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Niagara College

Niagara College


Quality Post-Secondary Programs offered by a Publicly Funded Institution in Ontario.


Founded in 1967, Niagara College has expanded into other parts of the Niagara region, Niagara College has grown to become a leader in applied education and training, consistently ranking among Ontario’s top colleges for student satisfaction according to annual Key Performance Indicator surveys for the province.

At Niagara College, more than 9,000 full-time students study in OVER 100 certificate, diploma, apprenticeship, and Bachelor’s Degree programs. Niagara College also welcomes more than 15,000 Continuing Education registrants each year, who study in a variety of academic and trade programs.

And you can't go wrong when you enroll at Niagara College. As a Centre for Academic Excellence, NC supports innovative and proactive approaches to designing structured curriculum, providing faculty members with teaching resources to ensure the academic success of all its students.

English Proficiency

If you have earned the equivalent of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma outside of Canada, you will be required to take the Mature Student Test for English, unless the entire program of study was undertaken in English, and English was the native and first language of the country (ex. students from the United States).

If English is your second language, you must prove (for admission to standard, non-competitive programs) that you have sufficient English ability before starting any regular College program.  This means you would have to sit for either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the IELTS.  If you cannot however, provide proof of English language proficiency, you may take the English Placement Test at Niagara College for placement in the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program.

Why Study in Niagara College

Whether you are a fresh secondary school graduate or someone who is looking for postgraduate opportunities, consider enrolling in Niagara College.

  • You get a Universal Bus Pass is as long as you are an enrolled student of Niagara College
  • Numbers are important!
    • 89% of employers were very satisfied with the Niagara College  graduates that they hired
    • Niagara College students have consistently given the college top marks in student satisfaction among Ontario Colleges
    • 87.8% of Niagara College graduates GAIN EMPLOYMENT within 6 months of graduation
  • Niagara College is a publicly funded college and receives about CAD5.9 Million in capital budget to enhance student life and services.
  • As an international student, you may qualify to apply for a Post Graduate Work Permit depending on the program you enroll in.
  • So many options.  You get to choose from among 100+ certificate, diploma, apprenticeship and Bachelor's Degree programs and 600+ credit, vocational and general interest courses.
  • Life is interesting at Niagara College with intramural and varsity sports, clubs, student centres, volunteer opportunities and more.
  • Hands on learning opportunities to take you learning to a new level.
  • There are three specialized campuses where you may enroll in.
  • A variety of applied opportunities await you with 50+ co-op, field placements, internships, learning enterprises, apprenticeships. And for the truly altruistic, you may want to working in non-profit organizations through the college's student-driven Many Hands Project.
  • Get exposure to sustainability initiatives that you can share with your community back home. Niagara College manages to channel 68% of overall wastes from its campuses from landfills using recycling and other initiatives.
  • Niagara College has an International Student Advisor (ISA) who specializes in understanding of Canadian immigration rules and regulations that apply to international students. The ISA offers free assistance with extending or applying for study permits, applying for work permits (for eligible students), applying for a re-entry visa and applying for visitor visas for other countries (like the United States).

Orientation Week

Orientation Week is the ultimate opportunity to provide you with a warm welcome, and to ease you into College life. It’s part of the greater Student Experience program which will continue to support you throughout your first year at Niagara College.

  • You’ll be welcomed to Niagara College on the first day of Orientation by your friendly Orientation Leaders and Niagara College staff. There are no classes on Orientation Day.
  • You’ll be asked to attend a Program Information Session. The session will allow you to meet your faculty and fellow peers, as well as learn about your program outline.
  • A Student Services Fair is set up to introduce you to the services available to you throughout your Niagara College experience.
  • Blackboard (the Niagara College online student portal) workshops will take place to help you log in and get situated.
  • During the week there will be numerous events including: concerts, sporting events, community gatherings, and fairs.

Niagara College continue to hold numerous events, like information sessions, workshops, guest speakers and holiday activities throughout the year to ease the process of transitioning into College life.


At Niagara College, you can choose between homestay, on-campus residence and off-campus housing.

Homestay: Home Away from Home

The international housing coordinator carefully selects each family to match your needs, ensuring you will have a comfortable and enjoyable stay. The monthly fee includes three meals a day, your own fully furnished private room and study area, and access to the entire house.  You may however, want to purchase food, drinks or sacks that the family does not regularly use.

Basic internet is also available in homestays and included in the cost per month. It is recommended that you talk to your homestay family about your computer needs after you arrive though.  If you need internet during days when you will be in the college though, you will be happy to know that there are computer labs available for your use for many hours each day. These are free of charge.

Homestay is a fantastic way to be introduced to Canadian culture and the Niagara community. Wonderful local families provide support and assistance while students adapt to the lifestyle and demands of Canadian student life. Homestay families are as diverse as the international students who attend Niagara College, but what our homestay families all have in common is a desire to contribute to the lives of others.

A quick note: everyone in the family will have some household duties.  You should volunteer to help with making meals, cleaning up afterwards or doing other household chores. The homestay parents will be pleased if you help with chores, along with the other family members. In fact, you will also find that both males and females are expected to share the workload of the household.

Living with a Canadian family will be a very rewarding experience that you will never forget. Once you have your confirmation of who your homestay family is, you will be able to contact them and begin to develop a lifelong friendship. You will have many questions to ask and having these questions answered will help you to adjust more quickly to your life as a student at Niagara College.

On-Campus Residence.

Residence offers everything you need to make your College experience an enjoyable and safe time. Enjoy the convenience of being steps away from the College and having everything you need at your finger tips. Take part in the weekly events Residence offers and get to know your fellow residents.

Here are few of the many advantages you will experience:

  • Your suite comes fully furnished and features High Speed Internet Access, Satellite television. Free local calls and voicemail (bring your own phone).
  • The Residence features laundry facilities, common kitchen, BBQ with picnic tables, a movie lounge, games room, and a front desk which is staffed 24 hours a day.
  • You pay only for the 8 month academic year and avoid a 12-month lease.
  • Enjoy being just steps away from the College; you can sleep in late and still make it to class on time!
  • You don’t have to worry about roommates who don’t pay their bills.
  • Enjoy the convenience of using our study lounge for group or individual study.
  • Enjoy the convenience of living in the Niagara Region and being only minutes away from all the Niagara attractions and the United States border.
  • Take part in weekly events hosted by your RA team or get involved in our many clubs and volunteer committees!
  • Enjoy the comfort that the Residence offers with secure buildings featuring swipe card access and 24 hours video monitoring. 
  • Residence boarders have access to a common room, kitchen, movie lounge, games room, and BBQ with picnic area.

Typical residences has a bedroom, kitchenette and bathroom:

  • Each bedroom has a: double bed; desk & work area with chair & lamp; satellite television; internet access; free local calls & voicemail but you have to bring your own phone; dresser, closet space with rack.
  • Each Kitchenette has a: microwave; full-size refrigerator; kitchen table and chairs; preparation area complete with sink and storage area.
  • Each Bathroom has a: stand-up shower; toilet; and sink.

Off-Campus Residence.

Many students choose to stay in off-campus housing, often with roommates to share the rent.  There are also many rental opportunities off-campus, including room rental, apartment rental, and even off-campus residences.

Niagara College has a Off-Campus Living Program that offers year-round housing information to students, landlords, and residents in the Niagara Region.  The program also provides resources regarding a variety or off-campus living topics, such as finding accommodations, landlord/tenant issues, neighborhood relations and much more.


A Word on Campus Safety and Community Standards.

Niagara College campuses are located in the Niagara Region, 130km south of Toronto, nestled within friendly residential areas, with safe streets and a safety-conscious community.

Niagara College, is committed to providing a safe and secure campus for students, employees and visitors. The Campus Safety and Parking Services team, as well as many other college departments, work together to ensure proactive safety and security measures on and around our campuses. Together, we boldly foster operational excellence in campus safety and disaster resilience.

You will find the Niagara College Security Control Centre is located at the Welland Campus. Our 24/7 facility is home to Campus Safety’s command and control functions, security camera monitoring, radio dispatch and on-site emergency communications and coordination for all college campuses. Campus security works to prevent crime and provides highly visible contracted security guards at all campus locations. Students and employees are encouraged to report any crime or suspicious activities or incidents to the Security Control Centre at (905) 735-2211 ext. 6999.

Contract Security Guards work in partnership with college departments and first response agencies in maintaining a safe and secure campus. Guards respond by observing and reporting violations, lend support in conducting campus investigations, conduct routine patrols, and respond to calls for assistance and intrusion alarms.

The service areas of campuses include Security Control Centre Operations, Campus Investigations and Threat Assessments, Security Guard Operations, Parking Services, Smoking Enforcement, Emergency Management and Business Resilience Program, Special Event Management, Lost Items, Crime Prevention and Safety Programs: Crime Stoppers, Campus Watch Student Patrol, Security Bicycle Patrol, Medical Response Team (MeRT) and Work Alone Program.

Niagara College believes that everyone deserves to live and work in a comfortable environment, and they hold high expectations for the manner in which hte community members live and interact with one another.  Each student becomes a member of the community, and is entitled to expect certain rights to be recognized by the  community.  In the same way, the NC community is entitled to expect responsible behavior from the individual student.

All individuals on campus are encouraged to resolve their differences and disputes in a nonviolent and rational manner.

NC is committed to having a campus that is free of illegal or abusive use of drugs or alochol and take a strong stand against personal violence, harassment and discrimination.

Welland Campus

With state of the art technology facilities and a community focus, the Welland Campus was recently the recipient of a Niagara Design Award, with its recent multi million dollar green sustainability additions and expansions.

If sustainability projects are an interest of yours, you'll be pleased to find that the Welland Campus has a wind turbine, solar panels, a geothermal heat pump, an edible orchard, walking trails and naturalized berms, wildflower meadows and wetland habitats, nestled within a friendly residential community.

The Welland Campus is located in the heart of a residential area near shopping centres and a variety of food outlets. The Seaway Mall and Niagara Street (shopping and food) are within walking distance of the campus. Transit connections via Welland Transit are available from the college, or from bus stops close-by.

Niagara Falls, one of the wonders of the natural world, is only 25 minutes away by car. The beautiful Niagara Parkway, Niagara River, and Ontario Wine Country are within driving distance as well. Beautiful sand beaches and summertime fun are at your fingertips – visit the north shore of Lake Erie, one of Ontario’s Great Lakes. Known as Ontario’s “South Coast”, the shore area offers swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, festivals and more, and is only a brief car ride away.

Discover southern Ontario’s natural history by visiting Fort Erie or Fort George, or visit beautiful downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake, or travel to Toronto, Ontario’s capital, for some big city fun!

About the Welland Campus

  • The campus is part of Carolinian floristic zone 6b, which includes many plants of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence.
  • The underpinnings of wooded communities exist on campus and provide opportunity to expand and restore Regional plant communities and species diversity.
  • We are moving towards increased sustainability, and we want to extend that strategy to our campus landscapes.
  • In 2007 two Nationally and Provincially rare plants were discovered at the Welland Campus, the Flowering Dogwood and the Pin Oak.
  • Much of our stormwater is now handled and treated naturally on site.
  • The diversity of plants occurring naturally and planted on campus provide research opportunities.
  • We have an opportunity to expand bio-diversity and to re‐establish plant communities which existed prior to urbanization.
  • We have suitable habitat for threatened or endangered species to survive.
  • We want to encourage scientific research, habitat restoration, ecology, wildlife and plant community dynamics.
  • We want to treat the campus as a model for other Institutions as a legacy for students, faculty and the public as a living, natural space in the City of Welland.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus is located at the base of the Niagara Escarpment – a UNESCO-designed World Biosphere Reserve – featuring ecological lagoons, wetlands, landscaped gardens, and a 40 acre on-campus vineyard.

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus is located at Glendale Avenue and the Queen Elizabeth Way, the major transportation corridor between Toronto and the US. The campus is enveloped in an ecological band of wetlands, vineyards and community gardens, becoming a living laboratory for the college’s thriving environment and horticulture programs.

The Outlet Collection at Niagara sits immediately across the street, and features over 100 well-known retail brands, as well as plenty of food options including Aroma Espresso Bar, Big Smoke Burger, Starbucks, Freshly Squeezed, McDonalds, S’barro, Subway and more!

Niagara Falls, one of the wonders of the natural world, is only 25 minutes away by car. The beautiful Niagara Parkway, Niagara River, and Ontario Wine Country are within driving distance as well. Beautiful sand beaches and summertime fun are at your fingertips – visit the north shore of Lake Erie, one of Ontario’s Great Lakes. Known as Ontario’s “South Coast”, the shore area offers swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, festivals and more, and is only a brief car ride away.

Discover southern Ontario’s natural history by visiting Fort Erie or Fort George, or visit beautiful downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake, or travel to Toronto, Ontario’s capital, for some big city fun!

Unique, state-of-the-art learning facilities allow our students to work hands-on in the industries that they are training for, and provide their products and services to the public. Sales and proceeds go towards student learning. These are the:

  • Greenhouse and Nursery
  • Benchmark Restaurant
  • Brewery and Retail Store
  • Winery and Vineyard
  • Niagara Waters Spa

Niagara Falls Campus

The Niagara Falls Campus is only steps away from the world famous Niagara Falls – walk in the mist of the Falls on your way to class, or take in the sights of a bustling tourist district and the miles of manicured walking paths and gardens of the beautiful Niagara Parkway.  This campus features a learning hairstyling salon whose students have won numerous Skills Canada-Ontario medals.

The Niagara Falls Campus is located in the heart of Niagara Falls, nestled within a quiet residential neighbourhood, and only short walk away from the bustling Niagara Falls tourist district. Take a stroll down the street for a birds-eye view of the beautiful Niagara Parkway, and the roaring Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

Multiple shopping, food and grocery options are a brief walk or car ride away. Bus transit by Niagara Falls Transit is available close by, with connections throughout the Niagara Region via Niagara Region Transit.

The beautiful Niagara Parkway, Niagara River, and Ontario Wine Country are within driving distance as well. Beautiful sand beaches and summertime fun are at your fingertips – visit the north shore of Lake Erie, one of Ontario’s Great Lakes. Known as Ontario’s “South Coast”, the shore area offers swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, festivals and more, and is only a brief car ride away.

Discover southern Ontario’s natural history by visiting Fort Erie or Fort George, or visit beautiful downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake, or travel to Toronto, Ontario’s capital, for some big city fun!


Faculties & Departments

Niagara College offers so many options for international students from vocational and general interest courses to Bachelor's Degree program.  These programs are grouped by "schools" and these are:

  • Academic, Liberal and Access Studies
  • Allied Health
  • Business and Management
  • Canadian Food and Wine Institute
  • Community Services
  • Continuing Education
  • English Language Studies
  • Environmental and Horticultural
  • Hospitality, Tourism and Sport
  • Justice and Fitness
  • Media
  • Nursing and Support Worker
  • Technology
  • Trades

Academic Programs

Mass Communications and Journalism

Wages and Salaries in Canada

Wages and Salaries in Canada

The federal jurisdiction includes labour market sectors coming under federal authority by virtue of the Constitution, such as international and interprovincial transportation, telecommunication and banking.  In most jurisdictions, these rates also apply to young workers although there is a special minimum wage rate for inexperienced employees. 

Current Minimum Hourly Wage Rates For Experienced Adult Workers in Canada (Canadian Dollar)

Jurisdiction Effective Date Hourly Wage Rate
Alberta 1-Oct-18 15.00
British Columbia 1-Jun-19 13.85
Manitoba 1-Oct-18 11.35
New Brunswick 1-Apr-18 11.25
New Foundland and Labrador 1-Apr-18 11.15
Northwest Territories 1-Apr-18 13.46
Nova Scotia 1-Apr-18 11.00
Nunavut 1-Apr-16 13.00
Ontario 1-Jan-18 14.00
Prince Edward Island 1-Apr-19 12.25
Quebec 1-May-19 12.10
Saskatchewan 1-Oct-18 11.06
Yukon* 1-Apr-18 11.51

* On April 1 of each year, this rate increases by an amount corresponding to the annual increase for the preceding year in the Consumer Price Index for the city of Whitehorse.

Source: Minimum Wage Database. Current And Forthcoming Minimum Hourly Wage Rates For Adult Workers in Canada. http://srv116.services.gc.ca/dimt-wid/sm-mw/rpt1.aspx Last Visited January 26, 2019

Current And Forthcoming Minimum Hourly Wage Rates For Young Workers and Specific Occupations (in CAD)

Unless specified otherwise, minimum wage rates for young workers are the same as for adult workers.

Jurisdiction Effective Date Wage Rate Note
Federal 18-Dec-1996   Workers under 17 years of age receive the same rate as the general adult rate in the province or territory where they work.
Alberta 1-Oct-18 598.00/week For commercial salespersons; automobile, truck or bus salespersons; mobile or residential home salespersons; farm machinery salespersons; construction equipment salespersons and commission salespersons who solicit orders for later delivery.
Alberta 1-Oct-18 2,848.00/month For domestic employees residing primarily in the employer's home.
British Columbia 01-Jan-19 - Crop harvesters employed on a piece rate basis and who hand harvest selected fruits, vegetables, berry crops, or daffodils. For instance, the rate for strawberries is $0.424 per pound and $0.201 per pound for brussels sprouts. The rates are based on gross volume or weight. The rate is $0.169 for a bunch of daffodils.
British Columbia 01-Jun-19 12.70/hour For liquor servers (employees whose primary duties are as a server of food or drink or both and who, as a regular part of their employment, serve liquor directly to customers in licensed premises.)
British Columbia 01-Jun-19 110.87/day For live-in camp leaders.
British Columbia 01-Jun-19 2,832.11/month For resident caretakers of a building of 61 or more residential suites. For an apartment building containing 9 to 60 residential suites the rate is $831.45 plus $33.32 per suite.
Manitoba 1-Oct-16 12.50/hour For licensed security guards.
New Brunswick 1-Jun-08 - Different minimum wage rates are set for employees engaged in government construction work (buildings, roads and bridges). Rates are based on occupational classification. For example, labourers are entitled to $12.63 per hour.
New Brunswick 1-Apr-12 440.00/week For counsellor and program staff who are employed at a residential summer camp by an employer that has notified the Director of employment standards in writing that it is a charitable organization or a not-for-profit organization.
New Brunswick 1-Apr-18 495.00/week For employees whose hours of work are unverifiable and who are not strictly remunerated by commission.
Nova Scotia 1-Apr-18 10.50/hour For inexperienced employees, i.e., a person who has not been employed for more than three months by any employer to do the work for which he/she is presently employed.
Nova Scotia 1-Apr-18 11.00/hour For employees employed in construction, property maintenance work and related activities.
Nova Scotia 1-Apr-19 11.05/hour For inexperienced employees, i.e., a person who has not been employed for more than three months by any employer to do the work for which he/she is presently employed.
Ontario 1-Jan-19 12.20/hour For employees who serve liquor in licensed establishments.
Ontario 1-Jan-19 13.15/hour Students under 18 employed up to 28 hours in a week, or during a school holiday
Ontario 1-Jan-19 15.40/hour For homeworkers. Rate based on 110% the general minimum wage rate.
Ontario 1-Jan-19 70.00/day For hunting and fishing guides working less than 5 hours in a day.
Ontario 1-Jan-19 140.00/day For hunting and fishing guides working 5 hours or more in a day.
Quebec 1-May-18 - For employees assigned mainly to non-mechanized operations relating to the picking of rasperberries or strawberries. The rates are established on the basis of yield ($0.95/kg of strawberries, $3.56/kg of raspberries).
Quebec 1-May-18 9.80/hour For employees who usually receive gratuities.
Yukon 1-Apr-18 - For employees engaged in government construction work. Rates are based on occupational classification. For example, the hourly rate for a general labourer is $24.12.

Source: Minimum Wage Database. Current And Forthcoming Minimum Hourly Wage Rates For Young Workers and Specific Occupations. http://srv116.services.gc.ca/dimt-wid/sm-mw/rpt3.aspx, Last Visited January 26, 2019.

Cost of Living in Canada

The following table shows a comparison of average living expenses (quoted in Canadian Dollar currency) across four Canadian cities to give you a glimpse on how much you would need to live in Canada.   

Expense * Vancouver Toronto Winnipeg Regina
Apartment, 1BR in City Centre 1,912.77 2,027.16 966.78 1,096.20
Apartment, 1BR outside of City Centre 1,482.95 1,585.50 889.86 960.59
Basic utilities e.g. electricity, heating, water, garbage for an 85 sq.m. apartment 78.47 164.34 156.87 206.42
Internet, 60Mbps or more, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL 76.07 67.91 74.25 67.55
Transportation, Monthly Pass Regular Price 95.00 146.24 100.10 92.00
Gasoline, 1 liter 1.54 1.29 1.16 1.15
Regular Milk, 1 liter 2.28 2.78 1.71 1.97
White Rice, 1 kg. 3.95 4.33 3.40 3.29
Loaf of Fresh White Bread, 500g 2.89 3.22 2.29 2.64
Eggs, 1 dozen 3.85 3.62 3.29 3.53
Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless 15.63 17.75 11.25 14.43
Beef round, 1kg, 15.02 22.13 10.17 15.26
Potato, 1 kg. 2.31 3.37 2.18 3.38
Tomato, 1 kg. 4.28 4.29 3.52 3.92
Banana, 1kg. 1.73 2.11 1.83 1.79
Water, 1.5 liter bottle 2.33 2.84 2.17 2.29
Domestic Beer, .5 liter bottle 2.69 2.87 2.02 3.04
Meal, inexpensive restaurant 15.00 20.00 15.00 15.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or equivalent Combo Meal) 10.00 11.00 9.60 9.50
Cappuccino, regular 4.32 4.35 3.89 4.42
Cinema, International Release 15.00 15.00 12.00 13.50
Pair of Levi jeans or similar 72.01 68.78 65.37 60.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store e.g. Zara, H&M 42.96 48.36 38.95 49.11
Toyota Corolla 1.61 97kW Comfort or equivalent new car 23,518.92 23,968.14 23,847.19 24,754.38

 * All expenses are quoted in CAD as of Jan. 26, 2019.  Source of data is http://www.numbeo.com/ 

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