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. George Brown also has 10 training facilities from which it offers more than 142 full-time programs and 1,650 continuing education courses.

George Brown’s delivery of these programs stresses flexibility and opportunities for continuing education, with options available for multiple pathways to educational and career success.

George Brown provides students with hands-on and real-world learning opportunities to develop technical skills. It also focuses on developing students’ people skills, or soft skills—team work, work ethic, initiative, communication and customer service. In addition to its 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.

Off Campus Housing

Construction is nearly complete on George Brown College’s first student residence, which will open in 2016 after playing its part in the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. Developed in collaboration with Infrastructure Ontario and Waterfront Toronto, the residence will anchor a vibrant new community in the Canary District.

George Brown also offers its own Housing Services listings at St. James, Waterfront and Casa Loma campuses. The college’s housing office lists between 1,000 and 2,000 available accommodations. Toronto has a wide variety of accommodations in many interesting neighbourhoods, including houses, apartments, townhouses, boarding situations and sublet and shared accommodations. The listing is updated daily. For more information, contact the Housing Office at (416) 415-5000, ext. 2101.

Special Services

George Brown is committed to providing equal access to education for students with disabilities. The Disability Services Office serves over 1,000 clients a year. Staff are trained to provide assistance and arrange accommodations that may be required because of a physical, emotional, or learning disability.

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

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 an Aboriginal programs unit, 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 27, 2020

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