OTTAWA, March 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Polytechnics Canada is delighted with
today's federal budget that recognizes the key role its member
institutions play in fostering innovation, creating high-quality jobs
and supporting targeted apprentice training.
"Minister Flaherty's budget directly acknowledges our part in helping
small and medium-sized businesses bring new technologies, products and
processes to the market place," says Nobina Robinson, Chief Executive Officer of the 11-member organization that represents
some of the country's largest colleges and polytechnics. "And we
commend the government's recognition of the potential of college
students by, for the first time, including them in programs that had
been previously restricted to university students. This creates a wider
talent pool for industry to draw on."
Specifically, we are delighted with the following 2013 Budget
initiatives that respond to Polytechnics Canada recommendations for
boosting innovation and job creation:
A $12-million increase to the College and Community Innovation Program
that supports applied research collaboration between colleges and
Opening the Industrial Undergraduate Research Award Program to college
students enrolled in 148 bachelor-degree programs;
Creating a new $20 million pilot "credit note" program to help small and
medium-sized businesses commercialize their products or services more
Mandating the use of apprentices in federal infrastructure projects.
"We welcome the recognition that college applied research is an
important priority for Canadian innovation, especially in this time of
fiscal restraint," says Anne Sado, Chair of Polytechnics Canada and
President of George Brown College. "Our members will capitalize on
these new opportunities and deepen our innovation contributions by
producing the skilled workers that Canada needs."
Sado added: "This budget sends the clearest message yet that colleges
and polytechnics are the best catalyst for job opportunity in this
country. It acknowledges that investment in college-based learning
brings a clear and rapid return that will help us out of our current
For his part, Carlos Paz-Soldan, president and CEO of Toronto-based
Tenet Computer Group, praises the federal boost to innovation funding
for small business. "This budget recognizes the strong link between the
innovation needs of firms such as mine and the skills and talent of
college and polytechnic students across the country," says Paz-Soldan.
Located in Canada's key economic regions, the 11 member colleges and
institutes of Polytechnics Canada are: BCIT, SAIT Polytechnic and NAIT
in Alberta, Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology in
Saskatchewan, Red River College in Manitoba and, in Ontario: Conestoga,
Sheridan, Humber, George Brown College, Seneca and Algonquin.
SOURCE: Polytechnics Canada
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