Niagara College

Niagara College | Welland, Ont. | Founded 1967

Niagara College students picking berries

Students of the Brewery program at Niagara College harvest hop. (Luke Gillett/Niagara College)

The college’s Niagara-on-the-Lake campus has ecological lagoons, landscaped gardens and a 16-hectare vineyard. It’s nestled alongside the Niagara Escarpment—a UNESCO-designated World Biosphere Reserve. The campus houses Canada’s first commercial winery and brewery built for teaching, a cannabis production lab, and the Marotta Family Innovation Complex, a hub for research in Niagara’s agri-food sector.

The college is home to world-renowned wine, beer and culinary programs, with more than 130 diploma, degree and advanced-level programs, as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest part-time courses. Its unique programs include commercial cannabis production—Canada’s first post-secondary credential in the field—culinary innovation and food technology, and commercial beekeeping.

The Welland campus features many of Niagara College’s world-class health, justice, community, media and trades programs. The Rankin Technology Centre hosts innovative programs like photonics engineering and renewable energies technology, as well as the Green Automotive Technologies Lab, where students get hands-on experience with the automotive technology of the future.

In 2018, Niagara received the Gold Award of Excellence in Applied Research and Innovation from the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics.


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) $7,455 $4,170-$14,254 $4,170 $5,553-$10,535 Yes

Cool Options

  • Commercial Cannabis Production: Students work in an on-campus lab learning the science of cultivating cannabis, and how to navigate the regulatory framework governing the industry.
  • Artisan Distilling: Training is provided at an on-site teaching distillery. Students study scientific, technological and business aspects of distilling and fermentation.
  • Renewable Energies Technician: Graduates are able to operate, maintain and develop renewable energy technologies.

Popular Programs

  • Business
  • Culinary Management
  • Police Foundations
  • Protection, Security and Investigation—Customs Border Services
  • Hospitality—Hotel and Restaurant Operations

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