Confederation College is more than just another post-secondary institution; we’re a culturally diverse, close-knit community of individuals, delivering exceptional education and training to an average of 7,000 combined full and part-time students per year. With highly trained instructors, smaller class sizes and a dynamic learning environment, we offer practical, hands-on programs and courses that provide the skills, knowledge, and confidence your employees need to succeed.
Confederation College is a comprehensive public sector community college established in 1967, delivering over 60 programs in 11 areas including credentials in post-secondary, postgraduate, apprenticeship, engineering technology, and skilled trades. The College also offers several corporate and customized business and industry training programs and services, including upgrading & life skills, pre-technology, and pre- employment. An Applied Research and Innovation department is available to support industry needs in this space including technical problem solving, prototyping, and manufacturing.
Confederation College is proud to be among the leaders of colleges in Ontario with a Graduate Employment Rate of 91.1% (Key Performance Indicator Report, Colleges Ontario, 2023)
We operate eight campuses – a main campus in Thunder Bay, and regional campuses in Fort Frances, Dryden, Kenora, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, Geraldton, and Marathon to meet educational needs of students in a catchment area of 550,000 square kilometers. Over 100,000 people in northwestern Ontario have graduated, received training or continuing education from one or more of Confederation College’s programs. This represents one out of every two people in the region, or virtually every household.
Confederation College is Northwestern Ontario’s Largest Trades Training Organization. Trades related training is provided through a variety of options: post- secondary, apprenticeship, customized contract-based training, and dual credit high school delivery. The College also offers academic and life skills upgrading services to capture individuals without a high school diploma that might otherwise be “lost” to the labour force. All this activity directly supports development of HQP in 11 skilled trades in which the College has approved Training Delivery Agency (TDA) Status.
Confederation College has a history of custom support for the mining industry in northern Ontario, working with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in preparing local workforces and developing diversified and sustainable training strategies. Mining-related programs range from semi-skilled to skilled operators, including Mining Essentials, Mining Techniques, Diamond Drilling, Welding, Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, Environmental, Construction, Heavy Equipment, Plumbing, Water, Truck Driver, Camp Services and Security. The College has recently managed well over $100 million in training and development projects, worked with many Indigenous communities and established important government, business, and industry networks in northwestern Ontario, and across Canada.