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Algonquin College

The mission of Algonquin College is to transform hopes and dreams into lifelong success.

Algonquin College does this by offering hands-on, digitally connected, applied education and training to tens of thousands of people across the Ottawa Valley, through partner campuses around the world, and over the internet. Algonquin College is a public-sector polytechnic institution operating under the auspices of Ontario’s Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

More than 20,000 students attend Algonquin College’s Ottawa, Perth, and Pembroke, Ontario campuses, with tens of thousands more taking online programs. The College is the largest vocational training institution in Eastern Ontario, offering programs in everything from health, to business, media and design, trades and technology, heritage trades, public safety, community studies, hospitality and tourism, outdoor adventure, and more.

The College’s primary audiences are students graduating high school and pursuing postsecondary, and those transitioning from the working world to educational studies, further education, or a second career. The College additionally offers a number of programs for high school students that better equip them to succeed in a college environment.

Fast Facts

  • 300+ programs across four campuses (Ottawa, Pembroke, Perth and Online).
  • 190,000+ alumni working in Canada and around the world.
  • Ranked #1 in online enrolment among Canadian colleges.
  • One of the first Ontario colleges to earn accreditation from Cooperative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada.
  • The first Ontario college to sign the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship President’s Pledge, committing Algonquin College to embedding a culture of entrepreneurship into its communities.




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    Total number of students
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Contribute to our Community

Algonquin College students and faculty are passionate volunteers, participating annually in a variety of community and national causes. Examples include the Spread the Net Student Challenge, where Algonquin College students have, in the past three years, raised over $60,000 to fight malaria in Africa; the Event Management program’s twice annual charitable campaign in support of Children’s Wish Foundation National Capital Region (raising nearly $100,000 annually); the College’s employee-driven United Way campaign; holiday food drives and meal-preparation events, including Ottawa’s “Operation Big Turkey” meal prepared in the College’s kitchens; and a wide variety of parades and community events supported by our Police Foundations program; to name just a small handful of causes supported by students and employees. The full economic impact of the College on its local community – as determined by firm EMSI for fiscal year 2012-13 – was measured at $1.8 billion.

Foster Student Success

Elaine Kicknosway

Elaine graduated from the Early Childhood Education program from Algonquin College in 1989, and has built up a 25-year career of dedicated community service since then. She has shown consistent involvement and leadership of not-for-profit indigenous organizations, including the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network, the Minwashin Lodge Aboriginal Women’s Support Centre and the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa. Elaine has taken her incredible experience and learning as a member of the indigenous community and applied it to change the lives of others. As a survivor of the Sixties Scoop, which saw her removed from her family at the age of two-and-a-half, Elaine is an active member of discussions on the impacts of residential schools and child welfare. After overcoming her own addictions in youth, she is also a strong advocate of addiction and inter generational awareness and parenting programs. Learn more.

Jason Blaine

Country music recording sensation Jason Blaine is the very epitome of the classic “small-town-boy-makes-good” story. After successfully navigating the notoriously difficult trajectory that the music industry is known for, the Pembroke native now makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee, where he writes, produces and collaborates on his latest musical ventures, and rubs shoulders with the very best of the genre. Jason graduated from Algonquin’s Small Business program in 2002, a course of study that equipped him with the tools he needed to succeed in his business – from e-commerce, to marketing, strategy, accounting, and finance. Blaine is the 2014 Algonquin College Alumnus of the Year. Learn more.

Trent Correy

You may have seen Trent Correy’s work in a theatre or your own living room. As a graduate of Algonquin College’s Animation program, Trent’s career dreams have come true at Disney Animation, where he has worked on acclaimed movies like Zootopia, Moana, and Frozen. The Ottawa-born artist has worked in Los Angeles for five years where he brings animated characters to life, specializing in movement, body mechanics, talking, and singing. Trent credits Algonquin and its instructors – all veterans of Ottawa’s thriving animation industry – for much of his success. “Ottawa has a very rich animation history and some of the best studios in Canada are here,” he says. “There is direct feeding ground.” Learn more.

Partner with Business and Community


Algonquin College joined forces with the Information and Communications and Technology Council to support education-industry partnerships that enhance opportunities in the digital economy for learners. The two organizations are collaborating to secure industry partners and create pathways for students to receive quality workplace learning opportunities, particularly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as in business sectors. President Claude Brulé cited the partnership as an “innovative agreement (that) will allow us to provide our learners with valuable, relevant work experience for today’s digital economy – in everything from cybersecurity to big data to artificial intelligence.” Learn more.


Algonquin College is committed to reaching out to the wider community to form partnerships that serve the interests of its learners. This effort is exemplified by the recent partnership forged between the College and The Royal, a 284-bed, mental health-care and research facility in Ottawa, to provide students and employees with new mental-health resources. The partnership allows Algonquin students to take advantage of various evidence-based mental-health services from their homes using digital technology to participate in psychiatric clinics and join a mood disorder group offering psychological therapy for anxiety and depression. Learn more.

Support Indigenous Students

Algonquin College is signatory to the CICan Indigenous Education Protocol, recognizing the wide variety of Indigenous communities that are represented within Algonquin College’s student body. As a leader in embracing Indigenous learning, the College proactively pursues ways to fulfil the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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Date modified: 2021-07-07