Northern College (Ontario)

Coordinates: 48°29′17″N 81°11′52″W / 48.48806°N 81.19778°W / 48.48806; -81.19778
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Northern College
MottoProud to be north. Proud to be Northern.
TypePublic College of Applied Arts and Technology
Budget$38.3 million/annual
PresidentDr. Audrey Penner[1]
Academic staff
Students2015 full time, 15,000 part-time and continuing education (2020: 755 FTEs)[2]
Location, ,
48°29′17″N 81°11′52″W / 48.48806°N 81.19778°W / 48.48806; -81.19778
CampusTimmins (Porcupine), Kirkland Lake, Moosonee, and Temiskaming Shores (Haileybury)
Coloursbrown, green, orange, blue        
AffiliationsCCAA, ACCC, AUCC
MascotNorth the Moose

Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology, commonly known as Northern College, is a college of applied arts and technology in Northern Ontario. The college's catchment area extends across 58,000 square miles or 150,200 square kilometres. More than 65 communities within Northeastern Ontario are served by four campuses located in Timmins, Kirkland Lake, Moosonee, and Temiskaming Shores (Haileybury). Annual enrolment is approximately 1,500 full-time students. Annual part-time and continuing education enrolment exceeds 11,000 students. Northern College is also home to the Haileybury School of Mines, which predates the college and was founded in 1912.


Northern College was established during the formation of Ontario's college system in 1967. Colleges of applied arts and technology were established on May 21, 1965. It is an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology. The school was founded in 1967 as part of a provincial initiative to create many such institutions to provide career-oriented diploma and certificate courses, as well as continuing education programs to Ontario communities.

The first campus was built in Kirkland Lake, followed by Porcupine (now part of the amalgamated city of Timmins), Haileybury (where the pre-existing Haileybury School of Mines joined as a campus; now part of the amalgamated city of Temiskaming Shores), and Moosonee, previously the James Bay Education Centre. The Northern College tartan was designed by Sylvia Martin.[3]


  • Timmins Campus
  • Kirkland Lake Campus
  • Haileybury Campus
  • Moosonee Campus

Timmins Campus[edit]

The Timmins Campus, which is the main campus of Northern College is located in Timmins, Ontario. [4] It was constructed in the 1960s on the coast of Porcupine Lake.


  • 16: Northern College Certificate
  • 16: Ontario College Certificate
  • 36: Ontario College Diploma
  • 10: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • 3: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
  • 10: Apprenticeship
  • 1: Collaborative Degree
  • 221: Articulation Agreements



  • Timmins Campus Residence
  • Haileybury Campus Residence


Northern College came to national attention in Canada in 2023 after retroactively revoking college admissions for international students, first for 500 students[5] and later the same year for another 200 students.[6] This caused severe financial hardship for many students who had already bought flights to Canada and would no longer be allowed to enter the country, with their visa tied to their college admission.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "President's Message". Northern College. Retrieved 2012-01-19.
  2. ^ "Ontario College FTEs". Ontario Colleges Library Service. Retrieved 11 July 2022.
  3. ^ Northern College tartan
  4. ^ "Timmins Campus". Northern College. Retrieved 2023-04-07.
  5. ^ Saloni Bhugra (2023-08-10). "Hundreds of international students scrambling after Ontario college revokes acceptance letters". CBC News. Retrieved 2023-11-01.
  6. ^ Saloni Bhugra (2023-10-31). "Ontario college revokes international student admissions again — leaving hundreds scrambling". CBC News. Retrieved 2023-11-01.