Collège Nordique Francophone

Collège Nordique Francophone | Yellowknife, N.W.T. | Founded 2011

Collège nordique francophone is the only post-secondary and continuing education institution north of the 60th parallel to offer professional training in French. Launched in 2009 by the Fédération franco-ténoise, an organization that supports French speakers in the Northwest Territories, the school became independent in 2011.

Its programs address the areas of employment that are in high demand in the region: business administration, tourism management, early childhood education and special education.

Through distance learning, students can complete diploma and certificate programs offered at other colleges and universities across Canada—without leaving the North. At its campus in downtown Yellowknife, students can use the school’s computers to participate in classroom discussions happening elsewhere or to complete off-line coursework. Tuition costs vary depending on the program and its school of origin.

The school offers courses in English and French and has specialized programs for public servants.

Priding itself on its northern character and mandate to promote the cultural and linguistic diversity of the region, Collège nordique francophone also offers language programming and educational workshops with a local flavour. They include a course in Tlicho, one of the 11 official languages of the Northwest Territories.


Size of school Residence offerings
Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students)  No

Cool Options

  • Caring for Patients in French: This professional development program suits French speakers who work in health care and want to improve their communication with francophone patients.
  • Tlicho: Tlicho-language students learn pronunciation and sentence structure through storytelling and pair up with Indigenous Elders for a unique cultural and intergenerational learning experience.
  • Aurora Borealis: Learn how to take stunning photos of the northern lights under the guidance of a local photographer.

Popular Programs

  • French as a Second Language
  • Tlicho
  • Spanish
  • Special Education Assistant
  • Early Childhood Education