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 two firsts in Canada: a commercial winery and brewery built for teaching, and a teaching distillery. It also includes 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 more than 150 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 such as photonics engineering and renewable energies technology, as well as the Green Automotive Technology Lab.

In 2018, Niagara received the Gold Award of Excellence in Applied Research and Innovation from the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics. In 2019, it was ranked the No. 1 research college in Canada by Research Infosource Inc. 


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) $7,169-$7,319 $4,034-$14,133 $4,034-$6,331 $5,417-$10,514 Yes

Cool Options

  • Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management: The program includes specialized teaching in brewing technology, brewery operations, quality control and sales management.
  • Educational Assistant—Special Needs Support: Students learn to work in education and community settings with people who have special needs.
  • Renewable Energies Technician: Learn to install, operate, fix and develop renewable energy technologies.

Popular Programs

  • Business
  • Hospitality—Hotel and Restaurant Operations
  • Police Foundations
  • Culinary Management
  • Motive Power Technician—Automotive

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