we were able to launch a brand-new bursary program for students attending CICan member colleges or institutes, with a preference given to those studying in rural, remote, or northern areas. The Paul and Gerri Charette Bursary Program was officially announced at our 2019 annual national conference, with … Continued

Increasing Outbound Student Mobility for Canadian students

On August 22, 2019, the Government of Canada launched its new International Education strategy, which had first been announced in Budget 2019. We were incredibly proud to be entrusted with the administration of the new Outbound Student Mobility Pilot, a key component of the Strategy, in collaboration with Universities Canada. The pilot represents an investment … Continued

Helping Canada reach its Sustainable Development Goals

Recognizing that education is one of the most critical components of sustainable development, we inaugurated our new ImpAct initiative in February. This groundbreaking project is helping Canada make progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With the support of the McConnell Foundation and the patronage of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, ImpAct helps … Continued

Expanding Education for Employment

This year, we were especially proud to launch two new Education for Employment projects. In September, we announced the official launch of our new Education for Employment (EFE) Program – Al-Najah Tunisia. The initiative contributes to the economic empowerment of young graduates from Tunisia’s network of Institutions of Higher Technical Education (ISET – Institutions supérieures … Continued