George Brown College

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George Brown College is woven into the economic, cultural and social fabric of Toronto and is one of Canada's largest colleges. It serves a broad and vibrant student body with a rich program mix of apprenticeship training, certificates, diplomas and degrees.

Since its founding in 1967, the college has helped thousands of people launch rewarding careers. Drawing from its close relationships with industry, George Brown creates and continually enhances relevant programs and curriculum to serve the needs of both students and employers by producing workplace-ready graduates with sought-after skills.

Areas of Expertise

The college has three main campuses in downtown Toronto: Casa Loma, St. James, and Waterfront. In addition to these campuses, George Brown provides many facilities for students to gain real work experience including The Chefs' House, Child Care Centres, the Simulation Centre, Wellness, Applied Research and Visionary (WAVE) clinics and the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. Recognizing how vital this experience is for students, 100% of George Brown's career-focused programs* include at least one experiential learning opportunity. Along with its commitment to delivering work experience, George Brown also focuses on developing students' people skills, or soft skills—teamwork, work ethic, initiative, communication and customer service.

Through industry connections, George Brown also nurtures strategic relationships with government agencies, community partners, and educational associations, both within Ontario and beyond. By remaining widely connected to the community in which the college operates, George Brown is better able to provide the programs that will enable our students to achieve their dreams of getting the careers they want.

*Excludes upgrading and preparatory programs. (Enrolment Planning and Reporting Department, George Brown College)

On Campus Housing

For students looking for a home away from home, George Brown offers their residence, The George. Located next to Toronto's Distillery District, The George is within walking distance to both St. James and Waterfront campuses (less than 40 minutes by public transit to Casa Loma).

Off Campus Housing

George Brown also offers its own Housing Services listings at St. James, Waterfront and Casa Loma campuses. Toronto has a wide variety of accommodations in many interesting neighbourhoods, including houses, apartments, townhouses, boarding situations and sublet and shared accommodations. For more information, contact the Housing Office at (416) 415-5000, ext. 2101.

Special Services

Accessible Learning Services is committed to providing education for students with disabilities and works as advocates for students across the college. All students with disabilities will work with an Intake Coordinator and Accessibility Consultants to help get required accommodations. Students may also work with Learning Strategists, adaptive technologies, Sign Language Interpreters, Computerized Notetakers, and Intervenors.

International Involvement

For international students who do not have a TOEFL score of 550, but still want to enrol in a full-time post-secondary program, George Brown has designed an ESL program which, upon successful completion of its final academic level, is deemed equivalent to a 550 score. Therefore, a conditional letter of acceptance into post-secondary programs can be issued for students enrolled in our ESL program.

George Brown is involved in the co-ordination of programs and opportunities for students and teachers from around the world, as well as for education and industry officials from every continent. Some activities include study tours, teaching exchanges, and training in areas such as Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Other programs are technology and computer training, technical upgrading and teaching methods, management studies, and hospitality and tourism training. Many contracts and projects are carried out in cooperation with international development agencies, ministries of education, tourism boards, state industries, or non-governmental organizations. George Brown has worked with clients from many countries including Afghanistan, Bermuda, Barbados, Belize, Bosnia-Herzegovina, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Libya, Malaysia, Montserrat, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Singapore, the South Pacific, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Campus Tour

Interested in seeing what George Brown College is like? You can join online campus tours or check out a virtual tour of the college.

For details, call (416) 415-5000 or 1-800-265-2002, ext. 2896.


George Brown College provides a number of services including health services, counselling, a Career Development Centre, employment centres, career assessment and testing, housing, special needs and services for the deaf and hard of hearing. Other services include the Indigenous Education and Services team, peer tutoring, student orientation events, student councils, course information, bookstores, library service, childcare, food services, Learning Resource Centre, Open Access Computer Learning Centres (OACLC), recreation and athletics facilities, a student-run newspaper and student clubs. George Brown has policies and/or committees in the areas of special needs, discrimination and harassment, the environment, employment equity and women's safety.

The Student Life Office co-ordinates programs and activities to enhance the quality of student life, to encourage and expand student involvement with the campus community, to aid students in their transition to college and to integrate students into the life of the college. The Student Life Office works with the Student Association and other student leaders to ensure that all students have opportunities to become involved in college life. Students and staff alike are encouraged to become involved in issues and programs that both educate and entertain, as well as foster understanding and co-operation among the college's diverse student body.

The Student Association provides services such as a student health plan, legal advisor, clubs, radio station, student newspaper, retail store and pub.

Modified on August 13, 2022

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