Algonquin College

The mission of Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology is to transform hopes and dreams into skills and knowledge, leading to lifelong career success. Algonquin College does this by providing hands-on practical education and training in hundreds of programs, spanning trades and technology, business, health, public safety, community studies, hospitality and tourism, media and design, and general arts and sciences. Algonquin College also offers a large number of online and part-time programs. The College is a leader in the use of digital technology in the classroom, and was one of the first institutions in Canada to incorporate the use of eTextbooks and ‘bring your own device’ practices in the classroom. Algonquin College has also been named one of Canada’s most productive research colleges. Algonquin College was established in 1967 and was named after the First Nations people who lived in the area. Algonquin was formed from the merger of the Eastern Ontario Institute of Technology, established 1957, and the Ontario Vocational Centre, established 1965. The College is the largest polytechnic in eastern Ontario, with campuses in Ottawa, Pembroke, and Perth, and has formed international partnerships spanning the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.

Fast Facts

  • One of Canada’s most productive research colleges – consistently recognized as one of Canada’s Top Research Colleges for the creation of applied research partnerships and projects.
  • A digital leader, with 15,000 students using eTextbooks (and growing!). Algonquin was one of the first Canadian institutions to implement a “Bring Your Own Device” program.
  • Recognized as one of the Top Social Media Colleges by Ottawa agency MediaMiser, with among the largest Twitter and Facebook followings.
  • Algonquin College’s regional campuses offer unique programming including heritage trades like Carpentry and Masonry, and Outdoor Adventure.
  • 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.

Our research specialization:

  • Construction
  • Health & Wellness
  • User Experience
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Photonics




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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

Loring Phinney

Mr. Loring Phinney is one to watch. Based in Vancouver, he’s nationally responsible for Bell’s corporate marketing portfolio, ranging from sponsorships and events to Bell’s market research team. He plays a central role in Bell’s Mental Health Initiative, leading the marketing efforts for Bell Let’s Talk Day. Most recently, Loring led Bell’s leveraging of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, rolling out a spectrum of marketing initiatives that changed customer behaviors, drove sales and relationships and showcased the unique role that Bell played in delivering ‘flawless games’ for Canada. Loring is an alum of Algonquin College’s Public Relations program and he describes Algonquin in one word as, “enabler”. Learn more.

Kristen Strader

Recent graduate Kristen Strader is already making waves in the dental hygiene industry, after winning the Ontario Dental Hygienists’ Association’s first ever student advocacy award. Throughout her time at Algonquin, Kristen has been a supporter for improving oral care for children, youth and seniors. She provided dental hygiene services for the Youth Services Bureau and advocated for youth to receive free oral care. In one initiative, Kristen worked independently to create a lesson plan for children, which she presented to first and second grade students. The lesson plan included information on what cavities are and how cavities can be prevented. Kristen also created a presentation about affordable dental care for low income families. 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.

Partner with Business and Community


ESCO2 is a multi-year initiative focusing on better energy performance at the College’s Ottawa campus. The 20-year Energy Savings Contract (ESCO) between Algonquin College and Siemens Canada means Algonquin College’s Ottawa campus will use less energy and produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions, cut its non-critical maintenance debt (also known as ‘deferred maintenance’) by up to one-half, and provide new research opportunities for Algonquin College students. The most visible benefit to this partnership is a natural gas co-generation plant on campus, creating 2 MW of energy for the College – this reduces the College’s utility bills, increases the College’s resilience in the event of an emergency, and provides a focal point for applied research on campus. Learn more.


The College is partnering with Ottawa 2017 to help the City prepare to welcome the world for Canada’s sesquicentennial. This partnership will seek to create opportunities for students at Algonquin College to participate in the planning, development and delivery of Ottawa 2017 programs that relate to their field of study. In addition to the partnership, Algonquin College and La Cité collegiale are working with Ottawa 2017 to develop a “SuperHost150” program, a unique training tool to help ready tourism industry staff, volunteers and residents to welcome visitors to Ottawa in 2017. 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. One of the ways the College supports Indigenous learners is through its Mamidosewin Centre. The goal of the centre is to empower and support indigenous students at Algonquin College into the next phase of their lives (mino-biimaadizwin — “the good way of life”) in a way that is respectful and reflective of Aboriginal cultures. “Mamidosewin” is Algonquin/Ojibwe for “Meeting place” or “Walking together.” The Centre strives to build a community that embodies this sentiment. Additionally, Algonquin College pays tribute to its name – derived from the peoples who first inhabited the Ottawa Valley – through Aboriginal Graduate Honoring ceremonies, through musical performances by First Nations groups, and at many other occasions throughout the year.

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Date modified: 2016-10-26