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Colleges and Institutes Canada
Collèges et instituts Canada (CICan)

UNEVOC Centre (National Body) since 2012

Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national, voluntary membership organization representing colleges and institutes in Canada and internationally. Colleges and Institutes Canada is the home of the pan-Canadian UNEVOC centre and is the voice of Canada’s 135+ public post-secondary institutes of applied learning and applied research. Colleges and Institutes Canada is also a member, and the current chair, of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP).

Colleges and Institutes Canada's Secretariat in Ottawa represents more than 135 members with the federal government and industry and is ISO certified. It also organizes conferences and workshops for college staff, students and board members to facilitate networking and participation in national and international programs, services and awards.


Colleges and Institutes Canada will champion and support the learning provided by member institutions.


Colleges and Institutes Canada will be the most respected voice in post-secondary education

Strategic Goals:

Colleges and Institutes Canada will

• Advocate for Members

• Promote the excellence of members as the prime providers of advanced skills and applied research for social and economic development.

• Optimize relationships with the federal government.

• Develop an advocacy plan in consultation with members and their regional associations to influence policy and seek resources.

• Mobilize members around shared objectives.

• Foster national and international partnerships to benefit members.

Colleges and Institutes Canada will

• Engage and Support Members

• Be a catalyst for innovation and collaboration to enhance the success of members and their students.

• Recognize and serve the diversity of member institutions (metropolitan, rural, anglophone, francophone, aboriginal, polytechnic, institute, college, cégep, university college and baccalaureate) by organizing forums to define common interests and strategies.

• Convene members around exemplary practices.

• Showcase and share members' innovative capacities and achievements.

• Respond to the diversity of members by recognizing and supporting their unique realities.

• Facilitate accessible pathways for students to pursue studies domestically and internationally, and promote enhanced credential recognition.

• Expand opportunities for members to connect faculty, staff and students with national and international communities.

• Strengthen member capacity through national and international partnerships.

Regular tasks

The International Partnerships Division, with over 700 projects in 105 countries over the past 30 years, affords opportunities for colleges and institutes to establish institutional linkages, to offer students learning opportunities aboard, to recruit foreign students, and to build the capacity of sister institutions in developing countries. Members are engaged through the policy, design, implementation and evaluation stages.

With private and public sector partners, the Canadian Partnerships Division designs and initiatives to support the advanced skills agenda. It engages members in collaboration with employer organizations on entrepreneurship development, advancing the economic integration of newcomers and facilitating innovation in learning.

The International Partnerships Division is also responsible for supporting members to send students abroad in the recently announced Canadian government, Outbound Student Mobility project. The Association, through its members will endeavor to send in excess of 4700 to study abroad over a 4-year period beginning in 2020.

The Public Affairs Division is responsible for advocacy, communications, media relations and leadership development. It showcases member expertise through awards of excellence, the annual conference, symposia and publications and sustains engagement in areas of common interest including rural, remote and northern colleges, metropolitan colleges, aboriginal learners, immigrants and applied research. The division liaises with federal officials, stakeholders and sister organizations.

Focus and interest

Work area

Which of the following fields is the UNEVOC Centre working on?
Sharing knowledge about TVET
Primary focus
Developing knowledge
Primary focus
Developing and building capacities
Primary focus


Who are the beneficiaries of the UNEVOC Centre's work?
Primary focus
Primary focus
Policy makers
Primary focus
Private sector
Primary focus

Engagement interest

What is the highest level of engagement the Centre is interested in in the following fields?
Greening of TVET institutions and skills
Interested to lead
Interested to lead
OER and Online Learning
  Interested to contribute
Equity of access in TVET
Interested to lead
Gender equality in TVET
Interested to lead
Fostering entrepreneurship
Interested to lead
Industry 4.0 / Smart production
Interested to lead

Activity interest

Which types of activities is the UNEVOC Centre most interested in?
Capacity development projects
Highly interested
Policy oriented projects
  Moderately interested
Knowledge development
Highly interested
Workshops and conferences
  Moderately interested

Regional collaboration interest

What are the UNEVOC Centre's collaboration interests?
Within my cluster
Highly interested
With Africa
Highly interested
With the Arab States
Highly interested
With Asia and the Pacific
Highly interested
With Europe, CIS and North America
Highly interested
With Latin America and the Caribbean
Highly interested


Collèges et instituts Canada (CICan)
1 Rideau Street, suite 701
K1N 8S7 Ottawa


local time now: ~13:27 ±1 hour daylight saving time

Head of UNEVOC Centre
Marie-Josée Fortin
Director International Partnership Programs
International Partnership Division

UNEVOC Coordinator
Camille Khoury
Manager, International Partnerships and Knowledge Development
International Partnerships Division

Tel. *****
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2 March 2022
Together | Ensemble - Canada’s national conference on the SDGs
On 4th March 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM (EST), the session "Canada Collaborating Globally on the SDGs will feature a retrospective of the most important learnings of the SDG Affinity Group collaboration which aims to advance the awareness and adoption of the SDGs considering them integral to TVET learning. With representatives from UNESCO-UNEVOC, INACAP-Chile, TAFE-NSW and KATTI-Kenya, under the leadership of Colleges and Institutes Canada with the collaboration.
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