Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology

Founded 1967 | Thunder Bay, ON

The main campus of Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology in Thunder Bay is on Lake Superior. Averaging 2,121 hours of sunshine per year, the area offers the benefits of both urban and active lifestyles: students enjoy the convenience of city living with easy access to nature. The college has a main campus in Thunder Bay, seven regional campuses throughout northwestern Ontario and a distance education division for online programs.

The school offers more than 70 diploma, certificate, apprenticeship and educational upgrading programs. It has two residences with dorms and apartment-style options. The college has focused support services for its large Indigenous student population.

Opened in 2018, the 45,000-square-foot Technology, Education and Collaboration Hub contributes to the development of a skilled technology and trades workforce in northwestern Ontario. The hub hosts research, incubation and technology transfer services. Confederation’s strategic plan emphasizes applied research and partnerships that support student success, Indigenous learning, sustainability and community well-being.

Popular Programs

• Aviation Flight Management

• Practical Nursing

• Computer Programming

• Early Childhood Education

• Social Services Worker

School Size



• Diploma: $3,619-$9,154

• Certificate: $3,619-$4,702

• Post-Grad: $4,252-$11,969

Residence Offerings


Cool Options

• Aviation Flight Management: Students fly within the first week of this diploma program and train using the school’s three flight simulators and 13 aircraft.

• Film Production: Students direct and shoot their own films, gaining experience writing, mixing, editing and colour grading.

• Onajigawin Indigenous Studies: This program takes a decolonized approach, and graduates are eligible to become registered social workers with the Ontario College of Social Work.