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Maritime College of Forest Technology

The Maritime Forest Ranger School (MFRS), known today as the Maritime College of Forest Technology (MCFT), was established in Fredericton, NB in April 1946 as a cooperative effort by the wood-using industries and governments of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to re-train and integrate returning WWII veterans. For 57 years the MFRS graduated skilled, knowledgeable, and capable forest technologists for work in the Maritimes and across Canada. In 2003, MFRS was re-branded MCFT, and with the change in name came a revitalization of the College’s courses and curriculum. Today, the Maritime College of Forest Technology (MCFT) continues to be one of Canada’s premier post-secondary institutions that specialize in natural resource education. We devote 100% of our time to learning and working with students and faculty who are passionate about the outdoors and who want to make a difference in the natural resource sector. We instil within our graduates a land ethic that will guide them in their interactions with clients, employers, colleagues, and the environment in which they work.

Fast Facts

  • Accredited with the North American Wildlife Technology Association.
  • MCFT has men’s and women’s timber-sports teams that compete in the Canadian Intercollegiate Lumberjack Association league.
  • Established in 2017, the MCFT Utility Arborist program is the first of it’s kind in Atlantic Canada.
  • MCFT maintains articulation agreements with other universities in Atlantic Canada through which students can get their degree in as little as 2 additional years of study.
  • MCFT students have the opportunity to complete workplace certification courses during their time at school: Hunter’s education, firearms safety, ATV/snowmobile safety, Chainsaw safety and maintenance.





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MCFT routinely hosts activity sessions for children from pre-school to high-school free of charge. We operate a “Summer Forest Ranger Camp” for children aged 9 – 12 during the summer as well. During the summer months we help with provincial waterfowl banding projects, Canadian Forest Service (CFS) insect monitoring projects, and during the year we help with Fundy National Park moose population surveys.

Support Indigenous Students

MCFT designates seats for aboriginal students in our Forest Technology and Utility Arborist programs each entry period. We require band name and registration number for validation.

Date modified: 2018-06-20