Maritime College of Forest Technology

Maritime Forest College students participate in salmon recovery. (Courtesy of Craig Norris/Maritime Forest College)

The Maritime College of Forest Technology (MCFT) specializes in natural resource education. It’s located at the Hugh John Flemming Forestry Centre in Fredericton, only three kilometres from the downtown core. Fredericton is a green city, lined with more than 85 km of multi-purpose trails that run through its waterfront, urban and residential areas. Two student residences, Bedard Hall and Torunski Hall, are attached to MCFT’s main building.

MCFT’s specialized programs include forest technology and advanced fish and wildlife technology. Students have access to three teaching forests: the 1,543-hectare University of New Brunswick woodlot, near the college; the 569-hectare Kingsclear woodlot; and the 8,996-hectare Acadia Research Forest.

All students participate in regular fieldwork and may visit diverse work sites, from local research labs to large industrial operations. MCFT has approximately 130 learners; the college’s small class sizes and tightly knit community are hallmarks of its educational experience.

For students who wish to continue their education at university, MCFT has articulation agreements with the University of New Brunswick (bachelor of science in forestry), the University of Prince Edward Island (bachelor of wildlife conservation) and, in Nova Scotia, Cape Breton University (bachelor of engineering technology and bachelor of technology programs).

Size of school Tuition (diploma) Residence offerings
Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students)  $6,850 Yes

Cool Options

  • Forest Technology: This two-year diploma program focuses on forestry dynamics and wildlife and natural resource management. Students train to use relevant tools and technology. The skill set has widespread applications within and beyond traditional forestry.
  • Advanced Fish and Wildlife Technology: Offered as an optional addition to the forest technology program, this program focuses on the management of wildlife species and the preservation of habitats. Students learn about the technology and techniques used by conservation professionals.

Popular Programs

  • Forest Technology
  • Advanced Fish and Wildlife Technology