As part of our advocacy work in Ottawa, Polytechnics Canada issues written submissions and policy papers to inform and guide decision-makers in areas where polytechnic institutions offer pragmatic solutions to the country’s skills and innovation challenges.

2018 – House of Commons study on experiential learning Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development & the Status of Persons with Disabilities

Key recommendations include:

  1. Create a single point of entry for employers and students to access all federally-funded experiential learning programs
  2. Adopt a broad definition of experiential learning that includes learning typologies beyond the traditional co-op model
  3. Leverage existing investments in infrastructure and Innovation Superclusters to expand experiential learning placements and apprenticeships
  4. Grow the number of employers offering experiential learning placements by directing federal supports to a greater diversity of employers across a broader range of sectors
  5. Invest in improved data on experiential learning placements and outcomes
  6. Extend Youth Employment Strategy (YES) programming to all employers and deliver programming through a single federal department
  7. Extend YES programming eligibility to recent post-secondary graduates
  8. Embrace parity of esteem in the skilled trades by treating apprenticeship as an equally valuable post-secondary education pathway in YES programming