Top Ten

June 10, 2020

FSC announces $37M in funding for 30 pan-Canada projects to address labour market needs

Future Skills Centre has announced $37M in funding for 30 projects that will provide solutions and support to Canadians transitioning to new jobs or industries, many of which involve Canadian postsecondary institutions. Projects that received funding encompass a variety of sectors from all regions of the country, and focus on four major themes: AI technology; training, reskilling, and adapting within industries facing chronic skills shortages; radical new approaches to training; and learning in order to build capacity to creating an inclusive workforce for the future by not leaving anyone behind. “Through these new projects, we can gain new insight on how workers transition to new jobs or industries and discover employer-led solutions to address the skills gap,” said Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Carla Qualtrough. “These findings will help Canadians now and in the future by providing the tools needed to re-establish a stable workforce and support economic recovery.”

CFI launches CFP for $25M in funding for COVID-19 related projects

The Canada Foundation for Innovation has launched the Exceptional Opportunities Fund competition to support equipment and research needs related to COVID-19. Through the competition, CFI will invest up to $25M in funding in research projects from all disciplines. The funds will cover up to 100% of the eligible costs of a project. However, “due to the critical nature of the research around COVID-19,” CFI has proposed a tighter than usual proposal deadline of July 6th 2020. Although contingent on the volume of proposals submitted, CFI anticipates it will make funding decisions by early fall. CFI (English) | CFI (French) (National)

OUA, AUS, U SPORTS, Canada West cancel fall 2020 sports

U SPORTS, Ontario University Athletics (OUA), Atlantic University Sport (AUS), and the Canada West Athletic Conference have announced that sports scheduled for the fall have been cancelled due to ongoing concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. With regard to athletic financial awards, U SPORTS has released new eligibility regulations indicating that student athletes impacted by this decision will not consume a year of eligibility, and that member universities will still be permitted to provide student athletes with athletic financial awards this season, even if the delivery of their sport has been compromised. In addition, U Sports stated that decisions regarding university sports after January 1st, 2021 will be made at a later date. Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec is still considering its options, reports the Ottawa Citizen. OUA | AUS | Canada West | U SPORTS | Ottawa Citizen  (National)

CMTN receives $4.4M for library renewal project

The Government of British Columbia has announced a $4.4M library renewal project at Coast Mountain College. The renewal work will bring the building up to current code standards and improve accessibility for users, as well as energy efficiency, air quality, and comfort for occupants. The design for the renewal includes an Indigenous reading circle crafted from local cedar as well as a wood ceiling design that represents the Skeena river watershed. “The library renewal project at Coast Mountain College is a long-term investment that will give students dedicated spaces to study and learn and will also provide immediate, well-paying construction work for tradespeople in Terrace,” said BC Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training Melanie Mark. BC (BC)

BHER, CEWIL Canada launch $1M collaborative grant for WIL opportunities

The Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) and Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada) have launched a $1M collaborative grant-based funding initiative that aims to create work-integrated learning opportunities across Canada. The funding will go to employers to provide resources for joint partnerships with postsecondary institutions. “Canada's continued prosperity depends on young Canadians having access to the education and experience they need to succeed - especially during times like these,” said Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Navdeep Bains. “Our government is proud to support the collaborative work between the Business + Higher Education Roundtable and CEWIL Canada on their new work-integrated learning opportunities for young Canadians across the country.” CEWIL (National)

RRU, MNBC, RaceRocks 3D partner to create skills training initiative for Métis community members

Royal Roads University’s Professional and Continuing Studies, Métis Nation BC (MNBC), and RaceRocks 3D have partnered to create Project Connect, a skills training initiative for Métis community members in Terrace, Prince George, and Nanaimo. Project Connect will design and test an online delivery model for a professional project administrator program created for and with BC’s Métis community. Created in collaboration with Métis Elders and other knowledge keepers, the program will include courses in areas like project management, proposal writing, and budgeting. “Technology enabled training allows us to bring training to people in their own home no matter where they are located, said Métis Nation BC’s Economic Development and Partnerships director Lisa Clement. “It will open doors to training and education for Indigenous people who might not otherwise have the chance.” RRU (BC)

George Brown launches online postgraduate program in long-term care

George Brown College is launching a postgraduate program to improve quality of care in complex and long-term care settings. The Interprofessional Complex and Long-Term Care program--developed in collaboration with Ontario Centres for Learning, Research & Innovation in Long-Term Care at Baycrest, and Ryerson University--the program is designed for online delivery and integrates problem-based learning grounded in educational game and digital open world learning. "With heightened focus on critical vulnerabilities in long-term care settings, it is more important than ever to enhance the skills and core competences of healthcare providers," said George Brown Chair, School of Nursing Wendy Ellis. NewsWire (ON)

U of T breaks ground on revitalization, sustainability construction project

Construction has begun on the University of Toronto’s Landmark Project, an initiative that will revitalize the core of the historic St George Campus and see a geoexchange system installed. The preliminary work–done in accordance with the province’s COVID-19 safety measures–will lay the groundwork for a more pedestrian-friendly campus, new greenspaces, and improved accessibility while enabling the installation of an underground geoexchange field that will help reduce U of T’s greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 15,000 metric tons per year. “This is a significant step in reducing our carbon emissions and meeting the goal we have set for ourselves by 2030, as well as more ambitious goals beyond that up to the year 2050 to be as close to carbon-neutral as possible,” said U of T’s vice-president, operations and real estate partnerships Scott Mabury. U of T (ON)

Western launches Western Institute for Neuroscience

Western University Senate has approved the formation of the Western Institute for Neuroscience, a hub that will provide a framework that coordinates and unifies neuroscience expertise at Western, Lawson Health Research Institute, London Health Sciences Centre, and other campus and community collaborators. Alongside providing academic leadership related to a shared vision, program alignment, and advocacy, the institute will also support neuroscience research through collaborative ventures, emerging opportunities, and the attraction and retention of high-quality personnel. “The need for neuroscience research continues to grow due to its potential to impact the health, security and vitality of society in this time of shifting age demographics, new therapeutic options, advanced research tools, globalization of knowledge and the rapidly expanding digital world,” said Western Acting Vice-President (Research) Sarah Prichard. Western (ON)

Cégeps resolve, encounter new issues as Fall planning continues

With the beginning of summer vacation for cégep instructors approaching, many institutions and instructors are encountering and raising concerns as they attempt to finalize the Fall session. One Fall delivery issue relates to the Government of Québec’s call to have at least 30% of students back on campus this fall. To meet this goal, schools like Dawson College and Cégep Limoilou have decided to require students to return to some classes in full protective equipment as space and personnel limitations make it difficult to ensure the two-meter physical distancing recommendation is respected. Meanwhile, some instructors without tenure have indicated that they are worried about not receiving fall contracts due to drops in student enrolment. Such worries are exacerbated for contract instructors at schools where training is exclusively offered to international students, many of whom will not be able to return to campus this Fall. Journal de Montréal (1) | Journal de Montréal (2) (QC)