Durham College

Durham College | Oshawa, Ont. | Founded 1967

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Durham has more than 140 full-time post-secondary programs in culinary management, farming and horticulture, business, IT, science, construction and trades, renewable energy, technology, health care, engineering, emergency services, justice, media, art and design. The college promotes continuous learning and fosters connections with business, industry, government, technology firms and the surrounding community, and offers a graduate certificate program to help address Canada’s shortage of skilled AI professionals. The college recently opened an esports gaming arena, and last year added a studio for motion capture, virtual reality and augmented reality. Students develop their skills and meet with industry partners.

Durham operates campuses in Oshawa and Whitby, and shares its Oshawa campus with Ontario Tech University; students have more than 60 opportunities to transfer to the university. The college has three student residences, including one that opened two years ago. (A fourth residence is reserved for Ontario Tech students.) At the Oshawa campus, a new women’s softball facility will host the school’s award-winning team with seating for 400 people. The Whitby campus features the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, which focuses on the field-to-fork concept. The centre’s full-service restaurant is supported by its farm fields, greenhouses, apple orchard and pollinator garden, and provides applied learning opportunities for students in the culinary, hospitality, food science, agricultural and horticulture programs. The campus is also working on a 60,000-sq.-foot expansion, set to open in September, which will include a shop lab, training labs and a fitness centre.


Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Tuition (post-grad) Residence offerings
Large (10,000 full-time students or more) $7,445-$9,880 $4,102-$10,348 $3,620-$9,163 $1,779-$17,464 Yes

Cool Options

  • Law Clerk Advanced: Students cover the foundations of different areas of law, including corporate, family and real estate law, and explore specialized areas such as immigration and intellectual property law.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Study machine and deep learning, and the responsibilities that come with developing AI solutions.
  • Health Care Technology Management: Study medical technology, life sciences and business. Students prepare to advise others about health-care technologies.

Popular Programs

  • Practical Nursing
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Techniques
  • Automotive Technician—Service and Management (Motive Power Technician)
  • Social Service Worker