Confederation College

Last updated

Coordinates: 48°24′10.07″N89°15′59.98″W / 48.4027972°N 89.2666611°W / 48.4027972; -89.2666611


Confederation College
Confederation college logo.jpg
Endowment $4.7 million
President Kathleen Lynch
Students3,400 full-time, 4,205 part-time
P.O. Box 398, 1450 Nakina Drive
, , ,
Campus Urban
Sports teamsConfederation Thunderhawks
Colors Red and Blue   
Affiliations ACCC, CCAA, CSA, CBIE, CUP, Negahneewin College

Confederation College is a provincially funded college of applied arts and technology in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. It was established in 1967, and has campuses in Dryden, Fort Frances, Greenstone, Kenora, Marathon, Sioux Lookout, Red Lake and Wawa. The college serves an area of approximately 550,000 square kilometres. It is the only public college servicing Northwestern Ontario.

Confederation's regional economic impact and contribution is valued at $634.4. million annually. [1]


Confederation College was founded as a trade school in 1967, during the formation of Ontario's college system. [2]

Air Vice Marshal (ret.) Douglas Bradshaw was the first president of Confederation College from March 6, 1967 to 1974. His vision of an aviation program in the north was implemented in the College's Aviation Centre of Excellence. He died on 1 October 1996. In his memory, the Douglas Bradshaw Athletic Achievement Award is presented to a graduating student, having the most improvement in and contribution to athletics and whose quality of spirit and competitive drive contributed to the overall success of the college athletic program. [3]


The college offers a full range of programs and education services throughout the region, which includes over 60 full-time post-secondary programs, as well as part-time credit and non-credit courses, specialty programs for business and industry, pre-employment and skills training programs, apprenticeship programs and cooperative/workplace training programs.

Each year, Confederation College has approximately 3,400 full-time post-secondary students, 370 apprentices, 550 adult training students and 4,205 part-time post-secondary students, and many thousand students accessing continuing education courses. The student body includes a large population of Indigenous students and a growing population of international students.

Thunder Bay campus

Confederation College in Thunder Bay Confederation College Thunder Bay.JPG
Confederation College in Thunder Bay

The Thunder Bay campus is Confederation College's main campus and is home to four campus buildings (Shuniah, Dorion, Neebing, and McIntyre), with apartment-style student residences in Spruce and Cedar Houses, and traditional dorm-style student residences in Sibley Hall. The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is on campus. At the Thunder Bay International Airport is the college's School of Aviation in a facility known as the Aviation Centre of Excellence. The Thunder Bay campus is also home to the Confederation College Student Union office.

Dryden campus

Confederation College's Dryden campus is located in Dryden, Ontario in the Dryden Regional Training & Cultural Centre. It offers programs in Business, Community Services, Engineering Technology, Health, Hospitality, Natural Resources and Skilled Trades, as well as preparatory programs. [4]

Greenstone campus (Longlac)

Confederation College's Greenstone Campus is in Longlac, Ontario. It offers programs in Business, Community Services, Engineering Technology, Health and Hospitality, as well as preparatory programs. [5]

Lake of the Woods campus (Kenora)

Confederation College's Lake of the Woods Campus is in Kenora, Ontario. It offers programs in Business, Community Services, Engineering Technology, Health, Hospitality, Natural Resources and Skilled Trades, as well as preparatory programs. [6]

Northshore campus (Marathon)

Confederation College's Northshore campus is in Marathon, Ontario. It offers programs in Business, Community Services, Engineering Technology, Health, Hospitality and Natural Resources, as well as preparatory programs. [7]

Rainy River District campus (Fort Frances)

Confederation College's Rainy River District campus is in Fort Frances, Ontario in Fort Frances' multi-use facility, which also houses Fort Frances High School and the Townshend Theatre.

It offers programs in Business, Community Services, Engineering Technology, Health, Hospitality, Natural Resources and Skilled Trades, as well as preparatory programs. [8]

Red Lake campus

Confederation College's Red Lake campus is in Red Lake, Ontario in the Red Lake District High School. It offers programs in Business, Community Services, Engineering Technology, Health and Hospitality, as well as preparatory programs. [9]

Sioux Lookout campus

Confederation College's Sioux Lookout campus is in Sioux Lookout, Ontario. It offers programs in Business, Community Services, Engineering Technology, Health and Hospitality, as well as preparatory programs. [10]

Wawa campus

Confederation College's Wawa campus is in Wawa, Ontario in the Regional Training & Technology Centre. It offers programs in Business, Community Services, Engineering Technology, Health and Hospitality, as well as preparatory programs. [11]


Confederation College offers financial scholarships, bursaries, and awards to students to assist with their education costs. These are given out based on financial need, academic achievement or extra-curricular/community involvement. On average, student awards exceed $400,000 each year. [12]

Notable faculty

See also

Related Research Articles

Dryden, Ontario City in Ontario, Canada

Dryden, originally known as New Prospect, is the second-largest city in the Kenora District of Northwestern Ontario, Canada, located on Wabigoon Lake. It is the least populous community in Ontario incorporated as a city. The City of Dryden had a population of 7,749 and its population centre had a population of 5,586 in 2016.

Northern Ontario Primary Region in Ontario, Canada

Northern Ontario is a primary geographic and quasi-administrative region of the Canadian province of Ontario, the other primary region being Southern Ontario. Most of the core geographic region is located on part of the Superior Geological Province of the Canadian Shield, a vast rocky plateau located mainly north of Lake Huron, the French River, Lake Nipissing, and the Mattawa River. The statistical region extends south of the Mattawa River to include all of the District of Nipissing. The southern section of this district lies on part of the Grenville Geological Province of the Shield which occupies the transitional area between Northern and Southern Ontario. The extended federal and provincial quasi-administrative regions of Northern Ontario have their own boundaries even further south in the transitional area that vary according to their respective government policies and requirements. Ontario government departments and agencies such as the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation define Northern Ontario as all areas north of, and including, the districts of Parry Sound and Nipissing for political purposes, whilst the federal government, but not the provincial, also includes the district of Muskoka.

Lakehead University University in Thunder Bay, and Orillia, Ontario, Canada

Lakehead University is a public research university with campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ontario, Canada. Lakehead University, shortened to 'Lakehead U', or 'LU', is non-denominational and provincially supported. It has undergraduate programs, graduate programs, the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, the only internationally accredited (AACSB) business school in northern Ontario, and is home to the western campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

Canadore College is a college of applied arts and technology located in North Bay, Ontario, Canada. It was founded in 1967 as a campus of Sudbury's Cambrian College, and became an independent institution in 1972. Canadore College has three campuses in North Bay, Ontario, and one campus in Parry Sound, Ontario. Canadore has a full-time enrolment of 3,500 students.

George Brown College College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

George Brown College is a public, fully accredited college of applied arts and technology with three campuses in downtown Toronto. Like many other colleges in Ontario, GBC was chartered in 1966 by the government of Ontario and opened the next year.

Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology is a diploma- and degree-granting college in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is the oldest publicly funded college in Ontario. Its campuses are situated on the east side of the city, particularly in Scarborough, with an aerospace centre at Downsview Park in North York.

St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology is a college in the Southwestern Ontario counties of Essex and Chatham-Kent.

Northwestern Ontario Secondary region in Ontario, Canada

Northwestern Ontario is a secondary region of Northern Ontario in the Canadian province of Ontario which lies north and west of Lake Superior and west of Hudson Bay and James Bay. It includes most of subarctic Ontario. Its western boundary is the Canadian province of Manitoba, which disputed Ontario's claim to the western part of the region. Ontario's right to Northwestern Ontario was determined by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in 1884 and confirmed by the Canada Act, 1889, of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. In 1912, the Parliament of Canada by the Ontario Boundaries Extension Act gave jurisdiction over the District of Patricia to Ontario, thereby extending the northern boundary of the province to Hudson Bay.

Northern Ontario School of Medicine

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is a medical school in the Canadian province of Ontario, created through a partnership between Laurentian University in Sudbury and Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. Mandated both to educate doctors and to contribute to care in Northern Ontario's urban, rural and remote communities, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine has campuses in both Sudbury and Thunder Bay.

Sioux Lookout Municipality in Ontario, Canada

Sioux Lookout is a town in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. Located approximately 350 km (220 mi) northwest of Thunder Bay, it has a population of 5,272 people, an elevation of 390 m (1,280 ft), and its boundaries cover an area of 536 km2 (207 sq mi), of which 157 km2 (61 sq mi) is lake and wetlands. Known locally as the "Hub of the North", it is serviced by the Sioux Lookout Airport, Highway 72, and the Sioux Lookout railway station. According to a 2011 study commissioned by the municipality, health care and social services ranked as the largest sources of employment, followed by the retail trade, public administration, transportation and warehousing, manufacturing, accommodation and food services, and education.

Niagara College College in Ontario, Canada

The Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology is a public College of Applied Arts and Technology within the Niagara Region and the city of Toronto in Southern Ontario, Canada.

CJBN-TV, VHF analogue channel 13, was a Global-affiliated television station licensed to Kenora, Ontario, Canada. The station was owned by Shaw Communications under its cable systems unit, and was not part of the Shaw Media unit which was sold to Corus Entertainment in 2016. CJBN's studios were based alongside Shaw's local offices on 10th and Front Streets in Keewatin, and its transmitter was located near Norman Dam Road in Kenora. The station was carried on Shaw Cable channel 12, Bell Satellite TV channel 224 and Shaw Direct channel 320.

Area code 807 is a telephone area code in the Canadian province of Ontario. Encompassing the region of Northwestern Ontario, area code 807 was created in early 1962, when the region split from area code 705. The main reason for the split was not the exhaustion of 705 but routing efficiency for calls from Western Canada to northwestern Ontario. Such routing efficiency can now be achieved using the highly-computerized digital exchanges that did not exist in the 1960s.

Superior International Junior Hockey League Junior A ice hockey league

The Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) is a junior A ice hockey league and a member of the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) and Hockey Canada. The league operates in the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. states of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Winners of the SIJHL playoffs compete for the Dudley Hewitt Cup against the winners of the Ontario Junior Hockey League and the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League. The winner of the Dudley Hewitt Cup then moves on to compete for the Centennial Cup, the Canadian Junior A championship.

Wapekeka First Nation is a First Nation band government in the Canadian province of Ontario. An Oji-Cree community in the Kenora District, the community is located approximately 450 kilometres northeast of Sioux Lookout. In January, 2008, the total registered population was 375, of which the on-reserve population was 355.

Hudson, Kenora District Unincorporated place in Ontario, Canada

Hudson is an unincorporated place and community in the municipality of Sioux Lookout, Kenora District in northwestern Ontario, Canada. It is located on Lost Lake on the English River in the Nelson River drainage basin.

The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (TBSO) is a Canadian professional orchestra based in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Seven Generations Education Institute

Seven Generations Education Institute is an Aboriginal-owned and controlled post-secondary institution co-founded by the ten bands in the Rainy Lake Tribal area in 1985. The ten bands are: Big Grassy, Big Island, Couchiching, Lac La Croix, Naicatchewenin, Nigigoonsiminikaaning, Ojibways of Onigaming, Rainy River, Seine River and Mitaanjigamiing. Each of the ten bands appointed one member to a Board of Directors of Seven Generations Education Institute, which functions with the leadership of the Executive Director.

Contact North is a distance education network in the Canadian province of Ontario, with 112 online learning centres throughout the province. Based principally in Sudbury and Thunder Bay, the network partners with Ontario's 24 public colleges, 22 public universities and 250 public literacy and essential skills and training providers to help Ontarians in over 600 communities across the province participate in education and training opportunities without leaving their own community.


  1. "Confederation College, Strategic Plan 2017-2020".
  2. "Confederation College - 50 Year Timeline (published in 2017)".
  3. Confederation College History -The Bradshaw Years
  4. "Confederation College - Dryden Campus".
  5. "Confederation College - Greenstone Campus (Geraldton)".
  6. "Confederation College - Lake of the Woods Campus (Kenora)".
  7. "Confederation College - Northshore Campus (Marathon)".
  8. "Confederation College - Rainy River District Campus (Fort Frances)".
  9. "Confederation College - Red Lake Campus".
  10. "Confederation College - Sioux Lookout Campus".
  11. "Confederation College - Wawa Campus".
  12. "Confederation College - Scholarships, Bursaries & Awards".
  13. Cowley, Norm (January 16, 1996). "Ice grabs ex-Pearn assistant". Edmonton Journal . Edmonton, Alberta. p. 27. Lock-green.svg