Ontario is one of the most exciting provinces for international students in Canada. It’s home to more than 40% of Canada’s population (50% of its inhabitants were born abroad). Its capital city, Toronto, is an economic, cultural and educational hub. 

Toronto has something for everyone. It is home to the Rogers Centre and the Air Canada Centre, from where sports fans can enjoy ice hockey, basketball and baseball games. The city also has architectural masterpieces, such as the Royal Ontario Museum and the Gallery of Ontario. However, without a shadow of a doubt, Ontario’s biggest attraction is Niagara Falls.

What makes Ontario most appealing for international students is its quality of education. Six of the best ten universities in Canada are located in Ontario. These include McMaster University, the University of Waterloo, Western University and Queen’s University. The province is also home to Georgian College, Liaison College Brampton, Algonquin College, Academy of Learning, and others. 

In addition, Toronto is North America’s third-largest movie production centre, and it features one of the most important film festivals globally, the Toronto Film Festival. The Toronto Film School and Yorkville University are two of Canada’s best learning centres for film and movie production.

Below are other cities in Ontario that reflect the province’s educational diversity and that are home for important partnered institutions:

Ottawa

Ottawa is Canada’s capital city. It is well known for being home to several national museums, and for being one of the most international cities in North America. It is officially bilingual (French and English). It also has the most educated population of all Canadian cities (half of its population graduated from university or college). 

Ottawa has two leading publicly funded universities: Carleton University and The University of Ottawa. Furthermore, it is also home to many prestigious institutions, such as Algonquin College, La Cité collégiale, Dominican University College, and Saint Paul University. Unsurprisingly, Ottawa has the highest population of scientists, engineers, and Ph.D per capita in Canada.

Partnered Institutions in Ottawa

Algonquin College

Toronto

Being the fourth most populous city in North America and the biggest in Canada, Toronto is one of the most cosmopolitan and multicultural cities globally. As Canada’s leading international centre for business and finance, it is also a thriving centre for the arts, culture and entertainment.

Additionally, Toronto is an educational hub. There are dozens of high schools and many post-secondary institutions. Five universities stand out: OCAD University, Ryerson University, the Université de l’Ontario français, the University of Toronto, and  The University of Guelph-Humber. The city is filled with extracurricular activities and many job opportunities after graduation.

Partnered Institutions in Toronto

Liaison CollegeToronto Film School, Trebas Institute

Being the fourth most populous city in North America and the biggest in Canada, Toronto is one of the most cosmopolitan and multicultural cities globally. As Canada’s leading international centre for business and finance, it is also a thriving centre for the arts, culture and entertainment.

Additionally, Toronto is an educational hub. There are dozens of high schools and many post-secondary institutions. Five universities stand out: OCAD University, Ryerson University, the Université de l’Ontario français, the University of Toronto, and  The University of Guelph-Humber. The city is filled with extracurricular activities and many job opportunities after graduation.

Partnered Institutions in Toronto

Liaison CollegeToronto Film School, Trebas Institute

Orillia

Commonly known as “Sunshine City,” the city’s economy is sustained by the petrochemical industry and the rubber manufacturing industry. Additionally, the automotive industry and the machinery sector play an essential role in Orillia’s economy — as does the Casino Rama, one of Orillia’s biggest employers.

The city’s education system consists of many institutions — some of which are bilingual (English and French). Additionally, two universities have important campuses in Orillia: Lakehead University, which operates a small campus and Georgian College, with over 1,600 students enrolled going through academic programs in the arts and technology.

Partnered Institutions in Orillia

Georgian College

Saint Catharines

Commonly known as “the Garden City” for its many parks, gardens and trails (over 1,000 acres), St. Catherines is the largest urban city in the Niagara Region. Located along the Niagara River, the city’s economy thrives from the shipping industry, fishing industry and tourism.

Its many water canals make its architecture and infrastructure unique. It has over 100,000 inhabitants, and it is home to Brock University, McMaster University, Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, and Ridley College. Additionally, the Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology has a college in St. Catherines.

Partnered Institutions in St. Catharines

Brock University

Commonly known as “the Garden City” for its many parks, gardens and trails (over 1,000 acres), St. Catherines is the largest urban city in the Niagara Region. Located along the Niagara River, the city’s economy thrives from the shipping industry, fishing industry and tourism.

Its many water canals make its architecture and infrastructure unique. It has over 100,000 inhabitants, and it is home to Brock University, McMaster University, Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, and Ridley College. Additionally, the Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology has a college in St. Catherines.

Partnered Institutions in St. Catharines

Brock University

Pembroke

Founded in 1828 and with a current population of slightly over 20,000 inhabitants, Pembroke is the perfect student-town. Its economy is sustained by the timber and the tourism industry, employing many local and international students. There are several tourist attractions in the city, like the Pembroke Hydro Museum, 30 historic murals in the downtown area, and the annual Old Time Fiddling and Step Dancing Festival.

Education plays an integral part in Pembroke. So much so that there are several high schools, and Algonquin College has a campus in the town, which offers the following courses: the Outdoor Adventure and Outdoor Adventure Naturalist, Forestry Technician, and Environmental Technician programs.

Partnered Institutions in Pembroke

Algonquin College

Brampton

Formerly known as “The Flower Town of Canada,” due to the thriving greenhouse industry that once characterized the city, Brampton’s economy consists of business services, life sciences, food and beverage, information and communication technologies, retail administration, logistics and manufacturing. Furthermore, the city has several tourist attractions: the Rose Theatre, the Peel Art Gallery, the Museum and Archives and six municipal libraries.

Education plays an essential role in the city, adopting an identity as a college town in the last few decades. Algoma University has a campus in the city, as well as Algonquin College and Liaison College. Additionally, Sheridan College also provides many educational programs.

Partnered Institutions in Brampton

Algonquin College, Liaison College

Formerly known as “The Flower Town of Canada,” due to the thriving greenhouse industry that once characterized the city, Brampton’s economy consists of business services, life sciences, food and beverage, information and communication technologies, retail administration, logistics and manufacturing. Furthermore, the city has several tourist attractions: the Rose Theatre, the Peel Art Gallery, the Museum and Archives and six municipal libraries.

Education plays an essential role in the city, adopting an identity as a college town in the last few decades. Algoma University has a campus in the city, as well as Algonquin College and Liaison College. Additionally, Sheridan College also provides many educational programs.

Partnered Institutions in Brampton

Algonquin College, Liaison College

Bracebridge

As a small city of slightly over 16,000 inhabitants, Bracebridge offers the perfect small-town college-experience. It has several tourist attractions, including the Clock Tower, Woodchester Villa, and the Silver Bridge. The city’s infrastructure is built around the waterfall on the Muskoka River. Additionally, it has many restaurants and small bars. It is also home to Georgian College’s satellite campus, where a variety of diplomas and academic degrees are taught.

Partnered Institutions in Bracebridge

Georgian College

Midland

Founded in 1890, Midland is the most significant economic centre of Georgian Bay’s 30,000 Islands. As a seaside town, it is filled with beach resorts, hotels, bars, and restaurants. The Huronia Museum and the art galleries are prevalent attractions in Midland. And although the city is very susceptible to storms, water attractions and boating activities are common. Education also plays a vital role in the city, as both MacMaster University and Georgian College have campuses in Midland.

Partnered Institutions in Midland

Georgian College

Founded in 1890, Midland is the most significant economic centre of Georgian Bay’s 30,000 Islands. As a seaside town, it is filled with beach resorts, hotels, bars, and restaurants. The Huronia Museum and the art galleries are prevalent attractions in Midland. And although the city is very susceptible to storms, water attractions and boating activities are common. Education also plays a vital role in the city, as both MacMaster University and Georgian College have campuses in Midland.

Partnered Institutions in Midland

Georgian College

Perth

Founded in 1816 after the War of 1812 between the United Kingdom and the United States and their respective allies, it is a historical town of slightly over 5,000 people. Built along the Tay River, Perth has several tourist attractions, such as the Perth Museum and the Perth Town Hall. It is also home to some annual festivals, such as the Stewart Park Music Festival and the Perth Lions Garlic Festival. Education plays a vital role in the city, especially as it has several high schools. Additionally, McMaster University and Algonquin College have campuses in the city.

Partnered Institutions in Perth

Algonquin College

Orangeville

Founded in 1863 and with a population of 29,000 residents, Orangeville’s economy is sustained by the manufacturing and the service industry. Although it is not mainly characterized as a cultural centre, it has many historical murals, and it features an annual music festival: the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival. In the last decades, education has played an essential part in the development of the city. There are two colleges in Orangeville: Humber College and Georgian College: the last one operates many undergraduate programs in Orangeville.

Partnered Institutions in Orangeville

Georgian College

Founded in 1863 and with a population of 29,000 residents, Orangeville’s economy is sustained by the manufacturing and the service industry. Although it is not mainly characterized as a cultural centre, it has many historical murals, and it features an annual music festival: the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival. In the last decades, education has played an essential part in the development of the city. There are two colleges in Orangeville: Humber College and Georgian College: the last one operates many undergraduate programs in Orangeville.

Partnered Institutions in Orangeville

Georgian College

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