Georgian College

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Coordinates: 44°24′44.29″N 79°39′40.08″W / 44.4123028°N 79.6611333°W / 44.4123028; -79.6611333

Georgian College
Georgian College logo.svg
MottoAccelerate your success[citation needed]
PresidentMaryLynn West-Moynes
Students11,000 full-time; 3,600 international [1]
PostgraduatesUniversity Partnership Centre
1 Georgian Drive
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L4M 3X9
Coloursblue and green          
AffiliationsCCAA, ACCC, AUCC, CBIE
MascotGrizzly Growler

Georgian College is a College of Applied Arts and Technology in Ontario, Canada. It has 11,000 full-time domestic and 1,500 international students from over 60 countries across seven campuses, the largest being in Barrie.[2][3][4]


The college was established during the formation of Ontario's college system in 1967. Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology were established on May 21, 1965 when the Ontario system of public colleges was created.


Georgian College offers academic upgrading, apprenticeship training, certificate, diploma, graduate certificate, college degree and university programs (including combined degree-diplomas) and part-time studies in such areas as Indigenous studies, automotive business, business and management studies, community safety, computer studies, design and visual arts, engineering technology and environmental studies, health and wellness studies, hospitality, tourism and recreation, human services, liberal arts, and more.[5]

Classes are small (26 people on average).[5]

Georgian offers the following degrees:

  • Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Automotive Management)
  • Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Management and Leadership)
  • Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Golf Management)
  • Honours Bachelor of Interior Design
  • Honours Bachelor of Police Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Collaborative Program)[6]

Its University Partnership Centre[7] offers a means of earning university undergraduate and graduate degrees, college degrees, combined degree-diplomas and graduate certificate programs and partnerships with select universities. The college has developed over 590 articulation and transfer agreements with 56 institutions around the world.

Degrees currently offered in partnership with other institutions include:

  • Lakehead University: Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) Degree with Electrical Engineering Technology Advanced Diploma (The first engineering degree offered in central Ontario)
  • Lakehead University: Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science – Environmental Sustainability (Specialization in Ecosystem Management) Degree with Environmental Technician Diploma
  • Central Michigan University: Master of Arts in Education, Community College Concentration
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology: RPN-BScN Degree Completion
  • York University: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Collaborative Program)[8]


Georgian offers a special focus on entrepreneurship.

Co-op education[edit]

Georgian has the most Ontario college students enrolled in co-op programs (more than 5,000). A total of 6,200 employers partner with Georgian to offer student work experiences (such as PowerStream, Algoma Central Corporation, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre and more). Georgian is the only Ontario college with programs accredited by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education; this represents the highest standard of achievement for co-op programs in Canada. Co-op work terms can lead to full-time positions after graduation. Students may opt to be their own boss and start a business as part of Georgian's eCo-op (entrepreneurship co-op) program.[9]

Georgian is number one in graduate employment among all 22 English-language Ontario colleges. According to key performance indicators for 2015-16, 87.8 per cent of Georgian graduates found work within six months – well above the provincial average of 83.6 per cent. Georgian has maintained a graduate employment rate above the provincial average for more than a decade.

Cancellation of planned program in homeopathy[edit]

In February 2018, the college announced that it was cancelling its controversial advanced diploma program in homeopathy, citing "the recent response from our local community and beyond and in consideration of our students." The program had been approved by the Georgian College board of governors and the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. Dr. Chris Giorshev, an emergency medicine physician, had sent letters of protest to the college and to the provincial government. He worried there would be a risk to public health if people assumed homeopathy has some legitimacy. "In this day and age with everything we know about science, that a discredited 200-year-old bit of puffery should be legitimized is scandalous," said Joe Schwarcz, director of McGill University's Office of Science and Society.[10]

Scholarships and bursaries[edit]

The Government of Canada sponsors an Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool that lists over 750 scholarships, bursaries, bursaries and other incentives offered by governments, universities and industry to support Aboriginal postsecondary participation. Georgian College scholarships for Aboriginal, First Nations and Métis students include the Casino Rama Aboriginal Tourism Award, Casino Rama Tourism Graduate Award, Monague Native Crafts Ltd. Award, Crossworks Manufacturing Native Education Award, Randy Anderson Memorial Award, New VR Award, Janet Stinson Memorial Award, and Native Education – Community and Social Development Graduate Award.[11]



Georgian College's main campus is located on a 140-acre (57 ha) site on the northeast edge of Barrie.

The Barrie Campus[12] is home to the University Partnership Centre (UPC), offering degree studies and combined degree-diploma programs.

The Barrie Campus is also home to the Sadlon Centre for Health, Wellness and Sciences. Opened in 2011, this $65 million, 165,000-square-foot (15,300 m2) facility has allowed Georgian to double its enrolment in health and wellness programs to 3,000 students and allow students to pursue health sciences-related certificates, diplomas and degrees, including advanced degree programs. It is home to a variety of health care teaching clinics open to the public, as well as laboratories and classrooms.

Currently under construction is the $30-million, three-storey Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre. When completed in the fall of 2018, it will provide study and learning space for students enrolled in new diploma and degree programs.[citation needed]

The Barrie Campus offers an on-campus residence. The eight-floor residence houses approximately 525 students, which includes 16 live-in residence life staff (15 Resident Attendants and a Manager of Residence Life). There are also two dual bedroom rooms for students with disabilities. During the summer, this residence becomes a summer accommodation facility and hotel, although a few students remain in the building for the summer semester.


The Orillia Campus[13] was established in 1969. On-site facilities include a 150-seat theatre, fitness centre and weight room. Over 1,600 students pursue studies at the campus. It is home to the Justice and Public Safety Institute and the Community Education Partnership Centre.

Many but not all programs at the Orillia Campus focus on the health sciences and human services field. Other programs include Honours Bachelor of Police Studies, Police Foundations, Protection, Security and Investigation, Child and Youth Care, Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician, plus numerous graduate certificate programs.

Owen Sound[edit]

The Owen Sound Campus has over 1,000 full-time and 3,350 Continuing Education registrations.[14]

Among the most notable features of the campus are its marine training facilities. The Algoma Central Corporation Marine Emergency Duties (MED) Centre, which opened in October 2016 is a $7.5 million, 13,600-square-foot facility is a key part of the college's renowned Marine Studies and is used extensively by students enrolled in Georgian's postsecondary marine programs as well as by working mariners who require certification or refresher training. MED training is mandatory for anyone who works on a ship in Canada. After several years without a marine emergency duties training facility in Ontario, mariners will no longer need to travel to Canada's east or west coasts to obtain this certification. Life-saving training includes firefighting, survival craft, life raft and immersion suit training, as well as first aid.

The renovated $8.5-million Centre for Marine Training and Research 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) is the most technologically advanced marine training centre in the country. The CMTR is used to certify professionals already in the marine industry and to train students in the Marine Engineering Technician and Marine Technology – Navigation programs. The college also offers a graduate certificate in Marine Engineering Management.[citation needed]


The Robbert Hartog Midland Campus is a regional campus of Georgian College, providing education and training opportunities to North Simcoe. Campus features include 39,000 square feet of dedicated shop space, Indigenous Resource Centre, cafeteria and Recreational Boating Centre of Excellence. It has 710 full-time students with a focus on electrical, mechanical, welding and plumbing programs and over 1,200 part-time registrations.[15]


The Muskoka Campus was established in 1977 and is located in Bracebridge, 100 km (62 mi) north of Barrie. Campus features include a 7,000-square-foot carpentry shop, computer labs, free parking, multimedia classrooms and videoconferencing capabilities. It has 130 full-time and close to 500 part-time registrations in program areas such as health care, skilled trades and business.[16]

South Georgian Bay[edit]

The South Georgian Bay Campus,[17] located in Collingwood, Ontario, was established in 1985. Campus features include 20,000 square feet of multi-function classrooms, community room, computer lab, student lounge and videoconferencing capabilities. It has 250 full-time students and 450 part-time registrations in such program areas as business, administration and skilled trades.


The Orangeville Campus[18] was established in 1988. Campus features include a computer lab, student lounge, videoconferencing capabilities and nursing lab. It has 160 full-time students in such programs as Office Administration – General, Office Administration – Medical, Personal Support Worker, Practical Nursing and Pre-health Sciences. It also has close to 1,000 part-time registrations in such areas as business, computers, corporate training, design and visuals arts, hospitality and tourism and languages.

Automotive Business School of Canada[edit]

Georgian College is also home to the Automotive Business School of Canada, the only one of its kind in the country. The school offers a two-year diploma and a four-year Honours Bachelor of Business Administration, specializing in the automotive industry. Students host North America's largest outdoor student-run auto show every year with a show date now in June. The Automotive Dealership Management graduate certificate builds on professionals' existing experience and helps them upgrade their skills.[19]

Canadian Aviation Institute[edit]

Georgian's three-year Aviation Management advanced diploma co-op program[20] is designed to give students knowledge and hands-on experience in aviation and management through in-class instruction and co-operative work experience in the aviation industry. Students are given the opportunity to pass the examination to receive their Restricted Aeronautical Radio Operation License. Management courses are designed to give students an understanding of management practices and procedures to prepare them for future promotional opportunities.

Some Georgian graduates are employed by NAV CANADA, Lester B. Pearson Airport and the Ministry of Natural Resources, among other aviation-related companies. Graduates of the Aviation Management program have gained employment in airline management, airport management, airport planning and flight dispatch and in government aviation agencies.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Scott Bravener[21]
  • Aylan Couchie[22]
  • Dale George, industrial designer[23]
  • Jon Montgomery, Olympic Gold Medalist (skeleton racing) and television host
  • Eve Northmore, founded the Women’s Snowboard Federation[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bowe, Raymond (May 2, 2019). "College looks globally to address decline in domestic enrolment". Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  2. ^ "Barrie Campus Fact Sheet" (PDF). Georgian College. 2014. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  3. ^ Bowe, Raymond (2010-09-02). "College booming". Barrie Examiner. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  4. ^ "Georgian College". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  5. ^ a b "Georgian College - Georgian College 2017-2018 Full-time program guide". Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  6. ^ "Earn a university degree from Georgian College or one of our partners". Georgian College. Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  7. ^ "University Partnership Centre". Georgian College. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  8. ^ "Earn a university degree from Georgian College or one of our partners". Georgian College. Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  9. ^ "Georgian College - Georgian College 2017-2018 Full-time program guide". Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  10. ^ Crowe, Kelly. "Georgian College cancels diploma in homeopathy | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  11. ^ Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool
  12. ^ Barrie Campus
  13. ^ Orillia Campus
  14. ^ "Owen Sound Campus Fact Sheet" (PDF). Georgian College. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  15. ^ "Midland Campus". Georgian College. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  16. ^ "Muskoka Campus Fact Sheet". Georgian College. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  17. ^ South Georgian Bay Campus
  18. ^ Orangeville Campus
  19. ^ "Dealership management program fills niche | Toronto Star". Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  20. ^ Aviation Management advanced diploma co-op program
  21. ^ Scott Bravener
  22. ^ Aylan Couchie
  23. ^ Dale George
  24. ^ Eve Northmore

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