POLYTECHNICS ARE…

Supporting Indigenous inclusion

Discover how Canada’s polytechnics are fostering Indigenous inclusion on their campuses

POLYTECHNICS ARE…

Addressing national challenges

Find out how polytechnics are contributing to a carbon-neutral future

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Preparing tomorrow’s workforce

Learn how polytechnics are building a talent pipeline prepared to take on the future of work


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an institution of higher education providing technical, applied, hands-on learning; offering applied degrees, diplomas, certificates and apprenticeship training; fuelling business innovation with applied research expertise

Value and Impact

Polytechnics Canada is a non-profit association representing 13 leading research-intensive, publicly supported polytechnics and institutes of technology. We advocate for federal action in areas where polytechnics provide solutions for a more innovative, productive and globally competitive country. As a result, our advocacy priorities are related to:

Research & Innovation

Research & Innovation

Applied research at Canada’s polytechnics helps non-profit and business enterprises of all sizes find solutions to the challenges they face. In many cases, these projects are also supporting significant social advances from improving health and eldercare to boosting environmental sustainability.

Skills & Talent

Skills & Talent

Among Canada’s post-secondary institutions, polytechnics have proven themselves to be the most adaptable, agile and well-connected to industry. Polytechnics are focused on strategic workforce development, ensuring learners have the skills required to succeed.

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion

Polytechnics are committed to creating equitable and inclusive places to study and work. Recognizing that the learning environment is enriched by those of various backgrounds and abilities, institutions offer programs and services to meet the needs of the students and communities they serve.

Partner with a Polytechnic

Applied research refers to an exceptionally broad range of innovation services that polytechnics offer business and community partners to advance new ideas or overcome challenges. Our applied research inventory is a searchable database showcasing the applied research expertise resident at our member institutions.

Latest News & Resources

Interested in learning more about the polytechnic advantage? Our resources bring the polytechnic model of education to life with examples of initiatives and partnerships underway across our member institutions.

Opinions
2024 Polytechnic Showcase Spotlight: How the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology is providing world-class applied student learning experiences

2024 Polytechnic Showcase Spotlight: How the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology is providing world-class applied student learning experiences

Opinions
2024 Polytechnic Showcase Spotlight: Humber’s international development journeys

2024 Polytechnic Showcase Spotlight: Humber’s international development journeys

Opinions
2024 Polytechnic Showcase Spotlight: How Conestoga is inspiring sustainability in research and academics

2024 Polytechnic Showcase Spotlight: How Conestoga is inspiring sustainability in research and academics

News Articles
Transnational cooperation beyond the European Higher Education Area

Transnational cooperation beyond the European Higher Education Area

Opinions
2024 Polytechnic Showcase Spotlight: How Kwantlen Polytechnic University is innovating for extreme challenges

2024 Polytechnic Showcase Spotlight: How Kwantlen Polytechnic University is innovating for extreme challenges

Opinions
2024 Polytechnic Showcase Spotlight: How the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology is Supporting Indigenous Communities and Their Sustainability Efforts

2024 Polytechnic Showcase Spotlight: How the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology is Supporting Indigenous Communities and Their Sustainability Efforts

Opinions
2024 Polytechnic Showcase Spotlight: How Fanshawe is Exploring the Symbiosis of Cybersecurity and AI

2024 Polytechnic Showcase Spotlight: How Fanshawe is Exploring the Symbiosis of Cybersecurity and AI

Best Practices
Polytechnics at Work

Polytechnics at Work

Best Practices
Polytechnic Applied Research

Polytechnic Applied Research

Opinions
Pursuing Solutions in Canada’s Food Sector

Pursuing Solutions in Canada’s Food Sector

Opinions
2024 Polytechnic Showcase spotlight: Global Polytechnic Education Alliance

2024 Polytechnic Showcase spotlight: Global Polytechnic Education Alliance

Opinions
Book Summary: Apprentice Nation by Ryan Craig

Book Summary: Apprentice Nation by Ryan Craig

Word on the Tweet

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BIG NEWS! @humbercollege is the first in Canada to offer free tuition for all programs for students from eight surrounding First Nations communities 📚

Learn more about the polytechnic's commitment to reconciliation and inclusion: https://shorturl.at/xKCDH

We mark #NationalIndigenousPeoplesDay by continuing to recognize polytechnics' role in the journey of healing & reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Polytechnics are committed to embedding Indigenous knowledge in education: https://shorturl.at/jmzBt

Land Acknowledgement

As a national association, Polytechnics Canada acknowledges that our offices are located on the unceded and unsurrendered territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation and that our members are located on the traditional territories of numerous Indigenous nations. We recognize there is much to learn on the path to reconciliation and that Canadian post-secondary institutions have a responsibility to be active participants. To learn how Canada’s polytechnics are supporting Indigenous inclusion on their campuses, click here.