Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Founded 1967 | Kitchener, ON

The Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning is a fixture in the Kitchener area. Close to half of all adults in the Waterloo region have participated in training and education at Conestoga. In 2020 and 2021, 85 per cent of its graduates got jobs within six months of graduating; 93 per cent of employers expressed satisfaction with their new employees. At its network of campuses in southwestern Ontario, including in Brantford, Guelph and Ingersoll, Conestoga offers a full range of degree, diploma, certificate, post-graduate, apprenticeship, upgrading and preparatory programs, along with micro-credentials. Co-op terms are offered in 70 programs.

Residences are walking distance from the Kitchener and Cambridge campuses. Conestoga also offers child care that’s open to the community, and doubles as experience for early childhood education students.

Primary research areas at Conestoga include improving the quality of life and care of Canada’s seniors, advanced re-cycling technologies for electronic waste, smart manufacturing, food-processing technology, supply chain management and improving the safety and performance of Canada’s labour force. Conestoga features a 58,000-square-foot woodworking training facility. A 2018 revamp of the Waterloo campus added 150,000 square feet of learning space, which houses programming in culinary and hospitality management, applied computer science and information technology, and specialized programs for newcomers to Canada.

Popular Programs

• Bachelor of Business Administration—Accounting, Audit and Information Technology

• Bachelor of Computer Science

• Bachelor of Engineering—Mechanical Systems Engineering

• Bachelor of Environmental Public Health

• Electrical Technician—Industrial

School Size



• Degree $6,976-$8,046

• Diploma $3,453-$12,466

• Certificate $3,453-$10,877

• Post-Grad $3,453-$8,985

Residence Offerings


Cool Options

• Bachelor of Applied Technology—Architecture—Project and Facility Management: This interdisciplinary program gives students the knowledge of architecture, engineering, project management, facility management and business to develop better buildings and environments throughout the building life cycle.

• Woodworking Technology: Students learn to operate machinery, complete project work and draft cost estimates.

• Professional Cheese Making: Students learn the ins and outs of artisanal cheese production and large-scale manufacturing.