Sault College Receives Prestigious National Award

(Halifax, NS, April 26, 2022) – Sault College has received national recognition for its strong commitment and work towards creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment for all staff and students.

Today in Halifax, at the Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CiCan) annual conference, Dr. Common, on behalf of the College, accepted the Gold Recipient Award in Excellence in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

CiCan’s Excellence in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award recognizes a college or institute that has demonstrated leadership in advancing and promoting equity, diversity and inclusion for its students, faculty, staff, and community. This award recognizes institutional, rather than individual achievements. Areas of focus can include but is not limited to administration and human resources, curriculum design and content, policies and procedures, stakeholder management, communication and outreach programs.[1]

Diversity is a core value engrained within various aspects of our operations and strategic visions and goals. Sault College celebrates diversity, equity, inclusion and respect in all aspects of our work and we are committed to ensuring that students and staff feel welcomed and supported and have practices to ensure this is a reality.

“It is with great pride that we accept this prestigious national award celebrating and acknowledging the work we have done and continue to do in this important area,” said Dr. Ron Common, President Sault College. “A significant priority for our College is to ensure we are invitational in everything we do, and an important part of this is providing a respectful College community that promotes equity, diversity and inclusion.  We recognize that this work is ongoing, and we will continue to strive for excellence, continuous improvement and leadership in this area,” he added.

From cultural events to human resources to staff and student training, Sault College has been at the forefront of many exciting initiatives to support equity, diversity and inclusion on our campus. With more than 2250 international students representing 35 countries, a strong Indigenous student population, and diversity among students and staff, we are proud to have an organization that promotes a positive and inclusive work and learning environment because this, in turn, strengthens the fabric of our College and our local community and provides an experience that cannot be matched.


About Sault College

The vision of Sault College is to provide a transformative life experience through empowering those who study with us to think and learn in progressive, innovative ways, including those we have not yet imagined. Sault College grants Ontario College certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas, graduate certificates, and degrees to its graduates. The College is the largest deliverer of apprenticeship training in all of Northern Ontario. Sault College has a significant economic impact on the community, with spin-offs in excess of $355 million. Over $2 million dollars in scholarships, bursaries and awards are distributed annually to students at the College. Located on the border to the United States and situated in the middle of three of the largest Great Lakes on the planet, in the traditional territory of the Anishnaabe, Sault College is one of 24 publicly-funded colleges in the province of Ontario.


[1] Colleges and Institutes Canada