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Colleges and Institutes Canada

Advocate

We are proud to be the national voice of Canada’s colleges and institutes and have worked tirelessly over the past year to ensure their priorities are heard and understood by Canadians and key decision makers.

A record setting year for government relations

As noted above, the pandemic created an extraordinary need for advocacy in order to ensure the needs of our members and their students were understood and taken into account as emergency measures were adopted. This made for an especially busy year on the government relations front. In total, we took part in nearly 160 meetings … Continued

Being our members’ voice in Ottawa

In addition to our COVID-19 related advocacy, we also represented our members needs in other formats. As always, we took part in pre-budget consultations and outlined our recommendations in our submission to the Standing Committee on Finance. In addition, this year we submitted a joint submission specifically on innovation with our regional counterparts and key … Continued

Engaging the public

Our advocacy efforts were supported by a variety of communication 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, the Toronto Star, the Canadian Press, Maclean’s, the Hill Times, Policy Options, the PIE News, Study Travel Magazine, and Le … Continued

Being heard and delivering results

We can say with confidence that our advocacy efforts resulted in very positive developments this year. Our high-level work with IRCC and other departments made a difference for many people struggling with the impacts of the pandemic, including thousands of international students. Throughout the year, we also saw positive signals that our positioning on key … Continued