Association of Canadian Community Colleges

Association of Canadian Community Colleges

November 14, 2005 20:26 ET

ACCC: Colleges and Institutes Welcome the Federal Government's Commitment to Investing in Growth and Prosperity

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 14, 2005) - In today's Economic and Fiscal Update, Finance Minister Ralph Goodale unveiled a plan aimed at improving the quality of life of Canadians - improving how Canadians access education and skills training opportunities is key to ensuring that we meet productivity and competitiveness goals.

Of particular note and importance to the college and institute system are the Federal Government's pledges to support the underpinning elements of a pan-Canadian Workforce Development Agenda.

Canada's colleges and institutes welcome the Federal Government's investment in innovation in postsecondary education and substantial improvement in access for low-income Canadians. Training and skills development are critical to creating a healthy and prosperous environment for all Canadians.

- Creating a $1 billion Post-Secondary Education Innovation Fund will
help address urgent needs. "Such an investment in college and
institute infrastructure and equipment upgrades will ensure that
these institutions can better respond to rapidly changing
technological and skills requirements of industry. The need is
substantial - and this is a definite step in the right direction"
said Gerald Brown, President, Association of Canadian Community

- Extending the existing first-year grants to lower-income students
to cover up to four years of postsecondary education will
significantly increase their participation. Reform of Canada's
system of student financial assistance will help make postsecondary
education more affordable to low- and middle-income Canadians.
"Canada's colleges and institutes have long advocated for such
reforms and grants, as financial resources have been a substantial
barrier," said Mr. Brown.

- Increasing the participation of aboriginal peoples, workplace
skills development, apprenticeship, literacy and essential skills,
and immigrant labour market integration initiatives are all
positive investments.

- Encouraging Canadians to study abroad, foreign students to study in
Canada, and supporting the participation of Canadian postsecondary
institutions in international networks are vital for growth and

- ACCC is optimistic that the $85 million annual increase in funding
for Canada's granting councils will lead to the expansion of the
NSERC College and Community Innovation Program.

Canada's colleges and institutes continue to call for increased dialogue and collaboration between all government levels and stakeholders in the development of a pan-Canadian Workforce Development Agenda that builds on the strengths of communities, colleges and institutes.

The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) is the national and international voice of Canada's postsecondary colleges, institutes of technology, cegeps and university-colleges.

Contact Information

  • Association of Canadian Community Colleges
    Terry Anne Boyles
    Vice President, Member Services and Public Policy
    (613) 746-2222 ext. 2853