I think we could still develop talent through CIS but there are things that could be improved.
There should be more athletic scholarships to Canadian universities for deserving athletes. Education is also physical. Physical education has a stigma against it that it is less important than academic, and you see less and less emphasis on phys ed. in High School. At the same time you see fatter kids. Excellent athletes should get financial help, as it takes just as much work to train and practice for sports as it does to learn and study for classes.
I don't agree with having CIS rosters filled with kids that aren't actually students of the university. I like the idea of allowing eligibility to go from 5 to 7 years. That would make it a lot easier on CIS athletes to concentrate on both their athletics as well as their academics, as they could spread their classes out over a longer period of time. They should have to attend classes though and maintain a good average. The universities could offer extra tutoring to their athletes to help them out since a lot of their time would be taken up with training, travelling, playing, etc.
The CIS needs more money and exposure so that they can attract more athletes as well. I think a good way to do that is to get them on TV. I think something the government could do is use the CRTC to obligate television stations to show some CIS on their stations. For every hour of NCAA sports a station shows, they have to show an hour of CIS sports.
At first some people might say this would be crazy because the NCAA is "better" right? But they have the better athletes because they have more money to recruit them, and they have more money because they have better exposure, and they have better exposure because they have better athletes. It's a cycle. If the big gov made stations show CIS, they would have more exposure, more exposure means more money, more money means better athletes, which in turn begets more exposure as more people tune in to watch better and better teams!
This would help the CFL as you would have more top athletes learning their football skills in the Canadian format, and you wouldn't have to worry about teaching so many American grads the new rules.