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Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
Humber college.PNG
Motto Defining Polytechnic Education
Established 1967
Type Public
President John Davies
Students 20,000 full-time and over 55,000 part-time
Undergraduates available; pre-university students; technical
Postgraduates available
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
43°43′46″N 79°36′33″W / 43.72944°N 79.60917°W / 43.72944; -79.60917Coordinates: 43°43′46″N 79°36′33″W / 43.72944°N 79.60917°W / 43.72944; -79.60917
Campus Urban Humber North, Lakeshore and Orangeville
Sports Teams Humber Hawks
Colours gold     ; blue     
Mascot Hawks
Affiliations CCAA, ACCC, AUCC,CBIE, Polytechnics Canada

Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning (generally referred to as Humber) is a polytechnic college in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Humber provides over 150 programs including: bachelor’s degree, diploma, certificate, apprenticeship and postgraduate programs. Humber serves 20,000 full-time and 55,000 part-time learners, as well as more than 15,000 employees in custom corporate training.



The first Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology were established on May 21, 1965.(Centennial College,Toronto) with Humber following in 1967. Its founding President, Gordon Wragg, was an exceptional educator under whose leadership Humber became Canada's largest "Community College" with over 10,000 full time and 100,000 part time learners, although it's own immediate population base was quite small. By the early 1980's it had become an engine of innovation, developing new programs to respond to business and industry and focussing on flexibility in timetabling including weekend College. Its skills training courses pioneered self-paced programming and along with Holland College in Prince Edward Island became the National Centers for industry driven DACUM curriculum. Humber introduced flexible manufacturing and was a pioneer in introducing computer applications in technology programs. 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, 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 activites. In this way it became more of a "community "college. It is an Ontario Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

In 2004-05, music program co-ordinator Denny Christianson began an exchange program which sends Humber faculty to the Paris Conservatory. On 25 January 2006, the French ambassador to Canada Daniel Jouanneau visited the North and Lakeshore campuses of Humber College.[1] Jouanneau and school officials suggested the program might eventually extended to the culinary arts and media-related programs, such as journalism.[1]

In 2005, the school launched a show called Distinguished Artists on TVOntario, completely made 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 February 2, 2009, Humber College students Gino Cunti, Paul Je, Patrick Neelin and Kevin Luong became the first college-level students in the world to build and successfully operate the apparatus required to make contact with an astronaut in outer space. They made contact with Sandra Magnus around 12:29PM at the International Space Station from a lab room at the school's Rexdale campus.[2]



Located in the West Humber-Clairville neighbourhood in northwest Toronto (formerly Etobicoke), the Humber North Campus has approximately 13,000 full-time students, over 1,200 of them living on campus and over 55,000 part-time students. Humber North.jpg

University of Guelph-Humber

The University of Guelph-Humber is a university-college partnership between the University of Guelph and Humber College. It is located on Humber's North Campus in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The school offers seven regular four-year academic programs, each of which grant both a university honours degree and college diploma. The Guelph-Humber campus is also home to two University of Guelph graduate programs: a MA in Leadership, and a MFA in Creative Writing.

Humber College North Campus sign

Student Life

The North Campus offers a fast-paced, contemporary atmosphere steps away from entertainment, public transit and a major shopping centre. Student services include restaurants, coffee shops,campus pub, a student centre, areas of parkland and the Humber Arboretum, a bookstore, computer labs and a large library and media facilities. It also offers access to a full athletic centre with indoor pool and saunas.


The Humber North Campus is home to certificate, diploma, bachelor’s degree, graduate certificate programs and continuing education classes offered by the School of Applied Technology, the Business School, the School of Health Sciences, the School of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism, Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Media Studies and Information Technology. [1]

The college also offers a renowned creative writing program, the Humber School for Writers, through its School of Creative and Performing Arts.


Humber College Lakeshore Campus
Humber College Lakeshore sign

Student Life

Humber’s Lakeshore Campus sits in the large grounds of the former Mimico Insane Asylum on the shores of Lake Ontario, in the west-end New Toronto neighbourhood of Toronto (formerly Etobicoke). The college opened a student residence at the campus in 2004.


The campus is the backdrop for certificate, diploma, degree and graduate certificate programs, as well as continuing education classes offered by Humber’s Business School, the School of Creative & Performing Arts, Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Media Studies and Information Technology, and the School of Social and Community Services. [2]

Humber also has an English for Academic Purposes program that draws students from all over the world[3]. The college Degree Nursing Program is also a collaborative program with one of Canada's oldest English university The University of New Brunswick.

Humber College

Built during the late 1880s, the cottage buildings served as a psychiatric hospital called the Mimico Lunatic Asylum (later the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital). When leased by Humber College, the college vowed to keep the historical site in good condition. The campus now consists of a number of cottage buildings mixed with some modern buildings built in the 1970s. The college is in the process of renovating the insides while maintaining the outside structure of the cottages; two buildings remain unoccupied. Building "L" is set to be demolished in August 2009, with a new structure, resembling in size the Guelph-Humber University building at the North Campus, scheduled to be built in its place.

Lakeshore served as a primary location for shooting TV movie Martha: Behind Bars, serving as "Camp Cupcake". Before it was Humber, the location was the Police Academy.

Orangeville, planned

With 20,000 full-time students and 55,000 part-time students enrolled at Humber College, between both campuses, student facilities quickly were becoming strained to keep up with demand. It was decided that a third campus would be needed to accommodate students of the college.

Brampton and Mississauga were both named as possible sites for expansion, but President of Humber College Robert Gordon commented "we didn't want to do this in an area that would cannibalize what we are currently doing. We get a lot of students from Mississauga, and if we build a campus there it would take away enrollment at ours."[4]

Gordon told Humber EtCetera before the 10 October 2005 announcement that "I don't think we can continue to grow at the North and Lakeshore Campuses without seriously eroding services."[4]

In the end, Orangeville was chosen. The city donated a tract of 11.33 hectares (27 acres) of land to this new Humber campus, in an effort to spur economic development. The college will be located on the east side of Veteran's Way, one kilometre north of Broadway.(map)[4] Construction was set to start in early spring 2006, and the school presumed to open for the winter 2007 semester, with one building housing 600 students. Construction will continue until the campus operates with 2000 students. Gordon told EtCetera the expansion has a CDN$10 million budget.

As of October 2005, programs at the campus were unknown. Due to their high employment success rates, the Tourism and Travel, General Business, and Health for Homecare programs were among the top prospects.

In late-2004, there was talk among Humber officials to open a Barrie campus. The school had investigated pursuing funding for the project, though such a development would likely not happen for many years. Humber would supplement the growing area, only served by Georgian College at present.

Academic and general programming research was conducted throughout the first half of 2006 to assist in the development of a specific ‘academic plan’ for the new college. Beginning in the fall of 2006, a diverse grouping of interest driven topics in the form of ‘Workshops’ will be presented by award-winning authors, quality faculty, and content experts at a variety of locations in the community. An Orangeville Campus Community Relations Office was opened in January 2006 to facilitate academic research and ‘general’ community awareness of the new college campus. [3]

Students and staff

Literary staff

Margaret Atwood, Mordecai Richler, Jane Urquhart, and other respected Canadian writers have taught Humber's The Humber School for Writers Correspondence Program in Creative Writing. International authors, including Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford, have also been included throughout the years. There are dozens of Pulitzers, GGs, Bookers, Commonwealths, Hugos, Nebulas, Trilliums, Engels, IMPACs between the extensive list of acclaimed authors.

Other authors include David Adams Richards, Ann Beattie, John Bentley Mays, Constance Beresford-Howe, David Bergen, Michelle Berry, Sandra Birdsell, Neil Bissoondath, H. S. Bhabra, Dionne Brand, Bonnie Burnard, Catherine Bush, Barry Callaghan, Stevie Cameron, Peter Carey, Hayden Carruth, Wayson Choy, Eliza Clark, Karen Connelly, Douglas Cooper, Carole Corbeil, Michael Coren, Alan Cumyn, Robyn Davidson, Erika de Vasconcelos, David Donnell, Roddy Doyle, Howard Engel, Timothy Findley, Cecil Foster, Bruce Jay Friedman, Mavis Gallant, Graeme Gibson, Elisabeth Harvor, Michael Helm, Isabel Huggan, Diane Keating, Joseph Kertes, Shaena Lambert, Mark Leyner, John Metcalf, Anne Michaels, Christopher Moore, Kim Moritsugu, Sylvia Mulholland, Howard Norman, Tim O’Brien, Caryl Phillips, B. W. Powe, Paul Quarrington, Daniel Richler, Nino Ricci, Robert Sawyer, Richard Scrimger, Olive Senior, Sarah Sheard, Carol Shields, Antanas Sileika, Joseph Skibell, Linda Spalding, Josef Skvorecky, Susan Swan, D. M. Thomas, M. G. Vassanji, Marianne Wiggins, and Eric Wright.

The Humber Writer's Circle is often held by the department, to discuss and critique writing, and network with other emerging authors. Susan Swan and Wayson Choy have both participated in the meetings. The circle is based on the Writers' Circle of Durham Region.

Haydain Neale taught in Humber's Summer Songwriting Workshop.

Notable alumni

A list of notable alumni includes:

See also:

Sports, clubs, and traditions

The schools team name is the Hawks.

Varsity sports at Humber include:

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Cheerleading
  • Dance

See also:

Student Media

On campus media outlets include:


Humber Et Cetera (Humber Journalism Diploma Students)

Humber Life (Humber Student Federation)

Guelph-Humber Radix (Guelph-Humber Journalism Degree Students)

Awards: Humber Et Cetera is the winner of the prestigious 2004 Apple Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association


CKHC (Humber Radio Broadcast Students)

Note:CKHC was the first radio station in Canada to voluntarily adopt a 100 per cent Canadian content playlist.


Humber News (Humber Television Broadcast Students)

Guelph-Humber Beat (Guelph-Humber Journalism Degree Students)

Note: Television news broadcasts are available to the student body to watch on televisions in the Humber maincouncourse or Guelph-Humber internet cafe.

References and footnotes

  1. ^ a b Rebecca Payne, "French digintary visits school", Humber EtCetera, Toronto: Humber College Journalism program, 26 January 2006. With files from Brian Bento.
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  4. ^ a b c Vernon Williston, "New college site to open winter 2007", Humber EtCetera. Toronto: Humber College, Journalism department, 13 October 2005, volume 36, issue 4. With files from Jason Bowser and Jenna Rosman.
  5. ^ "Anwar Knight, Weekend Weather Anchor, CTV News Toronto". CTV Toronto. Toronto, Ontario: CTVglobemedia. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-24.  
  6. ^ "PERSONALITIES: Dina Pugliese". Toronto, Ontario: Rogers Broadcasting. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-24.  

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