Top Ten

April 11, 2022

Canada releases Budget 2022, postsecondary sector not a primary focus

The new federal budget–Budget 2022–has been formally released. While there are few postsecondary-specific funding announcements, several investments have been made in postsecondary-adjacent sectors such as health care, immigration, workforce development, and the fight against climate change. CICan praised the budget for improving student, worker, and visitor pathways into Canada, as well as providing new supports for innovation given that “businesses often turn to their local college or institute to access research expertise.” Bay Today highlighted the $115M investment over five years and $30M ongoing to expand the Foreign Credential Recognition Program and help more internationally trained health care professionals enter the Canadian workforce. RBC Economics analysts noted the investment in innovation, including $750M in fresh batch funding for superclusters, but criticized the lack of dedicated skills development funding as “an oversight in light of major ongoing skills shifts.” CAUT gave the federal budget “failing marks” for not ensuring equitable, affordable access to postsecondary education or quality jobs in the sector. Budget | CICan | RBC | CAUT | Bay Today (National)

NL announces Budget 2022 with investments in nursing education, decreases to funding

The Government of Newfoundland & Labrador has released Budget 2022: Change is in the Air. The budget includes a $3M investment to increase the available seats in Memorial University’s Nursing Program and a $2.5M investment into personal care attendant, practical nursing, paramedicine, and other health programming at the College of the North Atlantic. Memorial noted that the budget included decreases to its funding, and indicated that while the province had suggested the creation of one health faculty at the university, “the establishment, abolishment, or changes to faculties are the responsibility of university Senate with the Board of Regents.” Memorial President Vianne Timmons referred to the budget as “a challenge we must respond to with diligence and care to minimize … the impacts on the Memorial community.” CUPE NL President Sherry Hillier also criticized the investment in seats to select programs without accompanying improvements to the graduates’ future working conditions. “The new spaces … won’t solve the staffing problem if graduates are poured into a system that is a leaky bucket,” said Hillier. NL | MUN | CUPE (NL)

Queen’s Canadian Cancer Trials Group receives $30M from CCS

Queen’s University’s Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG) has received $30M in renewed support over five years from the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS). The funding will help CCTG to continue its cancer research, which includes between 60 and 70 clinical trials at any given time, and to continue its planned expansion of its leadership in immunotherapy. “The successful CCS grant renewal is a recognition of the exceptional caliber of our national scientific leaders, international research activities and the impact our trials have on new treatments for people with cancer,” said CCTG Director Janet Dancey. “The funding will ensure that Canadian-led trials find answers to what is most important to Canadian patients and clinicians.” Queen’s (ON)

UNB receives $1.48M to expand nursing-practitioner program, develop mental health specialization

The University of New Brunswick will be receiving $1.48M over two years from the Government of New Brunswick for two new initiatives related to health and wellbeing. UNB will use the funding to expand its master of nursing-practitioner program from 10 to 20 seats in time for the Fall 2023 semester. The funding will also go towards developing the necessary theory and clinical courses to add a specialization in mental health to UNB’s bachelor of nursing program. 21 students will be able to specialize in mental health starting in Fall 2022. “Our nursing students are highly skilled and well placed to acquire additional skills in critical areas such as mental health and addiction,” said UNB President Paul J Mazerolle. “Through these agreements, we are able to expand our offerings and address significant needs in our province.” NB | CBC (NB)

UVic to construct housing, dining facility

The University of Victoria will be embarking on the construction of a housing and dining facility. The facility will be built from mass timber in order to reduce the building’s carbon footprint, support the forestry sector, and create opportunities in BC. The housing and dining facility is set to open in September and will include space for 783 beds. UVic is also undertaking two other mass timber construction projects: an engineering and computer science expansion and the National Centre for Indigenous Laws. “UVic is leading by doing – advancing green building design and construction, fostering innovation and technologies to create new jobs and prosperity for the province, and deepening our commitment to climate action and sustainability,” said UVic President Kevin Hall. The Star | BC (BC)

USask launches certificate focused on queer theory, gender diversity, sexualities

The University of Saskatchewan has launched a new program that will focus on queer theory, gender diversity, and sexualities. The interdisciplinary certificate program will give students the opportunity to learn queer studies, history, and anthropology, as well as to feel accepted and learn about themselves. “As a queer person, I felt it was very important for me to offer to the students something that would allow them to understand themselves, understand the world around them,” said USask Professor Alessio Ponzio. The certificate will begin in Spring 2022. CBC (SK)

RedeemerU launches programs in kinesiology, music

Redeemer University has launched new programs in kinesiology and music. The Bachelor of Kinesiology replaces the honours major in kinesiology, and will train students in human movement and prepare them to work in a professional role. The new music programs include a Music in Worship general major and a Church Music Ministry honours major. Students in the Church Music Ministry program will be prepared to work in a variety of ministry roles or could pursue further training in music therapy. RedeemerU also recently launched a Music in Worship minor and a Law and Public Policy minor. RedeemerU (1) | RedeemerU (2) (ON)

CBU launches a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management program

Cape Breton University has announced the launch of a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Management program. The program will train students in foundational occupational health and safety knowledge so that they can manage occupational health, safety, and risk across disciplines. The diploma will include a work placement or capstone project, and meets the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professional designation requirements. “At Cape Breton University, we recognize the inherent challenges of maintaining proper health and safety in all workplaces,” says CBU Dean of the School of Education and Health Patrick Howard. Nation Talk (NS)

Fleming announces new presence in Peterborough Square

Fleming College has announced that it has a new presence in Peterborough Square. The new downtown location will house Fleming’s Skills on Demand Work and Academic Upgrading program, Language Instruction for Newcomers program (LINC), and the Fleming College Muskoka-Kawarthas Service System Manager for the region’s employment services. Fleming’s CREW Employment Centre in Peterborough will be closing to accommodate the initiative. “Moving these offices together puts essential services for job seekers all in one place,” said Fleming President Maureen Adamson. “These are fundamental services and placing them together in the heart of our community better serves our community.” Fleming’s Skills on Demand Work and Academic Upgrading and LINC programs in Cobourg will also be moving to a new space. Fleming (ON)

Canada gains European students, Brexit may be responsible for change: Editorial

Canada is gaining European students and this could be due to Brexit, writes Simon Baker. Baker draws on study permit data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to show that there was a 10%-80% increase of students last year from some Western European nations. The author suggests that this may be due to the fact that European students can no longer study at UK institutions with reduced tuition fees, as the increased number of European students in Canada has correlated with a sharp decrease in the number of EU students in Britain has sharply decreased. Inside Higher Ed (Subscription) (International)