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Colleges and Institutes Canada

Build capacity

We are dedicated to bringing our 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.

Building Capacity in long term care

The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the critical role that personal support workers play in our healthcare system. The shortage of these workers has been growing in recent years and has significantly increased during the pandemic. To help alleviate urgent needs, while training new workers in the sector, we launched the Building Capacity in long … Continued

Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion

Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) were big topics this year and for very good reason. While ongoing conversations around systemic racism, discrimination, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and Canada’s own history became more prominent in public discourse fueled by the Black Lives Matter movement and very public displays of racism, it also became clear that the … Continued

Supporting under-represented and disadvantaged groups

Announced in 2019, the Unlocking Inclusive Pre-Apprenticeship Pathways continued this year in partnership with the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum to identify and adapt pre-apprenticeship training programs to meet the needs of under-represented and disadvantaged groups. This is especially important in the context of COVID-19, which exposed further skills gaps in the labour market. We also launched a new … Continued

Launching careers for the future

In addition to the Supportive Care Assistant program launched with the Building Capacity in Long Term Care project, our Career Launcher initiative continued to grow this year thanks to new subsidies for returning internship programs (Clean Tech, Digital Tech and Natural Ressources), as well as the creation of our new ImpAct Internships program. Funded by … Continued

Supporting our international partners

Despite the challenges caused by the pandemic, we continued working with our many international partners this year. Announced in 2019, our Education for Employment (EFE) Program – Al-Najah Tunisia program truly got off the ground this year as partnerships were established between member institutions and our local partners. We also successfully wrapped up EFE projects in … Continued

Helping Canada progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals

Our work on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) continued this year, receiving a new and expanded presence on our website, and via our many projects. To help our members support sustainable development, we launched the SDG Toolkit for Canadian Colleges and Institutes in September. This practical guide was made available to all post-secondary institutions as an … Continued

Building internal capacity

With so many new projects, this was a year of significant growth for us as an association and many new positions had to be created. In total, our staff increased by 45% over the past fiscal year. As our team continued to grow, we launched several important internal projects to build capacity and better serve … Continued

Making education more accessible for students

This year, we handed out a second round of bursaries as part of the Paul and Gerri Charette Bursary Program, which was launched in 2019. What’s more, in recognition of the particular challenges students have faced this year, we were able to double the amount of the bursaries awarded thanks to a very generous new contribution … Continued

Recognizing excellence

Even though our annual conference was canceled in 2020, we still took some time to recognize our members, as well as exceptional individuals making a difference within their college or institute. Our awards of excellence were announced in May 2020, and since recipients could not be honoured in person, we created an online showcase to … Continued