Career Colleges and Vocational Schools in Canada
About Career Colleges and Vocational Schools in Canada
With a few exceptions, the types of opportunities available for vocational education in Canada are very similar to those offered in the United States, its southerly neighbor. Some of these opportunities may become available in secondary school (high school), usually in the form of career-related classes and/or work-study programs, but the bulk of these are availed to students only upon successful completion of their secondary school studies.
Vocational Education in Canada
Like the primary and secondary education system, post-secondary vocational education in Canada is also the responsibility of the individual provinces, of which there are ten. Vocational education is available at both the public and private level, the latter of which comes in the form of private career colleges.
Private Vocational Education
Also called training institutions or vocational institutes, private career colleges are governed and overseen by laws enacted by the legislature in each individual province. One example of this is the Private Career Training Institutions Act in the province of British of Columbia, which was voted into law in 2003. This act essentially provides for an agency to oversee, regulate and accredit the career institutions located within the province, an agency appropriately named the Private Career Training Institutions Agency, or PCTIA. Agencies such as the PCTIA help to ensure that the instructional staff at private career colleges are qualified and the curriculum—the knowledge and skills that students will ultimately learn—matches the standard for that specific career field or industry. This helps to prevent for-profit institutions from becoming “degree mills,” at which students are graduating with a diploma or certificate without gaining the training or skills they were promised when shelling out their tuition.
Public Vocational Education (All Provinces but Quebec)
In all provinces but Quebec, publicly funded vocational training takes place at “colleges”—the equivalent to junior colleges in the United States. Tuition for these colleges is usually substantially less than it is at private career colleges, as most of the funding for these schools is derived from the provincial government, with some also added by the federal government and through research grants. As it is with junior colleges in the U.S., students enrolled in provincial junior colleges have several career options they can pursue, some leading to certification and others to associate degrees. Training is offered in fields such as automotive repair (body and engine), hospitality services, technical, construction, heating and air conditioning repair, cosmetology, medical and dental assisting, nursing, accounting, office administration, restaurant management and many more. Students earning certification in the career field they’ve chosen are then qualified to join the workforce in entry-level positions, while those earning an associate’s degree have their choice of seeking immediate employment or continuing their education at the university level.
Public Vocational School (Quebec)
Quebec has a slightly different structure for its public vocational education system. In this province, compulsory secondary education ends after grade 11, rather than grade 12 as in the other provinces. At this point students have a couple of different options for continuing their education. They can either enroll in a two-year program to prepare for university admission, or if they prefer, they can sign up for a three-year vocational program. The latter of these two options is designed to help prepare students in a number of specific career fields that are important to the Quebec economy, including the medical and dental fields, paralegal, construction, hospitality services and a number of different service industries.
List of Career Colleges and Vocational Schools in Canada
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Contact: Alaya International Training Centre - ATC
720-626 W. Pender St., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
ATC stands for Academy of Languages and Training Canada – a specialized school, offering high quality teaching at affordable prices. The institution has recently gained international reputation thanks to the excellent instruction and pleasant atmosphere it ensures for its students. It is... See full description.
Contact: CEGEP Rimouski
Contact: Conestoga College, Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
299 Doon Valley Drive, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Connestoga College is one of Canada’s top polytechnic universities, founded back in 1967 as a small community college. Its main campus is located in Kitchener (Doon), offering a wide pool of courses – ranging from short ones to full four-year degrees in Business, Engineering, Health & Life... See full description.
Contact: Creative Boost
279 Sherbrooke Ouest, #315, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Creative Boost is an art & design institute situated in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Creative Boost offers photography courses, pottery lessons, art courses and workshop. There is an internship opportunity for 3 months provided by the institute. Creative Boost also offers services to students to... See full description.
Contact: Kester Grant College-Canada (English Language Courses)
2412 Laurel St., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Kester Grant College-Canada is an educational institution based in Vancouver, Canada. Fully dedicated to assisting students in their social and cultural development, the school offers programs in UFP, TOEFL, ESL, TOEIC and IELTS. These are delivered through full-time and part-time classes,... See full description.
Contact: LaSalle College International Vancouver
200-889 West Pender Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
LaSalle College International Vancouver is an educational institution, located in Vancouver, Canada. It is part of LaSalle International, an organization that brings together 16 international establishments and a virtual E-learning campus. LSC Vancouver’s campus is situated in the city’s... See full description.
Contact: Multicultural Academy Canada
1500 Maisonneuve O. Suite 401, Montreal, Quebec
The Multicultural Academy Canada was founded in 2002 in Montréal – a truly international city, highly suitable for the learning of languages. The academy is specialized in the provision of language courses and computer training. It has been operating for almost ten years; every program has... See full description.
Contact: Silver Spur Trails Old West Language School
82 Procter Road, Lumby, BC, Canada
The unique ESL program is an ideal English learning program for outdoor enthusiasts and horse lovers. This is the opportunity to turn learning English into the ultimate adventure. Our unique ranch setting makes learning English fun and relaxing! ESL at the wilderness ranch is 15 hours of... See full description.
Contact: Tyark College
2155 Guy,#1230, Montreal, QC, Canada
Tyark College is a highly respected International Language School, Adult Education School, Computer School, and ETS/PearsonVue Testing Centre. It offers a wide variety of programs, such as English as a Second Language, French as a Second Language, information technology, business, etc. The... See full description.