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Humber College

Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
Motto We Are Humber
Established 1967
Type Public
President Dr. Chris Whitaker
Students 27,000 full-time; 57,000 part-time[1]
Undergraduates Available
Postgraduates Available
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Campus Urban
Sports Teams Humber Hawks
Colours gold and blue          
Mascot Hawks
Affiliations CCAA, ACCC, AUCC, CBIE, Polytechnics Canada

Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning is a polytechnic college in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


  • Programs 1
  • History 2
  • Academic schools 3
  • Campuses 4
    • Humber North Campus 4.1
      • Humber Arboretum 4.1.1
    • Humber Lakeshore Campus 4.2
      • The Business School 4.2.1
    • Humber Orangeville Campus 4.3
  • Campus life 5
    • Athletics 5.1
    • Clubs 5.2
    • Residence 5.3
    • The Humber Students' Federation 5.4
    • Work Study Program 5.5
  • Research initiatives 6
    • Outdoor Learning Lab 6.1
  • Facilities 7
    • Digital Broadcast Centre 7.1
    • Arts and Media Studio 7.2
    • Centre for Urban Ecology 7.3
  • Recent achievements 8
  • Notable alumni 9
  • See also 10
  • References and footnotes 11
  • External links 12


Humber offers more than 150 programs including: bachelor’s degree, diploma, certificate, post-graduate certificate and apprenticeship programs, across 40 fields of study.

Humber College offers the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts (Creative Advertising)
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts (Criminology and Corrections)
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts (Interior Design)
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts (Film and Media Production)
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts (Paralegal Studies)
  • Bachelor of Applied Business (eBusiness)
  • Bachelor of Applied Business (Fashion Management)
  • Bachelor of Applied Business (Human Resources Management)
  • Bachelor of Applied Business (International Business)
  • Bachelor of Applied Business (Tourism Management)
  • Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences (Software Systems)
  • Bachelor of Applied Music (Contemporary Music)
  • Bachelor of Applied Technology (Industrial Design)
  • Bachelor of Child and Youth Care
  • Bachelor of Commerce (e-Business Marketing)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Fashion Management)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resources Management)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Hospitality and Tourism Management)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (International Business)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Finance)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Management Studies)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Supply Chain Management)
  • Bachelor of Creative Advertising
  • Bachelor of Journalism
  • Bachelor of Interior Design
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Public Relations
  • Bachelor of Social Science (International Development) [2]

Humber also provides academic advisors and resources, such as Humber's career finder. Most of Humber's programs contain a practical experimental component to them, such as an internship, Co-op, or field placement.[3]

Beyond this, Humber College also provides Bridging (or Bridge Training) Programs for internationally trained professionals in the fields of Engineering and Information Technology. These Bridging Programs include: • Engineering Software Skills Enhancement • Mobile Systems Integration • .NET Developer Bridging Program[4]

Humber serves 25,000 full-time and 57,000 part-time learners.[1]


Humber was established in 1967[5] under its founding President, Gordon Wragg. The first new section of Humber College opened on Monday Sept, 11, 1967 at James S. Bell Elementary School, public school on Lake Shore Boulevard West. The Lakeshore Campus began with the addition of the manpower retraining programs on Queen Elizabeth Way in Etobicoke. In November 1968, North Campus was officially opened by Mayor E. A. Horton of Etobicoke and Mayor Jack Moulton of York. In the early 1970s, student enrollment was rapidly increasing which led Humber to expand its business and technology programs at both the North and Lakeshore Campuses. Humber College had the largest group of Business students in the province. Three year co-op programs were developed in the early 1970s in a range of technology and business programs. After such relation with industry growing together, it was likely companies offer jobs for fresh students.[6] Humber became Canada's largest "Community College" with over 10,000 full-time and 100,000 part-time learners.

By the early 1980s Humber was developing new programs to respond to business and industry demands with focusing on flexibility in class schedules, including a weekend College. Its skill-based training courses included self-paced programming and, along with Holland College in Prince Edward Island, became one of the National Centers for industry driven DACUM curriculum. Humber introduced flexible manufacturing and was a pioneer in introducing computer applications in technology programs.[5] Lakeshore Campus, at its new permanent location on the lakeshore was the first College to introduce a Solar technology program to respond to the needs of that growing industry of the time. Humber had a very large international outreach program, working in over 20 countries and with the assistance of ADB, the Government of Canada (CIDA) and latterly the ACCC (Association of Canadian Community Colleges), it developed the largest international program of all of the Canadian Colleges by 1987. , introducing the concept of responsive tertiary education to countries throughout Africa and Asia. (ACCC Journal)

After the mid-1980s, the College concentrated more on arts and applied arts programs and refocused its energy on internal processes rather than program innovation and on local rather than national or international activities. In this way it became more of a "community "college. It is an Ontario Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

Academic schools

  • School of Applied Technology
  • The Business School
  • School of Media Studies and Information Technology
  • School of Social and Community Services
  • School of Creative and Performing Arts
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism
  • School of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Humber College had a Queensway Campus at 56 Queen Elizabeth Boulevard, Toronto.[7]

Humber North Campus

Located in northwest Toronto (formerly Etobicoke), the Humber North Campus has approximately 20,000 full-time and 57,000 part-time students.1,000 of them living in residence.[8] The campus includes University of Guelph-Humber, with a collaborative university-college partnership between the University of Guelph and Humber College.

Humber Arboretum

Located behind Humber College's North campus, the Humber Arboretum consists of botanical gardens and natural areas surrounding the Humber River.[9] This unique site is home to the Carolinian bioregion, the most diverse ecosystem in Canada, and boasts over 1,700 species of plants and animals. The Humber Arboretum covers approximately 250 acres (101 ha) of the West Humber River Valley between Highway 27 and the 427 and is easily accessed from Humber College Blvd.

The Arboretum is one of the resources of Humber College. It provides faculty and students with an outdoor classroom and living laboratory at their disposal for research, innovation, hands-on projects, and applied work experience. The Arboretum is also linked with programs and services College-wide.

The Humber Arboretum was originally started by Humber College horticulture students in 1977.Its purpose is to facilitate research and education, establish and maintain plant collections, promote conservation and restoration practices, and provide a visitor experience.

The Centre for Urban Ecology, located in the Humber Arboretum, provides educational programming focused on urban ecology. It also serves as a venue for meetings, conferences, weddings, and special events.

Humber Lakeshore Campus

Humber College Lakeshore Campus
Lakeshore Campus of Humber College
Picture of "L" building

Located along the shores of Lake Ontario, at Kipling and Lake Shore Blvd. W, Humber’s Lakeshore campus located in New Toronto, has approximately 7,200 full-time students, with 400 living in residence.[8] The Lakeshore Campus sits on the large grounds of the former Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital and Lakeshore Teachers College on the shores of Lake Ontario, in the west-end New Toronto neighbourhood of Toronto (formerly Etobicoke). When leased by Humber College, the college vowed to keep the historical site in good condition and enhance its park like setting as an asset to the Southern Etobicoke community. The campus now consists of a number of cottage buildings and the more modern and now renovated Lakeshore Teachers College facilities that were extensively re-worked in the early 1980s. The L-Building was opened recently in 2011 at the Lakeshore Campus where it has been added as an addition to the cottages located around it. In May 2013 artist Harley Valentine's sculpture Persephone, after the mythic Greek queen of the underworld, was installed in the front plaza of the L-Building. There are ongoing rumours that the B building is haunted by three ghosts.

Humber College brick-paved walkway

The Business School

"The Business School at Humber offers more areas of study and specialized choices than any other business school in Ontario, including a wide range of diploma, degree and postgraduate programs for the future business professional in areas such as accounting, fashion, cosmetics, financial, human resources, international development law and marketing.[10]

Humber Orangeville Campus

Humber’s Orangeville campus is at the Alder Street Recreation Complex, Orangeville, Ontario.[8] It offers six fully functional and wireless classrooms, a student commons/computer lab, as well as an on-site fitness centre with swimming pool, two hockey rinks, a library, a food court and restaurant.

The Orangeville Campus currently offers programming in ECE - Early Childhood Education, Police Foundations, and SSW - Social Service Worker. New programs for 2014 include Fitness and Health Promotion and Tourism Management. Additional full-time programming will be added in 2015 and beyond.

Campus life


In 1968 Humber formally joined the Ontario College Athletic Association (OCAA). Humber started with just four varsity programs and endured the growing pains of a young athletic program. Since then the department has blossomed into one of the most dominant, not only in Ontario but in the nation. Humber has grown from four to twenty varsity teams, competing in each and every sport that the OCAA offers. The Hawks now have a men’s and women’s team in each of the following sports; basketball, volleyball, outdoor soccer, indoor soccer, rugby, baseball/fastball, golf, badminton, cross country and curling.

Humber also contains one of the college system’s campus recreation programs. ‘Campus Rec’ as it is widely known, offers Intramural and Extramural teams as well as a number of off-campus events. Intramurals are on-campus leagues where students of various skill levels compete in sports ranging from soccer to ice hockey. Extramurals are competitive club teams formed at each college that compete against each other in a tournament league format. ‘Campus Rec’ has recently introduced off-campus events where students can participate in a leisurely excursion. These excursions include mountain biking, skiing, curling, horseback riding, rock climbing, beach volleyball and the Time for War fitness course.

The fitness programs at Humber’s North and Lakeshore offer students, faculty and community members a number of ways to stay fit and lead an active and healthy lifestyle. After a major renovation in 2010 the North Campus fitness area have become one of the area’s finest. The facility is complete with an aerobic studio, weight and cardio rooms, saunas, ping pong tables, showers, lockers and washrooms. Certified personal trainers are also available to build programs, give guidance throughout the workout and help build a nutritional guide. There are over 16 different classes offered ranging from extremely strenuous to light stretching depending on your personal fitness level.[11]


The Humber Students' Federation club (HSF) is a sanctioned group of active and enthusiastic students who want to engage and share their passion or hobby with the students of Humber and Guelph-Humber. Clubs must be social, cultural or interest-based. Some of the clubs that were sanctioned for the 2013-2014 school year include: Beyond the Rainbow, Dance Company, Liberals Club, Good Deeds Club, Embassy Christian Community, Table Tops Gaming Club, Ministry of Magic Club, and the Vietnamese Students’ Association.[12]

The overall purpose of HSF is to meet new people who share the same interests and to enrich the post-secondary experience of Humber and Guelph-Humber students. Though sororities and fraternities are not officially recognized by or affiliated with Humber College or HSF, they do provide students with valuable experiences throughout their post-secondary academic careers to supplement campus life. Many lifelong friendships are forged through these societies, which place a great deal of emphasis on academic achievement, leadership and philanthropy. Delta Phi Nu sorority and Alpha Xi Omega fraternity are two Greek Letter Organizations that offer membership to Humber College and Guelph-Humber University students.


Humber College offers residence for students at both the North and Lakeshore Campuses. The North Residence is located by the Humber Arboretum and features three interlinked buildings with both single and suite-style rooms. The Lakeshore Residence is located west of downtown Toronto and offers suite-style rooms. Both the North and Lakeshore Residences offer themed floors which include, extended quiet floors, single gender floors and Living and Learning Communities.Additional amenities in Residence include study rooms, community kitchen that can be used for group cooking, exercise room (North only), recreational space and laundry facilities.

Humber Residence department also provides students with access to an online database of off-campus rental accommodations nearby both the Lakeshore and North campuses.[13]

The Humber Students' Federation

The Humber Students’ Federation (HSF) is the official student government on campus. The organization advocates on behalf of more than 25,000 full-time students at Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber.[14] The elected students of HSF are members of key Humber committees to ensure that students are properly represented during all major discussions and decisions.

The HSF hosts events and contests throughout the year. The organization also offers services for students including: a flexible health and dental plan, bursaries, study spaces, a food bank and student employment.

Work Study Program

Part-time jobs may be available on campus in departments such as computer labs, Student Residence, Peer Tutoring, Athletics, Library, Campus Tours, and academic offices. Most positions are flexible around the student's timetable and the rate of pay is between $10.25 - $16/hour.

To be eligible to participate you:

  • Must have lived in Ontario continuously for the past year, as a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Must be a full-time student taking a minimum workload of 60%, (summer only - or are a full-time student now and returning in the fall).
  • Must be in satisfactory academic standing and demonstrate financial need.[15]

Research initiatives

Humber Research focuses on collaborative, applied research initiatives that create experiential learning opportunities for Humber students. The Research Office facilitates internally and externally funded projects throughout all schools and programs.[16]

Outdoor Learning Lab

Humber College has recently received funding to build an outdoor learning lab and naturalized play environment at one of our campus child care centres. The living lab will provide students and faculty in programs such as Early Childhood Education, Health and Fitness, and Sustainable Technology with the opportunity to engage in meaningful studies of children’s play and learning in a naturalized environment.[17]


Digital Broadcast Centre

Home to Humber TV, Radio Humber and all newspaper, magazine and web production. Humber is the only GTA College with a CRTC campus instructional license and fully operational radio station, Radio Humber FM 96.9.[18]

Arts and Media Studio

The old Lakeshore Lions Arena at 300 Birmingham Street is now home to Humber's Arts and Media Studio and opened in 2010. The site is part of the Lakeshore Campus site.

Centre for Urban Ecology

The LEED gold certified building includes a green roof, passive solar heating and a biofilter system. It is the only Platinum EcoCentre in Ontario [3].

Recent achievements

In 2005, the school launched a show called Distinguished Artists on TVOntario, produced by students in the School of Creative & Performing Arts. In the 2005–06 school year, Humber added new bachelor's degrees in Contemporary Music, Creative Advertising, and Interior Design. The four-year Creative Advertising program is the only such degree in Canada.

On 25 January 2006, the French ambassador to Canada Daniel Jouanneau visited the North and Lakeshore campuses of Humber College.[19] Jouanneau and school officials suggested the program might eventually be extended to the culinary arts and media-related programs, such as journalism.[19]

On February 2, 2009, Humber College students became the first to contact an astronaut in orbit using apparatus they built and operated. They made contact with Sandra Magnus at the International Space Station from a lab room at the school's Rexdale campus.[20]

Notable alumni

See also

References and footnotes

  1. ^ a b "About Us". Humber College. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "PEQAB". Retrieved 2014-07-28. 
  3. ^ Humber College, "Field Placement and Co-op", Retrieved 13 May 2013
  4. ^ "Bridging Programs". Retrieved 2014-11-12. 
  5. ^ a b "Our History". Humber College. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Fournier, Lori. Wheeler, Don. Building Business. A History of the Business School at Humber: Toronto, ON: 2004. Business School at Humber.
  7. ^ "Humber College ad". South Peel Weekly (Mississauga ON). 30 October 1968. p. 6. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c "Humber College – Campuses & Facilities – Toronto, Ontario, Canada". Humber College. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  9. ^ "Humber Arboretum". Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "The Business School Profile". Humber College. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  11. ^ Humber College, "Humber Fitness", Retrieved 18 June 2013
  12. ^ "Clubs - Humber Students' Federation". Humber Students' Federation. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "We are your home at Humber - Humber Residences". Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  14. ^ Humber College, "Humber Students' Federation", Retrieved 14 May 2013
  15. ^ "Humber: Defining Polytechnic Education - Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning - Toronto, Ontario, Canada". Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  16. ^ Humber College, "Humber Research", Retrieved 18 June 2013
  17. ^ Humber College, [4] "Learning Lab"], Retrieved 18 June 2013
  18. ^ Radio Humber Humber 96.9fm Retrieved on: 2012-9-23
  19. ^ a b Rebecca Payne, "French digintary visits school", Humber EtCetera, Toronto: Humber College Journalism program, 26 January 2006. With files from Brian Bento.
  20. ^ Mathieu, Emily (2009-02-03). "'"Humber to space station: 'We're live. The Star (Toronto). Retrieved 2010-05-04. 
  21. ^ "PERSONALITIES: Dina Pugliese". Toronto, Ontario: Rogers Broadcasting. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Official blog in Russian language
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