Polytechnics Canada Welcomes Finance Committee’s Budget 2017 Recommendations

 OTTAWA – December 7, 2016 – Polytechnics Canada welcomes several of the recommendations in the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance’s pre-budget report tabled today. The report recommends new federal investments in apprenticeship, applied research and better labour market information. Polytechnics Canada is pleased that the committee recognizes the value of advanced technical and technological education.

“Investing in Canadian talent, innovation and better jobs and skills information are measures that will create the conditions for economic growth,” said Polytechnics Canada’s Chief Executive Officer Nobina Robinson. “We are pleased that the report echoes significant parts of the advice we gave to the Committee this fall.” 

Specifically the Committee’s report recommends the federal government:

  • Commit to multi-year increases in federal investments in applied research at polytechnics and colleges;
  • Direct Statistics Canada to create, deliver and disseminate enhance labour market information including data on the performance of postsecondary institutions;
  • Launch a pilot program that establishes consortia of firms to connect apprentices with employers; and,
  • Develop and/or expand support for pre-apprenticeship training programs.

“We encourage Finance Minister Bill Morneau to give strong consideration to these recommendations as he and his Cabinet colleagues formulate the next federal budget,” said Robinson. “These types of investments in data, talent and innovation are needed in order to generate more growth in the Canadian economy.”

Polytechnics Canada is the voice of leading research-intensive, publicly funded colleges and institutes of technology. Located in Canada’s key economic regions, the current 11 member colleges and institutes are: British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), SAIT, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Red River College, Conestoga, Sheridan, Humber, George Brown, Seneca and Algonquin Colleges. 

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