Northern College

Founded 1967 | Timmins, ON

In 2018, Northern College opened the 40,000-square-foot Integrated Emergency Services Complex, which houses pre-service firefighter, paramedic and police foundations programs. The facility features a mock courtroom, a mock apartment, a fingerprint room, a jail cell, scenario labs, a fire tower, a fitness training lab and a study lounge where students can meet with industry professionals. There’s also an advanced disaster management simulator, which replicates a centralized command centre and can simulate real-time incidents with variables such as bad weather and sudden building collapse. It is the first of its kind in Canada. 

Students and faculty at Northern conduct applied research in areas such as mining, firefighting and communications, technology, welding and social work. In 2020, the college opened its Innovation Hub, an experiential learning space where students create and test prototypes.

Northern has four campuses, in Timmins, Haileybury, Kirkland Lake and Moosonee. The college offers diploma, certificate, apprenticeship, academic upgrading and continuing education programs, as well as a collaborative nursing degree. Residences are available at the Timmins and Haileybury campuses; the former has single rooms with private bathrooms, while the latter has apartment-style two-bedroom units. Indigenous students have access to Elder guidance at all four campuses. 

Popular Programs

• Social Service Worker

• Business Fundamentals

• Computer Engineering Technician

• Collaborative Nursing

• Veterinary Technician

School Size



• Degree $7,000

• Diploma $3,000-$6,000

• Certificate $3,000-$6,000

• Post-Grad $4,000

Residence Offerings


Cool Options

• Fitness and Health Promotion: This new two-year diploma prepares students to become certified fitness professionals in both the public and private sectors with specialized groups, like children and the elderly, or with professional sports organizations.

• Veterinary Technician Wildlife Rehabilitation: The first of its kind in Canada, this three-year advanced diploma gives students a solid foundation of scientific understanding of wildlife rehabilitation and technical skills gained through field experience.

• Addiction and Mental Health Worker: This two-year program prepares students for a career as an in-demand counsellor, case manager or outreach worker with a combination of theory and practical study through fieldwork placements with social services employers.