The college system

Colleges work very closely with business and industry to ensure that their programs are relevant to the changing workplace and to the needs of employers. Canadian college programs offer diverse options in the technical and professional fields including: business, agriculture and agri-food, health, social services, broadcasting and journalism, hospitality management, design, technology, sciences, information technology, engineering, environment, languages, and arts.

The facts

  •  Over 8,000 programs at over 135 publicly funded colleges, institutes, CEGEPs and polytechnics in Canada offer credentials that are approved by provincial and territorial governments.
  •  Offers a variety of recognized credentials like certificates, diplomas, university transfer programs, academic and applied degrees, and post-graduate diplomas.
  •  Programs vary in length from a few months to 4 years.
  •  95% of college graduates are employed and over four-fifths report their studies are directly related to the work they do (National Graduate Survey 2013).
  •  Practical programs are designed with potential employers that also offer work placements.
  •  Tuition fees depend on the program. Visit Colleges and Institutes Canada for more information.
  •  Boarding or homestay and living costs are determined by the institution or organization that runs them.