La Cité

La Cité collégiale | Ottawa, Ont. | Founded 1989

More than 140 different career options are yours to discover at La Cité, Ontario’s largest francophone college of applied arts and technology. Offering a vast range of diploma, certificate and continuing education programs from biotechnology to digital arts, the school’s course catalogue addresses the demand for skilled, French-speaking workers throughout the province.

Reflecting La Cité’s focus on experiential learning, the main campus in Ottawa is dotted with pavilions that house more than 100 state-of-the-art labs and practical learning environments. Students in the emergency services programs take classes at the 911 Institute, a specialized training centre complete with simulated police and fire stations. Students of the culinary arts and hospitality programs get hands-on experience through the popular on-campus restaurant, Les Jardins de la Cité.

The faculties of business administration, media, technology, and health and community services are also located at the main campus. Fifteen minutes away, in the suburb of Orleans, the Alphonse-Desjardins campus is home to the Skilled Trades Institute, which serves students in construction trades and apprenticeship programs.

La Cité also has satellite campuses in Hawkesbury and Toronto, which offer distance learning programs in journalism, sales and business administration, and public relations, among other options.


Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Tuition (post-grad) Residence offerings
Mid-sized (2,000 full-time students to fewer than 10,000 full-time students) $7,083 $3,642-$4,599 $3,695-$14,516 $3,748-$7,690 Yes

Cool Options

  • Opticianry: In this new program, students learn from licensed opticians and optometrists, eventually dispensing glasses and contact lenses at an on-campus eye care centre that welcomes real patients.
  • Cheese Production: In conjunction with the Ontario Dairy Council, La Cité has launched a new one-year cheese production program to meet a projected shortage of professional cheesemakers.
  • Television Production: Using the latest high-definition technology, students learn all the technical skills needed for a career in broadcast media.

Popular Programs

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Police Foundations
  • Social Services Worker
  • Computer Systems Technician
  • Child and Youth Care