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Conestoga College

Conestoga College


Enroll in one of the leaders of polytechnic education in Ontario, Conestoga College!


Conestoga College, connecting life to learn build career success and stronger communities.

Conestoga College at a Glance

  • Campuses and training centers in the Waterloo Region, Canada's technology capital
  • A leader in polytechnic education
  • Serves 16,500 full-time students
  • 200+ career-focused programs
  • 55 Co-op programs
  • 94.6% employment rate of the region
  • 90+% employer satisfaction rating using provincial Key Performance Indicators

For International Students

  • For Filipinos, NO NEED for Secure English Language Test
  • 10 days Offer Letter provided all required credentials have been submitted

Waterloo Region of Ontario, where Conestoga College is located, is 90 minutes away from Niagara Falls and Toronto. The 10th largest city in Canada, Waterloo's average annual household income is higher than the national average.

Conestoga College itself is a leader in polytechnic education and is one of the province's fastest growing colleges. Established in 1967, Conestoga College helps build the skills and knowledge that Ontario's employers look for by creating career-focused education programs for both domestic and international students. The applied research activities of these education programs also help local businesses and community partners innovate, improve their products and processes, and become more competitive.

The project-based learning model of the college will provide you with the hands-on experience for success in your potential career.  As an international student, you'll be happy to know that Conestoga offers programs in the following fields:

  • Engineering
  • Information technology
  • Business and hospitality
  • Skilled trades
  • Health and life sciences
  • Community services
  • Media and design

Education is an investment in your future. Make that investment count by choosing Conestoga, and start on the path to an exciting career either in Canada or your home country!

Why Study in Conestoga College

Conestoga College supports eText! etexts gives you access, on your first day of class, to high quality digital resources at approximately forty percent (40%) off the price of printed texts. etext books are one hundred percent (100%) accessible online and offline with you permanently owning the eText material.

Conestoga College is committed to your student success and in addition to eText, offers a full range of support and career advising services.  If you intend to enroll in Conestoga College, you'll be pleased to know that the following services will be available to you:

  • Bookstore
  • Childcare Centres
  • Library Services
  • Residence Life and housing

Will you be able to settle in the Waterloo region after graduation? Most likely. After all, about 65 percent of Conestoga's graduates remain in the area after completing their program. This isn't surprising since the Waterloo region is considered to be Canada's Silicon Valley with a goodly number of start-ups fueling the economy.

If you're interested in continuing to university studies after graduating from Conestoga, you may do so since Conestoga has articulation agreements and bridging program allowing you to continue your studies in other colleges and universities around the world.


Doon Campus

This is the original and largest campus of Conestoga College, located in the south end of Kitchener. Doon Campus houses Conestoga College's main administrative offices.


Cambridge Campus

This campus is directly the Doon campus and houses Conestoga’s School of Engineering and Information Technology, some programs from the School of Trades and Apprenticeship, and the Institute of Food Processing Technology.


Guelph Campus

Located in the northwest end of the city, Guelph campus is a provincial leader in education and training for the motive power trades, including automotive, truck and coach, heavy equipment, recreational vehicles and motorcycles. It also provides business-oriented programs, including Business Foundations, General Business and Office Administration as well as academic upgrading and career-focused programs.


Waterloo Campus

Also known as the John W. Tibbits campus, the Waterloo Campus of Conestoga provides a range of diverse programs related to skilled trades, hospitality and culinary arts training, information and communications technology as well as academic upgrading, English Language Studies and career-focused programs. A full-service restaurant, operated by Conestoga’s hospitality and culinary students, is also located at the campus.


Brantford Campus

Conestoga Brantford offers diploma, certificate and graduate degree programming in business, community services, liberal studies and trades.


Cambridge Campus

Located in downtown Cambridge, the Cambridge Campus of Conestoga provides programs for academic upgrading, career-focused programs, Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada or LINC, as well as classes and continuing education opportunities.


Ingersoll Skills Training Centre

The Ingersoll Skills Training Centre offers training programs in the electrical utilities powerline field, other power-related programs as well as skilled trades programs that complement the industry. This is the only facility offering such training in Southwestern Ontario.


Stratford Campus

This campus is located on the site of the Stratford General Hospital, Conestoga’s Stratford location provides academic upgrading, career-focused programs and continuing education opportunities.  It also includes a Career Centre that provides job search assistance and career advising, job postings and education and training information to the public.

Faculties & Departments

The following are the Academic Departments of Conestoga College:

  • Business
  • Career & Academic Access
  • Community Services
  • Engineering & Information Technology
  • Health & Life Sciences
  • Hospitality & Culinary Arts
  • Language & Communications Studies
  • Liberal Studies
  • Media & Design
  • Trades & Apprenticeship

Academic Programs

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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