Guide for New Canadians
We recognize the difficulties that many new Canadians face upon arrival to Canada. We want to help you make the right choices on your road to success!
Niagara College, we offer our students a world-class applied education that equips them the tools they need to succeed. We strive to create a culture that is innovative, entrepreneurial and student-focused.
We are proud of our consistent track record as a leader in student satisfaction among Ontario colleges, as well as the fact that our programs lead to jobs.
What's our secret? A learning experience like no other!
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Meet with our recruiters
Learn about how Niagara College can be your passport to success! Our friendly recruiters are on campus ready to sit down with you to give you information about Niagara College, plan your educational pathway to a Niagara College, and discuss Academic Upgrading, ESL programs and more.
Book your personalized information session today!
Are you a Permanent Resident or Canadian Citizen? Visit niagaracollege.ca/infosessions to book a personalized information session with an On-Campus Recruiter.
You don't need to be a high school graduate.
If you don’t have a high school diploma, you completed high school some time ago and need to refresh your skills, or you lack specific subjects needed to enter a college program, Academic Upgrading can help you achieve your post-secondary, apprenticeship, or career goals.
Academic Upgrading allows you to learn at a flexible pace and to choose the courses that are right for you. Pursue an individualized program in English, Mathematics, Science and/or Computers.
As part of our Academic Upgrading program students may also choose to earn the Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate, which is accepted as equivalent to Grade 12 by Ontario community colleges and for registration as an apprentice.Learn more about Academic Upgrading
We offer a wide range of free English language training programs designed to help new Canadians find the work and education that is right for them.
Landing a job can be particularly challenging for newcomers to Canada, but Niagara College’s Enhanced Language Training for Employment (ELTE) and Occupation-Specific Language Training (OSLT) programs help lead the way to new connections and opportunities. Contact a Newcomer Information Centre to take your Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment to be eligible for these programs. Each program has additional admission requirements that must be met.Learn more about language training
Get connected with local career information.
Career Coach provides local current data on wages, job postings, employment, associated education and training for opportunities right here in Niagara. It will help you find a good career and it will link you to programs that will help get you there available at Niagara College.
Already decided on a program? Career Coach will show you careers that it is most suited for.
Not sure where to begin? Take the Career Coach Aptitude Test. It will match you with career options based on your likes and dislikes.
Our Employment and Training Solutions office helps connect job seekers with employers and offers support services and resources for job seekers, as well as for co-op opportunities.
Students can also join our hub for entrepreneurial education, ncTakeOff to help you get your own business ideas off the ground!
Tuition & Financial Assistance
Deciding to attend Niagara College is a wise investment in your future! Information about tuition and fees can be found on our Fees and Finances website.
Dedicated to helping our students, Niagara College has $2.5 million in scholarships, bursaries, awards and on-campus jobs are available to our 9,000 full-time students – every year.
The beautiful Niagara Region has much to offer. It is a popular year-round destination for tourists from around the world and offers an enjoyable lifestyle for those who call it home. It has a thriving culinary scene with countless award-winning restaurants and internationally-recognized chefs. Fruit orchards and vineyards flourish in its unique microclimate and visitors flock to its wineries which are considered among the world’s finest.
Residents benefit from affordable housing prices and safe communities, as well as excellent hospitals and healthcare facilities.
Each calendar year is marked by numerous annual festivals within the region which not only celebrate food and wine, but arts, music and culture. From parks and conservation areas with hiking and cycling trails, to sports fields and championship calibre golf courses, it’s easy to maintain an active outdoor lifestyle in Niagara.
Shoppers can delight in the charm of its downtown boutiques or the hustle and bustle of its larger retail malls. Fresh and local offerings are plentiful with a variety of community farmer’s markets to choose from.
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