Colleges and Institutes Canada

Taking international education in a new direction

The world is a very different place than it was only two years ago. This year, we laid out a plan to restructure and strategically organize the way we approach international education and development. Our new three-year International Strategy will futureproof the Canadian college and institute network through internationalization and global engagement. Based on three … Continued

Further action on sustainability

In January, we launched a nation-wide call for institutions to sign the SDG Accord. The Accord inspires, celebrates, and advances the critical role of education in delivering on the SDGs. As signatories, we maximize the impact of our efforts, share knowledge, commit to doing more, and hold each other accountable. Already, 27 institutions representing nearly … Continued

There is no future without net-zero

With the largest post-secondary footprint in the country, our collective engagement goes a long way. This year, at close to 700 locations, we pledged to achieve net-zero emissions on campus by 2050! And, our new Impact-Climate initiative set to work raising awareness among colleges and institutes and enhance engagement to reduce their environmental footprint. In April, we started … Continued

Equal access to quality education

As the labour market continues to evolve, it is more important than ever to support Canadians looking to develop their skills and to ensure that access is equitable. That’s why we launched Skills Compass, which supports Indigenous and newcomer youth who are Not in Employment, Education, or Training (NEET) in accessing education and training, wrap-around … Continued

Beyond good intentions to action

We’re serious about equity, diversity, and inclusion, not only as an ethical and moral responsibility, but also as necessary for sustainable pandemic recovery. This year, we launched our ImpAct-EDI initiative and we were proud to surpass our objectives as part of the 50-30 challenge, achieving 50% gender parity on our board and senior management team; as … Continued

Making international learning experiences more accessible to Canadian students

After travel-related delays due to COVID-19, we officially celebrated the launch of the long-anticipated Global Skills Opportunity with Universities Canada! Over four years, 54 colleges and institutes and 56 universities will implement a total of 124 GSO-funded projects in collaboration with international partners in over 100 countries. More than 16,000 Canadian students – especially those for whom international learning and work experiences in post-secondary education have traditionally … Continued

Microcredentials and innovation in learning

Building on our national framework and guiding principles from last year, we launched a deeper investigation into microcredentials across the country to better understand the current state and potential of this new trend in lifelong learning. Based on an environmental scan and a survey of colleges and institutes, the report shows how these flexible and … Continued

Building 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.