Cambrian College

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Coordinates: 46°31′48.56″N 80°56′27.86″W / 46.5301556°N 80.9410722°W / 46.5301556; -80.9410722

Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology
Cambrian College logo.png
TypePublic College of Applied Arts and Technology
PresidentBill Best
1400 Barrydowne Road
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P3A 3V8
AffiliationsCCAA, ACCC, AUCC,
SportsGolden Shield

Cambrian College is a college of applied arts and technology in Greater Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. Established in 1967, and funded by the province of Ontario, Cambrian has campuses in Sudbury, Espanola and Little Current.

Cambrian works in partnership with school boards, training institutes, universities, and other institutions - locally, nationally and internationally - in order to provide additional educational opportunities and to share expertise and resources.

Cambrian's commitment to its many communities is evidenced by the Wabnode Institute, the college's centre for the advancement of First Nations education, and by its status as a leader in meeting the needs of persons with disabilities.


The sign and building for Cambrian College in Espanola

Cambrian College was founded as a trade school in 1967, during the formation of Ontario's college system. It was originally established with campuses in Sudbury, North Bay and Sault Ste. Marie; the North Bay and Sault campuses became the independent Canadore College and Sault College in 1972 and 1973, respectively.

Until 1995, Cambrian was a bilingual institution, offering courses in both English and French. In that year, the French programs were transferred to Collège Boréal.

Student population and programs[edit]

The largest college in Northern Ontario, Cambrian College has over 4,400 full-time students and close to 90 full-time programs, a number of which are uniquely suited to the academic and employment aspirations of First Nations people. An additional 9,000 registrations are taken annually for part-time personal, professional and human resources development courses, workshops and seminars. Delivery methods include classroom learning, independent learning, distance education and the Internet.

The various programs at Cambrian College are organized under the umbrella of five larger schools:

  • Schools of Business and Information Technology; Creative Arts, Design and Music; and Hospitality
  • Schools of Health Sciences and Emergency Services
  • Schools of Justice; Community Services; and General Studies
  • Schools of Skills Training; and Community and Corporate Learning
  • School of Engineering Technology and Environmental Studies

Student associations[edit]

Cambrian is also home to 3 particular student government associations; SAC (Students Administrative Council), CNSA (Cambrian Native Students Association) and the CAA (Cambrian Athletics Association). All three provide essential services to students, although SAC represents every student on campus and provides specific services regarding students and student life. These services range from basic student services like faxing and mailing duties; to the executive council members of SAC dealing with academic appeals, clubs and associations duties, college-wide changes, leadership and other concerns. The executive of SAC reports to a student body elected President (As do the CAA and CNSA)..

Computer and engineering technology[edit]

The energy systems program was launched in fall 2007 at the Barry Downe campus and features "The Living Building Project" which has received significant government and industry funding. Students in the energy systems program take classes in areas as varied as chemistry, instrumentation and biology and take a hands-on role in the construction and design of "The Living Building Project".

University transfer agreements[edit]

Cambrian College has agreements with universities in Canada and in countries that include Australia and the USA that enhance student mobility between college and university. These agreements formally recognize credits earned at each institution and facilitate the transfer of these credits between institutions.

Cambrian College in Toronto, Brampton and Vancouver[edit]

In 2005, Cambrian College entered into a partnership with Hanson Canada to create Cambrian @ Hanson. At the three campus locations in Toronto, Brampton and Vancouver, Hanson is delivering Cambrian College programs exclusively to international students. As the leader in Public-Private Education delivery and the first of its kind, Hanson International Academy maintains its position as the preferred destination for students looking for a quality education experience in a unique learning environment. Hanson is also a registered Private Career College in both Ontario (registered with MTCU) and in BC (registered with PTIB).


In 2009, The Shield, Cambrian's student-run newspaper was replaced by a daily-updated website,, and a new glossy magazine. The first edition of the Shield magazine was released on November 6. Both are put together by students in the college's journalism program. In March 2013 the website and magazine was shut down after the journalism program was suspended in 2012.[1]

Students of the Broadcast — New Media program also host shows on Laurentian University's campus station CKLU-FM.


The college is represented in the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association by the Cambrian Golden Shield.


In April 2017, the college's computer network was affected by malware, likely part of the WannaCry ransomware attack. This attack disabled computers, student and staff portals, college e-mail, and other services for several days.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ulrichsen, Heidi. "The end of an era". Northern Life. Retrieved 9 June 2015.

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