About Us


Polytechnics Canada is the voice of leading research-intensive, publicly funded polytechnics, colleges and institutes of technology. Our mission is policy advocacy for federal action related to innovation and skills.

Polytechnics Canada members play a critical role in enhancing Canada’s productivity and innovation. Through their facilities and networks, our members provide meaningful solutions to industry problems and accelerate knowledge transfer. Graduates are job-ready and armed with the skills employers need across sectors.

If there ever were an institution designed to prepare our population for the workforce of tomorrow, it’s the polytechnic. These institutions offer a breadth and diversity of credentials, including four-year applied degrees, diplomas, advanced diplomas, certificates and graduate certificates, as well as apprenticeships in the skilled trades.

Close ties to industry make the polytechnic talent pipeline dynamic and responsive to the challenges of developing the future workforce. Polytechnics work with industry to build programs and design curricula, to conduct applied research that helps firms scale and get products to market. They offer students work-integrated learning opportunities and position graduates for careers. Beyond the traditional student, polytechnics embrace those at mid-career who find themselves displaced from the labour market or simply need short-term retooling to refine and modernize their skillsets.

At Polytechnics Canada, we are proud promoters of the polytechnic education model. Our members offer advanced programming across the knowledge spectrum in direct response to industry needs. Practical, hands-on learning opportunities prepare students for workplace challenges, ensuring graduates are job-ready and armed with the skills employers need across sectors.


My polytechnic. My future.