Niagara College

Founded 1967 | Welland, ON

Niagara College is home to more than 130 diploma, degree and advanced-level programs, as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest part-time courses. Its unique programs include commercial cannabis production, culinary innovation and food technology, and commercial beekeeping. The college recently renamed its Niagara-on-the-Lake location the Daniel J. Patterson campus, in honour of its former president, who served from 1995 to 2020. The campus has ecological lagoons, landscaped gardens and a 16-hectare vineyard, and houses two firsts in Canada: a teaching distillery and a commercial winery and brewery built for teaching. It also includes the Marotta Family Innovation Complex, a hub for research in Niagara’s agri-food sector. The Rankin Technology Centre on the college’s Welland campus hosts innovative programs such as photonics engineering and renewable energies technology, as well as the Green Automotive Technology Lab. 

In April of 2022, the school received the Silver Excellence in Global Engagement Award from Colleges and Institutes Canada. Research Infosource Inc. has placed Niagara among the top 10 research colleges in Canada eight years in a row. 

Popular Programs

• Business

• Practical Nursing

• Palliative Care

• Motive Power Technician—Automotive

• Culinary Management

School Size



• Degree $7,712-$8,108

• Diploma $4,577-$14,343

• Certificate $4,577-$7,375

• Post-Grad $5,960-$11,060

Residence Offerings


Cool Options

• Renewable Energies Technician: Students learn to operate, maintain and develop renewable energy technologies through state-of-the-art labs and experienced faculty.

• Artisan Distilling: This one-of-a-kind program covers the science, technology and business of distilling and fermentation.

• Commercial Cannabis Production: Students learn the intricacies of cannabis cultivation and production, as well as the laws and security protocols governing the industry.