Douglas College, Canada

If location is the only reason for choosing a post-secondary institution in British Columbia, then Douglas College would be the first choice … always.

Douglas College, Canada

Overview

New Westminster, home to Douglas College

New Westminster was established as the first capital of the Colony of British Columbia in 1858 until 1866 and is geographifcally at the center of the province's Lower Mainland.  It's about 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Vancouver International Airport and the border of the United States.

You'll certainly have no problems visiting relatives all over Greater Vancouver as five SkyTrain rapid transit stations provide convenient access to work and amenities.  Plus, New Westminster continues to be a transportation hub with port facilities along the Fraser River, rail access and connections to all major highways.

And through the years, New Westminster has remained vibrant and progressive, actively encouraging business growth and supporting growth in the sectors of health, education, retail and service, tourism, logistics, and light manufacturing.

Being part of the Vancouver Metro area, New Westminster is the base of Kruger, Pacific Bolt Manufacturing, and Cannon Manufacturing among others. These manufacturing companies employ machinists, project managers, technicians, and other industry professionals.

With an expanding technology sector in the New Westminster, engineers and other tech experts find opportunities to work on cutting-edge innovations like sensors, clean energy, and fiber-optic technology.  Sales and customer service representatives are also in demand at professional services firms.

Prospects remain bright at New Westminster as the economy and total employment are expected to grow steadily in the coming years.   In fact, unemployment rate in New Westminster is expected to fall to 4 per cent by 2020, below the British Columbia and Canadian averages.

And leading the pack in providing quality education in career programs in health care, human services, business and creative arts is Douglas College.

A short introduction

The motto of this publicly-funded postsecondary institution is "Do what you love. Be good at it."  Douglas college actively encourages its students on a journey of self-discovery, offering student support systems and a variety of degree, career and university transfer programs.

Douglas College's New Westminster campus, while located in the heart of Metro Vancouver, is situated in a community with a character all of its own.  Visit trendy restaurants, cafes, gelato shops, microbreweries, and its own riverfront waterside community.  If this still isn't enough, you can travel 20 minutes by SkyTrain and be in downtown Vancouver.

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Why Study in Douglas College

Study in Vancouver at Douglas College

In addition to being accessible from various points in the Metro Vancouver area, Douglas College offers more for international students if you consider the following:

  • Affordable fees

Save thousands on your investment.  The tuition fees of Douglas College are the most affordable in Metro Vancouver. And instead of enrolling in a university immediately, you can take your first and second years in the college then transfer to a university for your third year.

  • Access to a wide variety of career opportunities.

Vancouver has already been labelled "the new tech hub" of Canada as tech giants have established offices in the city: Microsoft, Samsung, Amazon and Cisco to name a few.  Being centrally located in New Westminster affords you opportunities to travel to and from possible training sites whether to fulfill the internship requirements of your program or for research.

  • Douglas College is a publicly-funded institution.

As of this writing, you may be eligible to apply to remain for one year under the federal government's Post-Graduation Work Permit Program.  Working in Canada before returning to your home country, will afford you valuable insight about working with other nationals with the latest technological advances.

  • You might qualify for a scholarship

Dedicated entrance scholarships are offered to top incoming international students.  And, if you continue demonstrating academic excellence beyond your first term, you may even be eligible for additional funding.

  • There is a clear pathway for further university studies

Join thousands of international students who have successfully transferred to nearly all of Canada's universities after graduating with a two-year associate degree or diploma from Douglas College.  Take advantage of two years of university quality teaching but with smaller class sizes with professors dedicated to teaching: all at lower tuition fees than a university.

  • Be exposed to various cultures.

If one of your reasons for studying overseas is to be study and train alongside other nationals and be exposed to various cultures, then Douglas College will certainly fulfill your wishes.  Welcoming 2,000 international students from 85 countries in 2016, Douglas College has an extremely diverse student body.

  • Programs are practical and applied for a better ROI on your investment.

Boost your skills through a post-degree diploma or career programs designed for you to attain specialized knowledge so you in turn, can move your career faster or go in a new direction.   Douglas College degrees are applied, so you will have opportunities to take what you’ve learned and actually do it – even before you graduate.

  • Enjoy the experience of smaller class sizes.

Major universities can have up to 800 freshmen attending per lecture class.  In Douglas College, the same courses are taught in a class of up to 35 students, resulting in a greater chance for you to develop meaningful connections with the instructor and your classmates.

  • Having problems with IELTS or TOEFL?  You may be allowed direct entry to Douglas College through an ESL pathway

If you are having difficulty with a Secure English Language Test such as IELTS, or TOEFL, you may be allowed to enroll in the English Language Learning and Acquisition (ELLA) program of the college.  There will be no need to take an entry exam or provide English language test results if this is what you choose.

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Faculties & Departments

As an international student on a time limit, you'll be happy to learn that Douglas College combines the academic foundation standards of a university with the employer-ready skills of a college.  This translates to excellent and relevant credentials to help you get ahead in the job market.

Douglas College program offerings are overseen and delivered by faculty members belonging to 6 departments:

  • Community Studies
  • Commerce and Business Administration
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Language, Literature and Performing Arts
  • Science and Technology

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Academic Programs

 

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 1,813.44 1,696.26 933.53 945.42
Apartment, 1BR outside of City Centre 1,357.95 1,318.36 835.78 929.91
Basic utilities e.g. electricity, heating, water, garbage for an 85 sq.m. apartment 76.20 126.00 148.63 194.85
Internet, 60Mbps or more, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL 65.60 62.18 67.71 57.40
Transportation, Monthly Pass Regular Price 93.00 146.00 88.55 84.50
Gasoline, 1 liter 1.33 1.11 0.98 0.99
Regular Milk, 1 liter 2.39 2.06 1.58 1.62
White Rice, 1 kg. 4.29 3.34 4.07 4.18
Loaf of Fresh White Bread, 500g 3.19 2.63 2.02 2.74
Eggs, 1 dozen 3.70 2.71 3.42 3.37
Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless 14.86 13.10 11.77 13.02
Beef round, 1kg, 14.65 14.84 11.05 14.23
Potato, 1 kg. 2.15 2.02 2.91 2.56
Tomato, 1 kg. 3.49 3.15 3.72 2.80
Banana, 1kg. 1.66 1.65 2.04 1.83
Water, 1.5 liter bottle 2.54 2.17 2.05 2.42
Domestic Beer, .5 liter bottle 3.85 2.42 2.63 3.23
Meal, inexpensive restaurant 15.00 15.00 15.00 16.50
McMeal at McDonalds (or equivalent Combo Meal) 9.00 9.75 9.40 8.62
Cappuccino, regular 4.14 3.97 3.29 4.06
Cinema, International Release 13.50 14.00 12.50 12.50
Pair of Levi jeans or similar 72.82 65.77 52.33 65.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store e.g. Zara, H&M 47.21 43.51 49.06 41.00
Toyota Corolla 1.61 97kW Comfort or equivalent new car 18,620.83 21,800.46 23.875.17 22,670.33

 * All expenses are quoted in CAD as of Nov 2, 2017.  Source of data is http://www.numbeo.com/ 

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Wages & 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-17 13.60
British Columbia 15-Sep-17 11.35
Manitoba 1-Oct-17 11.15
New Brunswick 1-Apr-17 11.00
New Foundland and Labrador 1-Oct-17 11.00
Northwest Territories 1-Jun-15 12.50
Nova Scotia 1-Apr-17 10.85
Nunavut 1-Apr-16 13.00
Ontario* 1-Oct-17 11.60
Prince Edward Island 1-Apr-17 11.25
Quebec 1-May-17 11.25
Saskatchewan** 1-Oct-17 10.96
Yukon*** 1-Apr-17 11.32

 

* On October 1 of year year, this rate increases based on changes to the Consumer Price Index

** On October 1 of each year, this rate increases based on the average of the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index and the percentage change in average hourly wage for Saskatchewan during the previous year. Minimum wage increases are subject to Cabinet approval.

*** 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 November 2, 2017

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-17 542.00/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-17 2,582.00/month For domestic employees residing primarily in the employer's home.
British Columbia 15-Sep-17 - 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 $0.380 per pound and $0.180 per pound for brussels sprouts. The rates are based on gross volume or weight. The rate is $0.1452 for a bunch of daffodils.
British Columbia 15-Sep-17 10.10/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 15-Sep-17 90.80/day For live-in camp leaders.
British Columbia 15-Sep-17 113.50/day For live-in home support workers.
British Columbia 15-Sep-17 2,319.65/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 $681.00 plus $27.29 per suite.
Manitoba 1-Oct-16 12.50/hour For licensed security guards.
Manitoba 1-Jan-17 - For employees in the industrial, commercial or institutional (ICI) sector of the construction industry. Rates are based on occupational classification. For instance, the hourly rate for a boilermaker journeyperson is $33.40 and $36.30 for a bricklayer journeyperson.
Manitoba 1-May-17 - For employees in the heavy construction industry. Rates are based on occupational classification (e.g. the rate for a mobile crane operator is $25.25 per hour).
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-17 484.00/week For employees whose hours of work are unverifiable and who are not strictly remunerated by commission.
Nova Scotia 1-Apr-17 10.35/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-17 10.85/hour For employees employed in construction, property maintenance work and related activities.
Nova Scotia 1-Apr-17 10.85/hour For employees in a logging or forest operation (A monthly rate is set at $2,127.95 for employees who have no fixed work week or whose hours are unverifiable.)
Ontario 1-Oct-17 10.10/hour For employees who serve liquor in licensed establishments.
Ontario 1-Oct-17 10.90/hour Students under 18 employed up to 28 hours in a week, or during a school holiday
Ontario 1-Oct-17 12.80/hour For homeworkers. Rate based on 110% the general minimum wage rate.
Ontario 1-Oct-17 58.00/day For hunting and fishing guides working less than 5 hours in a day.
Ontario 1-Oct-17 116.00/day For hunting and fishing guides working 5 hours or more in a day.
Quebec 1-May-17 - 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 ($0.89/kg of strawberries, $3.33/kg of raspberries).
Quebec 1-May-17 9.45/hour For employees who usually receive gratuities.
Yukon 1-Apr-17 - For employees engaged in government construction work. Rates are based on occupational classification. For example, the hourly rate for a general labourer is $23.72.

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 November 2, 2017.

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