Collège Boréal

Collège Boréal | Sudbury, Ont. | Founded 1995

(Courtesy of Gerry Kingsley/Collège Boréal)

One of only two publicly funded francophone colleges in Ontario, Collège Boréal offers apprenticeship, certificate and diploma programs to suit a wide range of interests and ambitions, and to meet the demand for bilingual skilled workers in the province’s northern region. Courses are delivered in French and are offered on campuses in Sudbury, Hearst, Kapuskasing, Nipissing, Timmins, Toronto and Windsor, as well as at smaller learning centres throughout Ontario.

Known for its environmental and natural resources programs in manufacturing, agriculture, forestry, mining, and fish and wildlife, Boréal also offers programs in trades and applied technology, health sciences, business administration and community services. The college’s early childhood education and social services programs—including programs in social work, practical nursing and special education—continue to be the most popular, according to the latest enrolment numbers.

Certain programs come with “la Garantie Boréal,” which promises eligible students a second training program, tuition-free, if they don’t find work within one year of graduating from their first field of study.

Boréal also offers academic upgrading, continuing education and university transfer programs. Daycare and after-school care are available at the Sudbury campus, which also has a 138-room student residence.


Size of school Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Tuition (post-graduate) Residence offerings
Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students)  $3,884-$5,099 $3,491-$7,477 $3,686-$6,856 Yes

Cool options

  • Early Childhood Education: This program prepares students to become early childhood educators and work with students in a variety of learning settings. Graduates can register with the College of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario.
  • Agricultural Technology: Students are trained in agriculture and farm business management. The program focuses on different farm management methods and the latest industry trends.
  • Plumbing Technician: Students learn how to install, modify and repair heating and plumbing systems while gaining experience in producing quotes and engaging with clients.

Popular Programs

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Social Services Worker
  • Business Administration
  • Special Education
  • Practical Nursing

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