Confederation College is a provincially funded college of applied arts and technology in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. It was established in 1967, and has campuses in Dryden, Fort Frances, Geraldton, Kenora, Marathon, Sioux Lookout, Red Lake and Wawa. The college serves an area of approximately 550,000 square kilometres. It is the only public college servicing Northwestern Ontario.
Confederation's regional economic impact and contribution is valued at $411.2 million annually.
A leader in Indigenous education, Confederation College helps set policy for Indigenous learning across the post-secondary education sector. It offers niche Indigenous programs and many supports and services for its Indigenous learners.
We are more than just another postsecondary institution; we’re a culturally diverse, close-knit community of individuals, delivering exceptional education and training to an average of 7,200 combined full and part-time students per year.
With highly-trained instructors, smaller class sizes and a dynamic learning environment, we offer practical, hands-on programs and courses that will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to succeed.
The college offers a full range of programs and education services throughout the region, which includes over 60 full-time post-secondary programs, as well as part-time credit and non-credit courses, specialty programs for business and industry, pre-employment and skills training programs, apprenticeship programs and cooperative/workplace training programs.
Each year, Confederation College has approximately 3,400 full-time post-secondary students, 370 apprentices, 550 adult training students and 4,205 part-time post-secondary students, and many thousand students accessing continuing education courses. The student body includes a large population of Indigenous students and a growing population of international students.
Our Programs Available to International Students
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Aerospace Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Aviation Technician - Aircraft Maintenance
Aerospace Manufacturing Engineering Technician
International Business Management
Business - Accounting
Leadership for Healthcare Professionals
Business Administration - Accounting
Business - Marketing
Business Administration - Human Resources
Human Resources Management (full-time)
Office Administration - General (full-time)
Business - Human Resources
Business Administration - Marketing
Developmental Services Worker
Recreation Therapy - Accelerated
Child and Youth Care
Developmental Services Worker - Accelerated
Early Childhood Education
Industrial Manufacturing Processes
Engineering Business and Safety Management
ICT Solutions for Small Business
Electrical Engineering Technology
Electronics Engineering Technician - Computers
Civil Engineering Technology
Instrumentation Engineering Technician - Process Automation and Control
Pre-Technology - Technology/Aviation Stream
Personal Support Worker
Personal Support Worker (Compressed)
Dental Assisting - Levels I and II
Pre-Health Sciences - Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas
Medical Laboratory Assistant
Pre-Health Sciences - Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees
Hospitality & Tourism
Tourism - Travel and Eco-Adventure
Native Child and Family Services
Native Child and Family Services - Accelerated
Interactive Media Development
Digital Media Production
Forestry Technician: Ecosystem Management
General Arts and Science - Certificate
English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
General Arts and Science - Diploma
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Carpentry & Renovation Techniques
Motive Power Techniques - Automotive
Motive Power Techniques - Heavy Equipment
Power Engineering Technician
Pre-Technology - Trades Stream
Confederation College was founded as a trade school in 1967, during the formation of Ontario’s college system.
Air Vice Marshal (ret'd) Douglas Bradshaw was the first president of Confederation College from March 6, 1967 to 1974. His vision of an aviation program in the north was implemented in the College’s Aviation Centre of Excellence. He died on 1 October 1996. In his memory, the Douglas Bradshaw Athletic Achievement Award is presented to a graduating student, having the most improvement in and contribution to athletics and whose quality of spirit and competitive drive contributed to the overall success of the college athletic program.
Our main campus is situated on 130 acres of park-like property located right in the heart of the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Our campus has beautifully treed grounds, a shallow, twisting river and a network of walking paths.
We also boast a state-of-the-art Aviation Centre of Excellence facility, located at the Thunder Bay International Airport. This 59,000 square feet facility is comprised of two large hangers, classrooms, shops and labs for three aviation programs.
Along with our main campus in Thunder Bay, we also have eight regional campuses located across northwestern Ontario, in the communities of Dryden, Fort Frances, Kenora, Geraldton, Marathon, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout and Wawa.
Confederation College offers financial scholarships, bursaries, and awards to students to assist with their education costs. These are given out based on financial need, academic achievement or extra-curricular/community involvement. On average, student awards exceed $400,000 each year.
Why Confederation College?
- 7,297 students including, 634 international and 523 southern Ontario learners
- Nine campuses located across northwestern Ontario
- 58 full-time programs in 11 areas of study
- Leader in the “It’s About Respect” campaign that promotes respect of all people and celebrates diversity (this program has been adopted by many organizations including the City of Thunder Bay)
- First college in Ontario to have a comprehensive student mental health and well-being strategy.
- Awards approximately $150,000-$200,000 in entrance awards to first-year students.
90% employer satisfaction (Survey of employers who have hired 2015/16 graduates)