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, mock apartment, 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 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 collaborative degree in nursing . 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. Last year, the college opened its Innovation Hub, an experiential learning space where students create and test prototypes.


Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Residence offerings
Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students)  $6,818 $3,162-$6,198 $3,202-$12,224 Yes

Cool Options

  • Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technician: Gain the skills to measure and control quantities such as temperature, pressure and flow using different equipment.
  • Computer Engineering Technician: Explore the use of computers in business analysis, networking and system security. Prepare for work maintaining software for industries, vehicles, homes and more.
  • Pre-Service Firefighter: Get hands-on experience in a live burn training facility, along with lab and field placements with regional fire services.

Popular Programs

  • Wildlife Rehabilitation Technology
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Nursing
  • Paramedic
  • Social Service Worker

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