List of colleges in Ontario

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The province of Ontario has 24 publicly funded colleges,[1] known as Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAATs). In 2003, five CAATs (Humber, Sheridan, Conestoga, Seneca, and George Brown) were designated as Institutes of Technology and Advanced Learning.

Most Ontario colleges were founded between 1965 and 1967, after the passage of Minister of Education Bill Davis' Bill-153[2] on May 21, 1965, to create a post-secondary educational system different from that of universities. The Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Act, 2002, indicates that the purpose of Ontario public colleges is to offer "career-oriented, post-secondary education and training to assist individuals in finding and keeping employment, to meet the needs of employers and the changing work environment and to support the economic and social development of their local and diverse communities."[3]

In 2000, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development authorized colleges to offer a limited number of applied baccalaureate degrees under the Postsecondary Education Choice and Excellence Act, 2000. In 2012–2013 approximately 74 degree programs were offered by 12 Ontario colleges.[4]

List of public colleges[edit]

Note: Colleges marked with (FR) are French-speaking institutions.

Name Main campus Established
Algonquin College Ottawa 1967
Collège Boréal (FR) Sudbury 1995
Cambrian College Sudbury 1967
Canadore College North Bay 1972
Centennial College Toronto 1966
Conestoga College Kitchener 1967
Confederation College Thunder Bay 1967
Durham College Oshawa 1967
Fanshawe College London 1967
Fleming College Peterborough 1967
George Brown College Toronto 1967
Georgian College Barrie 1967
Humber College Toronto 1967
La Cité collégiale (FR) Ottawa 1990
Lambton College Sarnia 1969
Loyalist College Belleville 1967
Mohawk College Hamilton 1966
Niagara College Welland 1967
Northern College Timmins 1967
St. Clair College Windsor 1966
St. Lawrence College Kingston 1967
Sault College Sault Ste. Marie 1965
Seneca College Toronto 1967
Sheridan College Oakville 1967

Private colleges[edit]

Ontario has over 500[5] private career colleges.[6] These colleges are regulated by the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005, (S.O. 2005, c. 28, Schedule L). under which they must be registered and approved by the Superintendent of Private Career Colleges.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Find a School".
  2. ^ "History of Mohawk College". Mohawk College. Retrieved 2011-08-14.
  3. ^ "Law Document English View". 24 July 2014.
  4. ^ Panacci, Adam G. (2014). "Baccalaureate Degrees at Ontario Colleges: Issues and Implications". The College Quarterly. Retrieved 2014-02-10.
  5. ^ Ontario, Government of. "Private Career Colleges (PCC): Frequently Asked Questions for Students". Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  6. ^ "CCO Member Colleges". Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2014-10-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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