Northern College

Northern College | Timmins, Ont. | Founded 1967

Northern College Campus

In the fall of 2018, Northern College opened the 40,000-sq.-foot Integrated Emergency Services Complex, which houses pre-service firefighter, paramedic and police foundations programs. The facility features a mock courtroom, fingerprint room, jail cell, scenario labs, fire tower, fitness training lab and study lounge, where students can meet industry professionals. There’s also an advanced disaster management simulator (ADMS), which replicates a centralized command centre and can simulate real-time incidents with different variables, such as bad weather and sudden building collapse. It is the first of its kind in Canada. The college also uses virtual reality simulators in programs that range from construction and maintenance electrician to health care.

Northern has four campuses—in Timmins, Haileybury, Kirkland Lake and Moosonee. The college offers a range of diploma, certificate, apprenticeship, academic upgrading and continuing education programs, as well as a bachelor of science in nursing with Laurentian University. Student residences are available at the Timmins and Haileybury campuses. Indigenous students have access to Elder guidance at all four campuses.

Northern students and faculty conduct applied research in areas such as mining, firefighting and communications. This year, the college is set to open its Innovation Hub, an experiential learning space where students create and test prototypes.


Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Tuition (post-grad) Residence offerings
Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students)  $7,000 $3,000-$6,000 $3,000-$6,000 $4,000 Yes

Cool Options

  • Emergency Management, Terrorism, and Pandemic Response: This new certificate program prepares students for leadership roles when governments plan and develop their responses to emergencies.
  • Welding Engineering Technician–Inspection: Students learn the science and technology of welding. They develop the interpersonal skills needed to work with and supervise personnel in different fields.
  • Companion Animal Physical Rehabilitation: This program trains veterinary technicians to physically rehabilitate pets and raise the pets’ quality of life as they recover from health issues.

Popular Programs

  • Social Service Worker
  • Business Fundamentals
  • Computer Engineering Technician
  • Collaborative Nursing
  • Veterinary Technician

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