Polytechnics Canada is a non-profit association representing 13 leading research-intensive, publicly funded polytechnics, colleges and institutes of technology. We advocate for federal action where the interests of our members overlap with those of federal departments and agencies.
Among the areas where polytechnic education offers impactful solutions, we focus on Research & Innovation, Skills & Talent, and Diversity & Inclusion. These priorities speak to intersecting interest on topics such as applied research, career-relevant training, Indigenous teaching and learning, international education and upskilling/reskilling.
Recognizing that few Canadians understand the differentiated value of a polytechnic model of education, we also work to raise the profile of applied, industry-focused education. Articles and other publications showcase the impact of our members across sectors and across Canada.
Our members play a critical role in enhancing Canada’s productivity and innovation. Through their facilities and networks, they 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.