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College and university mean different things in different countries. In Canada, colleges and universities offer different types of programs and require different amounts of time to complete. In Simcoe County, there are two colleges and two universities: Georgian College, Collège Boréal, Lakehead University, and Laurentian University.

Colleges grant certificates or diplomas to students who have completed their studies. If you study full-time, a certificate program may take approximately one year to complete and a diploma may take two to three years. Some colleges offer bachelor degrees in applied areas of study. Generally, colleges provide career-focused programs. Teaching methods at colleges is often described as "hands-on training."

To learn more about colleges in Ontario visit www.ontariocolleges.ca

To learn more about the colleges in Simcoe County, contact:

The information listed below was provided by 211 Community Connection.

Colleges in Simcoe County​ ​

Georgian College

1 Georgian Dr
Barrie, ON L4M 3X9

Phone: 705-728-1968
Email: inquire@georgianc.on.ca
Website: www.georgiancollege.ca

Collège Boréal of Applied Arts and Technology
French community college​


136 Bayfield, Suite 100-101             Barrie, ON L4M 3B1

Phone: 705-737-9088
Toll Free: 1-800-361-6673
Email: InfoBarrie@collegeboreal.ca
Website: www.collegeboreal.ca


Universities grant degrees to students who have completed their studies. From a university you can obtain an undergraduate degree (bachelor's degree), graduate degree (Master's degree) or post-doctorate degree (PhD). Universities tend to have a more traditional style of teaching, which often includes lectures and focus on academic programs. If you study full-time, an undergraduate degree may take three to four years. A Master's degree may require approximately two additional years after completing a bachelor's degree, and a post-graduate degree may take five more years after finishing a Master's degree.

For a list of universities in Ontario, and a link to each of their websites, visit the Ontario Universities Application Centre’s website, www.ouac.on.ca/unilinks.

To learn more about the universities in Simcoe County, contact:

The information listed below was provided by 211 Community Connection.

Universities in Simcoe County

Lakehead University, Orillia Campus​

500 University Ave 
Orillia, ON L3V 0B9

Phone: 705-330-4008
Email: orillia@lakeheadu.ca
Website: www.orillia.lakeheadu.ca