College (Credentials)

Note: This chart offers some common pathways to the goal, but is not exhaustive. Other pathways may be possible.

College Programs

Colleges offer programs for career-specific areas that give students the knowledge required by blending the practical and the academic. There are co-op, internship and work placement opportunities for many programs. The following types of programs can be accessed at colleges: Eligibility /Admission Requirements: Some colleges administer a college language assessment before accepting students into full-time programs.

Mature Students:
Mature Students are individuals who are over 19 by the first day of college and do not have a high school diploma or GED, and are often required to write admission assessments to determine if they have the basic academic skills and aptitude to be successful in the program the wish to pursue. The admission department will assess the current academic strengths of mature student applicants and may recommend direct entry into a program or academic upgrading or other means of fulfilling academic and additional requirements.

Application Process:
Applicants for full-time college programs must apply online at Applications received and paid for before February 1st will be given equal consideration by the colleges for programs beginning in September. Applicants for January intake programs are advised to apply well in advance (by August for competitive programs).To know if a specific program and term is still “open” for application, check All applicants are responsible for ensuring that all transcripts and supporting documents are received by Depending on the program to which you apply, a Credential Assessment Report may be required. Contact the college(s) to which you applied, to confirm if both the high school and post-secondary evaluations are required. Applicants whose credentials were earned outside Canada may need a credential assessment report. Confirm with the program if both high school and postsecondary credential evaluations are needed. (Credential Assessment Reports can be obtained from WES or ICAS.

Application fee: $95

Colleges in Toronto and York Region:

The above colleges have several campus locations. Please check online for the various campuses and program/course offerings.

Distance Education / Online Learning through

OntarioLearn is a partnership of 24 Ontario community colleges that have pooled their resources to increase online college learning options. The course inventory allows individuals to search and find a course that they need, and makes it possible to register with any partner college offering that course.

Online learning is a form of instructor-led independent study for those who require an alternative to attending on-campus classes on a regular basis. This flexibility allows learners to complete a course or program at a time and place of their choosing. Learning is facilitated by an instructor who is available to answer questions, encourage discussion on course topics, and provide feedback.

Every term, partner colleges select courses from an inventory of more than 1,100 distinct courses that will complement their existing distance education offerings. While one college may have designed and developed a course (the host college), any other college may offer that course (the registering college).

Registration Process for OntarioLearn courses:
  1. Access the OntarioLearn website at
  2. Have a look at the OntarioLearn course inventory to see what courses are available for the upcoming term.
  3. Register with your OntarioLearn college before the course start date.

Those wishing to register for online courses must have access to a computer with email and Internet capabilities. Check the OntarioLearn website for further details on technical considerations.