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Acknowledging the Territory

We acknowledge that the land that Fleming College is on, is the traditional territory of the Michi Saagig Anishnaabe, people of the North shore of Lake Ontario and its tributaries. Fleming College Campus locations are covered by eighteen treaties and agreements that the Michi Saagig Anishnaabe participated in from 1781 to 1923.

Fleming College has settled on this land and recognizes that the region is now home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and the importance of respecting the voices and history of Indigenous communities. We are grateful to work on this land and will continue to build authentic and reciprocal relationships.

Learn about our Indigenous Education initiatives.

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Fleming College Offers Free Tax Clinics to Eligible Residents

Peterborough, ON (March 1, 2024) - Free tax return clinics return to Fleming College this March.

Open to eligible community members and Fleming students, these annual clinics provide a valuable service to the community while providing Accounting students with a rewarding, hands-on learning experience in their chosen field.

Clinics take place each Monday from March 4 to April 1, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre at Fleming’s Sutherland Campus.

To be eligible for the free clinics, individuals must:
• Have an income of $35,000 or less for individuals
• Have a combined income of $45,000 or less for a couple
• Have a combined income of $47,500 or less for a family of three
• Have a combined income of $50,000 or less for a family of four

Students will not prepare returns for self-employed individuals or for those who have capital gains or losses, employment expenses, or who have filed for bankruptcy.

Eligible residents can make an appointment at the clinic by emailing taxclinic@flemingcollege.ca, or registering here. Walk-ins can also be accommodated if students are available.

Free parking is available for residents travelling to the Sutherland Campus for the tax clinic. Please email the clinic ahead of time with your licence plate information and date of arrival.

Anyone attending the clinic is asked to bring the following information:
• Social Insurance Number
• T2202A Tuition Receipt (if applicable)
• Rent Receipts for rent paid in Ontario in 2023 (if applicable)
• Medical expense receipts
• T4 Statement of Income (provided by your employer if you worked in Canada in 2023)
• Any other tax related slips you may receive in the mail, like a T5 or a T3 slip (for investment income)
• International students and new Canadians filing a tax return for the first time will need to provide their date of arrival in Canada

Eligible residents are also welcome to drop off their tax information. Please email the clinic for more information.

Administered through a program with the Canada Revenue Agency, the community tax clinics are supervised by Accounting program instructors and organized with the help of Enactus Fleming College’s Keys to Me program.

Members of the media who wish to attend the clinics can email Communications Officer Sarah Deeth at sarah.deeth@flemingcollege.ca. Please note that members of the media must obtain permission before filming or photographing clinic participants.

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 80,000 alumni.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Sarah Deeth
Communications Officer
sarah.deeth@flemingcollege.ca
705-749-5530 ext. 1161

Web: flemingcollege.ca
Facebook: facebook.com/flemingcollege
Twitter: @FlemingCollege
Instagram: @flemingcollege

New Partnership Benefits Fleming College Business Students

Peterborough, ON (February 29, 2024) - A new partnership between Fleming College and the Peterborough & Kawarthas Chamber of Commerce will fuel professional development and create new opportunities for students in Fleming’s International Business Management and Global Business Management programs.

Through a student membership program between Fleming and the Chamber, students will be able to attend monthly Chamber events and access the Chamber’s extensive business resources.

The Chamber’s multiple networking events give students a chance to engage with local entrepreneurs, tour local businesses, meet the region’s industry leaders and establish connections in the business community.

Fleming students will also be able to access and attend Chamber-hosted webinars and seminars. Access to the Chamber’s job board, newsletter subscription and online Knowledge Hub is also included.
The Chamber will also host two events at Fleming College, bringing members of the region’s business community to the Sutherland Campus.

This new membership program is available to first semester students in the Winter 2024 and Fall 2024 semesters.

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 80,000 alumni.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Sarah Deeth
Communications Officer
sarah.deeth@flemingcollege.ca
705-749-5530 ext. 1161

Web: flemingcollege.ca
Facebook: facebook.com/flemingcollege
Twitter: @FlemingCollege
Instagram: @flemingcollege

College Grads are the Backbone of Ontario's Economy

Ottawa’s new student visa rules will disproportionately harm colleges — and all Ontarians will feel the impact

By Maureen Adamson

Maureen Adamson is the President of Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario.

This article appeared as an Op Ed in The Peterborough Examiner, published February 22, 2024. Read this article online here.

Back in December, federal immigration minister Marc Miller warned that the federal government might have to step in to curb rising international student numbers and that, if it did, provinces and institutions “will not like the bluntness of the instruments that we use.”

Mr. Miller’s warning has proven salient. In January the federal government placed a cap on international student visas and limited access to postgraduate work permits (PGWPs). Colleges and universities understand the government’s motivation to act. But as is often the case with blunt instruments, their impact is not hitting every part of the higher education sector with equal force.

The new federal measures will disproportionately harm Ontario’s colleges at a time when their value to the economy is higher, and more crucial, than ever. And the pain will be felt in communities across the province.

Colleges serve a specific mission in Ontario’s higher education sector: they provide training and credentials for tradespeople and front-line workers who require specific qualifications. These include the electricians, carpenters, technicians and other construction trades Ontario needs to build housing for our growing population.

They also include the personal support workers who look after the province’s elderly, the early childhood educators who teach our youngest children, the practical nurses who alleviate the pressure on our healthcare system, the police, firefighters and paramedics who provide first-response to emergencies, and the mental health and addictions workers who support our most vulnerable.

Taken as a whole, these workers are the human foundation upon which Ontario’s economy and society have been built. And the reality is that our foundation is currently exhibiting deep stress fractures. We can all see and feel the pressures on the system: long wait times for healthcare, a lack of qualified daycare workers, insufficient elder care, increased drug addiction and homelessness.

What you’re actually seeing and feeling is a shortage of college graduates in the labour force. Currently, 25 per cent of all current job vacancies in Ontario require a college education. It’s expected that 36 per cent of new jobs created in the years ahead will require college credentials.

Ontario colleges have one job: to make sure those positions are filled. This is the primary reason why Ontario’s college sector has turned to international enrolment — to meet demand for those skills and shore up our social and economic foundation. Amid all the rhetoric about “bad actors” and “diploma mills” looking to make a quick buck, Ontario’s colleges are doing nothing of the sort. They are pursuing their mission to produce quality graduates across all their campuses.

This is doubly true of Ontario’s rural and rural-urban hybrid colleges who primarily serve local workforce needs. Those colleges are located in smaller cities where populations are aging most quickly, with higher proportions of seniors than Ontario’s major metropolitan areas. They need robust enrolment, both domestic and international, in order to rebalance the demographics of their local workforces.

Both Ottawa and Queen’s Park need to recognize, and reward, the unique role that colleges play as the backbone of our local and regional economies.

The provincial government can do that by reflecting it in the way international student spaces are distributed under the cap. The distribution of student visas must be driven by labour market needs, both provincially and regionally.

The federal government can do it through the extension of PGWP eligibility to all students in the specific college programs that meet our most pressing labour market needs.

There are other measures and amendments that would help ensure an appropriate balance in the application of new federal policies and the pursuit of the government’s goals. As it stands, the blunt instrument approach risks doing more harm than good.

Fleming Phoenix Student Athlete Receives Provincial Recognition

Peterborough, ON (February 14, 2024) - A member of the Fleming Phoenix men’s volleyball team has received provincial recognition for his athletic achievements this season.

Sam Deschenes was named as a member of the OCAA Men’s Volleyball East Division Second Team All-Stars by the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA). The announcement was made on February 14, 2024.

Deschenes, a second-year student in the Environmental Technician program at the Frost Campus, and a native of Ottawa, Ontario, was a Libero and Outside Hitter with the Phoenix men’s team.

During the team’s season, Deschenes garnered a high level of points and provincial rankings with his offensive play including:
• 11th in the province in kills with 175
• 10th in the province in kills per set with 2.87
• 14th in the province in service aces with 25
• 12th in the province in points per set with 3.4
• 20th in the province in hitting percentage with .268
• 18 kills and 20 points in the team’s final game against the first-place team in the west division

This is a well-deserved recognition for Deschenes who provided motivation, encouragement and leadership to his teammates on the court.

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 80,000 alumni.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Sarah Deeth
Communications Officer
sarah.deeth@flemingcollege.ca
705-749-5530 ext. 1161

Web: flemingcollege.ca
Facebook: facebook.com/flemingcollege
Twitter: @FlemingCollege
Instagram: @flemingcollege

Celebrate Fleming Night at the Petes - Feb. 15, 2024

Peterborough, ON – (February 14, 2024) – Join members of the Fleming community on Thursday, February 15, for Fleming Night at the Petes.

Students from Fleming’s Sutherland and Frost campuses will be bussed to the Memorial Centre to join Fleming alumni, staff and faculty for “Fleming Night at the Petes.”

The evening will be dedicated to Fleming students, staff, faculty and alumni. Members of the Fleming community will participate in a ceremonial puck drop and announcements recognizing Fleming College will play throughout the game.

Fleming staff and students can purchase tickets for $15 each through the Campus Store at either the Frost or Sutherland Campus.

The Petes are set to take on the Guelph Storm Thursday. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. See you there.

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 80,000 alumni.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Sarah Deeth
Communications Officer
sarah.deeth@flemingcollege.ca
705-749-5530 ext. 1161

Web: flemingcollege.ca
Facebook: facebook.com/flemingcollege
Twitter: @FlemingCollege
Instagram: @flemingcollege

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