Humber College

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Humber College
Humber College logo.svg
MottoWe Are Humber
Established1967; 56 years ago (1967)
PresidentDr. Ann Marie Vaughan
Academic staff
Students86,000 total learners[1]
Location, ,
Sports TeamsHumber Hawks
ColoursGold and blue    
AffiliationsCCAA, ACCC, AUCC, CBIE, Polytechnics Canada
MascotHowie the Hawk

The Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, commonly known as Humber College, is a public College of Applied Arts and Technology in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Founded in 1967, Humber has two main campuses: the Humber North campus and the Lakeshore campus.


Humber offers more than 150 programs, including bachelor’s degree, diploma, certificate, post-graduate certificate and apprenticeship programs, across 40 fields of study.

Humber also provides academic advisors and resources, such as a career finder.[2]

Beyond this, Humber College also provides Bridging (or Bridge Training) Programs for internationally trained professionals in the fields of engineering and information technology. Humber serves 25,000 full-time and 57,000 part-time learners.[3]


Humber was established in 1967[4] under its founding President, Gordon Wragg. The first new section of Humber College opened on Monday September 11, 1967 at James S. Bell Elementary School, a public school on Lake Shore Boulevard West. The Lakeshore Campus began with the addition of the manpower retraining programs on Queen Elizabeth Way in Etobicoke. In November 1968, North Campus was officially opened by Mayor Edward A. Horton of Etobicoke and Mayor Jack Moulton of York. In the early 1970s, student enrollment was rapidly increasing which led Humber to expand its business and technology programs at both the North and Lakeshore Campuses. Humber College had the largest group of business students in the province. Three year co-op programs were developed in the early 1970s in a range of technology and business programs. [5] Humber became Canada's largest college with over 27,000 full-time and 50,000 part-time learners.

By the early 1980s Humber was developing programs to respond to business and industry demands by focusing on flexibility in class schedules, including a weekend College. Its skill-based training courses included self-paced programming and, along with Holland College in Prince Edward Island, became one of the National Centers for industry driven DACUM curriculum. Humber introduced flexible manufacturing and was a pioneer in introducing computer applications in technology programs.[4] Lakeshore Campus, at its new permanent location on the lakeshore, was the first college to introduce a solar technology program to respond to the needs of that growing industry of the time. Humber had a large international outreach program, working in over 20 countries. With the assistance of ADB, the Government of Canada (CIDA), it developed the largest international program of all of the Canadian colleges by 1987,[citation needed] introducing the concept of responsive tertiary education to countries throughout Africa and Asia.[citation needed][6][full citation needed]

In 1983 the campus was used for filming of the first Police Academy film, which was released the following year.[7]

After the mid-1980s, the college concentrated more on arts and applied arts programs and refocused its energy on internal processes rather than program innovation and on local rather than national or international activities. It is an Ontario Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

Academic Faculties[edit]

  • Faculty of Applied Sciences & Technology
  • Faculty of Business
  • Faculty of Media & Creative Arts
  • Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Innovative Learning
  • Faculty of Social & Community Services
  • Faculty of Health Sciences & Wellness


Humber Learning Resource Commons (LRC) which serves as the entrance for Humber College North Campus.

Humber North Campus[edit]

Located in northwest Toronto (formerly Etobicoke) adjacent to the Humber River, the Humber North Campus has approximately 20,000 full-time and 57,000 part-time students, 1,000 of them living in residence.[8] The campus offers full-time and part-time programs in various fields including Business, Applied Technology, Health Sciences, Media Studies, Liberal Arts, Hospitality and Tourism. In addition to that, the campus also has an indoor pool and sauna, athletics facilities and a fully functioning spa. North Campus is home to the Funeral Service Education program, one of only two FSE programs offered in the province.

On April 18, 2015, Humber College opened Humber Learning Resource Commons (LRC) which serves as the new main entrance for the campus.[9] The 264,000-square-foot building has six floors and features a student gallery and commons, a new library, enhanced student services, the Registrar’s Office, Student Recruitment, Student Success & Engagement, the International Centre, the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences and administrative offices. The building was designed by B+H Architects[10] and it cost $79 million to build, $74.5 million of which were funded by Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.[11]

The Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation located at Humber College North Campus.

The Donor Wall, located in the North Campus, was installed to acknowledge individuals and organizations whose cumulative contributions have reached or exceeded $10,000. The wall comprises a series of individual hexagonal tiles with four donor levels and integrated touch screens that provide a flexible, interactive component to student and teachers. As of March 2019, the wall displays more than 350 supporters who have donated to Humber since its opening in 1967.

The campus also includes University of Guelph-Humber, with a collaborative university-college partnership between the University of Guelph and Humber College.

Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation[edit]

The Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation, located at Humber's North Campus, is home to many applied research projects with diverse partners across multiple sectors. It builds on Humber’s expertise in areas such as automation, robotics, systems integration, user experience testing, applied research and work-integrated learning. Some of the key features include interactive technology zones, digital media studios, cutting-edge prototyping and makerspaces, open concept gathering spaces and demonstration areas for new products and technologies. The 93,000 sq. ft. centre cost about $27 million, $10 million of which were funded by The Barrett Family Foundation. The Government of Canada provided additional funding of $15.5 million from the Post-Secondary Strategic Investment Fund, and the Government of Ontario provided $1.55 million from the College Equipment and Renewal Fund for the purchase of key equipment within the building.[12]

Humber College Lakeshore Campus

Humber Lakeshore Campus[edit]

Located along the shores of Lake Ontario, at Kipling and Lake Shore Blvd. W, Humber's Lakeshore Campus located in New Toronto has approximately 7,200 full-time students, with 400 living in residence.[8] The Lakeshore Campus sits on the large grounds of the former Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital and Lakeshore Teachers College, in the west-end New Toronto neighborhood of Toronto (formerly Etobicoke). When leased by Humber College, the college vowed to keep the historical site in good condition and enhance its park-like setting as an asset to the Southern Etobicoke community. The campus now consists of a number of cottage buildings and the more modern and now renovated Lakeshore Teachers College facilities that were extensively re-worked in the early 1980s. The L-Building[13] was opened in 2011 at the Lakeshore Campus, as an addition to the cottages located around it. In May 2013, artist Harley Valentine's sculpture Persephone, after the mythic Greek queen of the underworld, was installed in the front plaza of the L-Building. The Lakeshore Campus was used as the location of the Police Academy in the 'Police Academy' film series.

Humber Arboretum[edit]

Located behind Humber College's North Campus, the Humber Arboretum consists of botanical gardens and natural areas surrounding the Humber River.[14] This unique site is home to the Carolinian bioregion, the most diverse ecosystem in Canada, and boasts over 1,700 species of plants and animals. The Humber Arboretum covers approximately 250 acres (101 ha) of the West Humber River Valley between Highway 27 and the 427, and is easily accessed from Humber College Blvd.

Queensway Campus[edit]

In 1968, Humber College opened Queensway 1 Campus which was located at 56 Queen Elizabeth Blvd; however, it was later renamed Lakeshore 2 Campus in 1975. It was home to Funeral Service Education Program which was launched for the first time in 1968/69 academic year. The campus closed its doors in 1989 and the program was moved to the North campus as part of the Health Sciences Division.[15]

Other facilities[edit]

On September 25, 2019, Humber College announced the decision to close its Orangeville campus at the end of June 2021 and launch a new International Graduate School in downtown Toronto.[16]

The Humber Centre for Skilled Trades and Technology and the Humber Transportation Training Centre each operate from facilities near but separated from the North Campus, offering applied training in subjects such as construction trades and truck driving respectively.

Campus life[edit]


In 1968 Humber formally joined the Ontario College Athletic Association (OCAA). Humber started with just four varsity programs and endured the growing pains of a young athletic program. Since then the department has blossomed into one of the most dominant, not only in Ontario but in the nation. Humber has grown from four to twenty varsity teams, competing in every sport that the OCAA offers. The Hawks now have a men's and women's team in basketball, volleyball, outdoor soccer, indoor soccer, rugby, baseball/softball, golf, badminton, cross country and curling.

In the Fall of 2016, Humber Athletics became the first program to win 500 OCAA medals.[17][better source needed] Two years later, the Hawks captured their 50th Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) national championship, becoming the first institution to reach the milestone.[18]

Humber also contains one of the college system's campus recreation programs. Campus Rec, as it is widely known, offers intramural and extramural teams as well as a number of off-campus events. Intramurals are on-campus leagues where students of various skill levels compete in sports ranging from soccer to ice hockey. Extramurals are competitive club teams formed at each college that compete against each other in a tournament league format. Campus Rec has recently introduced off-campus events where students can participate in leisurely excursions. These include mountain biking, skiing, curling, horseback riding, rock climbing, beach volleyball and the Time for War fitness course.

The fitness programs at Humber's North and Lakeshore Campuses offer students, faculty and community members a number of ways to stay fit and lead an active and healthy lifestyle. After a major renovation in 2010, the North Campus fitness area has become one of the area's finest. The facility has an aerobic studio, weight and cardio rooms, saunas, ping pong tables, showers, lockers and washrooms. Certified personal trainers are available to build programs, give guidance throughout workouts and help build nutritional guides. There are over 16 different classes offered ranging from extremely strenuous to light stretching depending on personal fitness level.[19]


Ignite, previously known as the Humber Students' Federation club (HSF), is a sanctioned group of active and enthusiastic students who want to engage and share their passion or hobby with the students of Humber and Guelph-Humber. Clubs must be social, cultural or interest-based. Some of the clubs that were sanctioned for the 2013-2014 school year included Beyond the Rainbow, Dance Company, Liberals Club, Good Deeds Club, Embassy Christian Community, Table Tops Gaming Club, Ministry of Magic Club, and the Vietnamese Students' Association.[20]

The overall purpose of Ignite is to meet new people who share the same interests and to enrich the post-secondary experience of Humber and Guelph-Humber students.


Humber College offers residences for students at the North and Lakeshore Campuses. The North Residence is located by the Humber Arboretum and features three interlinked buildings with both single and suite-style rooms. The Lakeshore Residence is located west of downtown Toronto and offers suite-style rooms. Both residences offer themed floors which include extended quiet floors, single gender floors and Living and Learning Communities.[clarification needed] Additional amenities include study rooms, a community kitchen that can be used for group cooking, exercise room (North only), recreational space and laundry facilities.

Humber's Residence Department also provides students with access to an online database of off-campus rental accommodations near both the Lakeshore and North campuses.[21]

Student union[edit]

IGNITE, formerly the Humber Students' Federation, is the official student government representing the full-time students at Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber.[22] The elected students of IGNITE are members of key Humber committees to ensure that students are properly represented during all major discussions and decisions.

Outdoor Learning Lab[edit]

Humber College has recently received funding to build an outdoor learning lab and naturalized play environment at one of its campus child care centres. The living lab will provide students and faculty in programs such as Early Childhood Education, Health and Fitness, and Sustainable Technology, with the opportunity to engage in meaningful studies of children's play and learning in a naturalized environment.[23]


Digital Broadcast Centre[edit]

This centre is home to Humber TV, Radio Humber and all newspaper, magazine and web production. Humber is the only GTA College with a CRTC campus instructional license and fully operational radio station, 96.9 Radio Humber.[24]

Arts and Media Studio[edit]

The old Lakeshore Lions Arena at 300 Birmingham Street is now home to Humber's Arts and Media Studio, and opened in 2010. The site is part of the Lakeshore Campus site.

Centre for Urban Ecology[edit]

The LEED gold certified building includes a green roof, passive solar heating and a biofilter system. It is the only Platinum EcoCentre in Ontario.[25]

Recent achievements[edit]

On 25 January 2006, the French ambassador to Canada Daniel Jouanneau visited the North and Lakeshore campuses of Humber College.[26] Jouanneau and school officials suggested the program might eventually be extended to the culinary arts and media-related programs, such as journalism.[26]

On February 2, 2009, Humber College students became the first to contact an astronaut in orbit using an apparatus they built and operated. They made contact with Sandra Magnus at the International Space Station from a lab room at the school's Rexdale campus.[27]

On January 10, 2018, Humber College’s Lakeshore Campus is the first college in Ontario to receive Fair Trade Campus designation from the Canadian Fair Trade Network (CFTN.) for its promotion of social and environmental sustainability and innovation. Recognized already as one of Canada's Greenest Employers, achieving the designation is part of Humber’s five-year plan to make its campuses more sustainable.[28]

On February 7, 2019, Humber College’s North Campus has received Fair Trade Campus designation from the Canadian Fair Trade Network for its promotion of social and environmental sustainability and innovation.[29]

Notable alumni[edit]


Coat of arms of Humber College
Granted 15 September 2005
Issuant from a circlet Or the upper rim set with hazelnuts and trillium flowers Proper a demi Pegasus Azure crined wingedunguled and holding between its legs a cogwheel Or.
Per bend sinister Argent and Or a pile reversed issuant from the dexter flank and truncated in chief in dexter chief three Ermine spots in pairle Azure.
Two red-tailed hawks Proper each gorged with a collar pendent therefrom a cogwheel Azure charged with an open book Or standing on a grassy mound Vert above barry wavy Argent and Azure.
Carpe Opportunitates (Seize The Opportunities)[33]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ontario College FTEs". Ontario Colleges Library Service. Retrieved 6 July 2022.
  2. ^ Archived 2013-11-01 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved 13 May 2013
  3. ^ "About Us". Humber College. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Our History". Humber College. Archived from the original on 2013-09-02. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  5. ^ Fournier, Lori. Wheeler, Don. Building Business. A History of the Business School at Humber: Toronto, ON: 2004. Business School at Humber.
  6. ^ ACCC Journal
  7. ^ Fleischer, David (14 June 2016). "Where Police Academy Was Filmed in Toronto". Torontoist. Retrieved 31 August 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ a b "Humber College – Campuses & Facilities – Toronto, Ontario, Canada". Humber College. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
  9. ^ "Fact Sheet | Humber College Learning Resource Commons". Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  10. ^ "Humber College Learning Resource Commons (LRC)". B+H Architects. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  11. ^ "Question and Answers | Humber College Learning Resource Commons". Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  12. ^ "Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation - Humber College". Retrieved 2019-08-16.
  13. ^ "Latest News".
  14. ^ "Humber Arboretum". Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  15. ^ "The College expands to Queensway | Humber 50th Anniversary". Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  16. ^ araujon (2019-09-25). "Humber College to close Orangeville Campus as of June 2021". Humber Today. Retrieved 2019-09-26.
  17. ^ A Winning Tradition: Humber Athletics Reach New Milestone
  18. ^ No. 50: Humber Sits Atop the All-Time Championship Leaderboard
  19. ^ Humber College, "Humber Fitness" Archived 2013-03-28 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved 18 June 2013
  20. ^ "Clubs - Humber Students' Federation". Humber Students' Federation. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  21. ^ "We are your home at Humber - Humber Residences". Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  22. ^ Humber College, "Humber Students' Federation", Retrieved 14 May 2013
  23. ^ Humber College, [1] "Learning Lab"], Retrieved 18 June 2013
  24. ^ Radio Humber Archived 2012-10-23 at the Wayback Machine Humber 96.9fm Retrieved on: 2012-9-23
  25. ^ "Humber arboretum wins Ontario EcoCentres platinum | Humber et Cetera". Archived from the original on 2013-09-03. Retrieved 2013-09-03.
  26. ^ a b Rebecca Payne, "French digintary visits school", Humber EtCetera, Toronto: Humber College Journalism program, 26 January 2006. With files from Brian Bento.
  27. ^ Mathieu, Emily (2009-02-03). "Humber to space station: 'We're live'". The Star. Toronto. Retrieved 2010-05-04.
  28. ^ "Humber College's Lakeshore Campus Officially Fair Trade Designated | Humber Today".
  29. ^ "Humber College's North Campus Receives Fair Trade Designation | Humber Today". 7 February 2019.
  30. ^ "Nathan Fielder - Humber Alumni".
  31. ^ "PERSONALITIES: Dina Pugliese". Toronto, Ontario: Rogers Broadcasting. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-10-09. Retrieved 2008-10-24.
  32. ^ "Elias Theodorou - Official UFC® Fighter Profile". 14 September 2018.
  33. ^ "The Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning". Canadian Heraldic Authority. Retrieved 4 January 2022.

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Coordinates: 43°43′42″N 79°36′21″W / 43.72833°N 79.60583°W / 43.72833; -79.60583