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Admission Requirements

All of Collège Boréal's programs of study have specific admission requirements. Please read the description of each program for more details.

Ontario Secondary School Diploma

The minimum requirement for admission to a postsecondary program is an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. An applicant who is 19 years of age or older and does not have an OSSD or equivalent may be admitted as a mature student if he or she meets all of the admission requirements for the program.


The equivalent of the OSSD in Quebec and New Brunswick is the Secondary School Diploma (SSD). Click here to consult the table of course equivalencies between Ontario and Quebec, New Brunswick or other provinces.

Admissions Process

Domestic Candidates
  1. Apply!

    Candidates wishing to submit an application for admission to Collège Boréal must do so through the Ontario College Admissions Service, online, at www.collegesdelontario.ca.

    Five (5) choices of programs are allowed, including a maximum of three (3) at the same college. The steps to make the change are indicated on the site www.collegesdelontario.ca. A fee of $125 is required per candidate, per college year.

    The Colleges of Ontario website provides Collège Boréal with all the details for the applications received.

    If you have any questions about the application process, contact the Ontario College Application Service directly at the following coordinates:

    60 Corporate Court

    Guelph ON N1G 5J3

    Phone: 1-888-892-2228 (toll-free) or 1-519-763-4725

    Email: demandez-lenous@collegesdelontario.ca

  2. Receive your Offer of Admission

    Offers of admission are posted on www.collegesdelontario.ca beginning November 1 and are sent to applicants by mail to the home address provided and by email.

    In the event of a refusal of admission to a particular program, the College will support the candidate in the selection of an appropriate path.

    If you receive a conditional offer of admission, you must ensure that you meet your program requirements before classes begin. The offer will be withdrawn if you fail to meet these requirements.

  3. Confirm your Program Choice

    It is the candidate’s responsibility to confirm their choice of program. Only one (1) offer of admission can be confirmed per candidate. The number of places being limited, it is strongly encouraged to confirm its choice of programs no later than May 1st.

    Steps to follow to confirm your program choice:

    1. Go to www.collegesdeontario.ca.
    2. Sign into your account.
    3. Click on “Show offers” under the “Offers” tab in your Dashboard.
    4. Select the desired offer of admission and click “Accept”. You can only accept one offer of admission.

If you are having difficulty with your password, the confirmation process or otherwise, contact Ontario Colleges Customer Service directly at 1-888-892-2228.

The Admissions and Registrar Office as well as Collège Boréal recruitment agents can also support you in this process.

International Candidates

Please access the OCAS IAS (International Admission Service):

https://international.ocas.ca/applicant?referring_college=BORE

  • Create an account or access your existing account.
  • Choose up to two programs.
  • Check intake dates and availability for your programs.
  • Consult the admission requirements.
  • Save copies of your academic documents. These must be certified and in French or English.
  • Save a copy of the first few pages of your passport, including your name and photo.
  • Pay the application fee (Can$350) by Visa, Mastercard or bank transfer.

Your application will be assessed once all documents and payment have been submitted.

If you meet all requirements, you will receive an email notification mentioning your letter of acceptance is available in the portal. You can then reserve your place by confirming your choice of program directly in that same portal.

Questions: international@collegeboreal.ca

Admission Requirements

The minimum requirement for admission to a post-secondary program is an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, such as ACE.

Applicants 19 years of age or older who do not have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent may be admitted as mature students if they meet all of the admission criteria. Admission specific to the program in question. All study programs have specific admission requirements. Read the description of each program for more details.

It should be noted that the ability to speak and write in French and English is essential for academic success. Adult candidates (19 years of age or older) seeking to meet specific admission requirements for French and English have access to language assessments recognized by the College.

Make sure you note the level/score you need to achieve to meet the specific requirements of your application and that your program accepts the chosen test. Note that there may be fees associated with assessments.

French Language Assessments

English Language Assessments

Are you an out-of-province candidate?

The equivalent of the DESO in Quebec and New Brunswick is the Secondary School Diploma (DES).

Click here to consult the table of course equivalencies between Ontario and the other Canadian provinces.

Transcript of Records

High school and post-secondary transcripts, if applicable, are required to determine eligibility.

A transcript is considered official when:

  • Final grades are entered by high school guidance counselors directly to the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS) for students coming directly from high school for the province of Ontario;
  • The transcript is sent directly by OCAS. The candidate must apply through the OCAS portal;
  • The transcript is emailed to us directly from another institution (e.g., another college, university, or from an Ontario or out-of-province school board);
  • The transcript is sent by mail or is delivered in person in a sealed envelope by the candidate. A transcript submitted in an envelope that has already been opened will not be accepted by Collège Boréal.

Applicants who do not provide an official transcript will receive a letter indicating why Collège Boréal is unable to grant them an offer. Upon receipt of the official transcripts, the College will assess the admission file and a decision will be sent to the candidate. If you are currently a high school student in Ontario, your high school will automatically send us your transcript.

Restricted Programs

Admission to certain Collège Boréal programs is subject to quotas, i.e. the number of places is limited. Meeting all program requirements does not guarantee admission to those programs. If the number of candidates exceeds the number of places available in a program, the College reserves the right to choose among these candidates.

To be considered for admission to these programs, applicants must:

  • Have submitted an application and the required documents to such programs no later than February 1 (due consideration date).

Among these candidates considered, offers will be issued according to the following order of priority:

  • Residents of Ontario,
  • Residents of other Canadian provinces and territories
  • Residents of countries other than Canada.

This restriction applies to the following programs:

  • Diagnostic Ultrasound (post-graduation) (ECHO)
  • Veterinary Care Techniques (VETQ)
  • Medical Radiation Technology (TRMG)

When all available places in a program are filled, a reasonable number of applications are placed on a waiting list.

If you are placed on a waiting list, the Admissions Office will notify you. We encourage you to confirm another choice of program at Collège Boréal in order to improve your chances of being admitted as soon as there is a place. The waitlist review will take place after May 1st. If a place becomes available, candidates will be notified by mail, email or telephone.

Dates to Remember

October 2023: The admission cycle for the 2023-2024 school year opens for programs starting in fall 2024 and winter 2025.

November 1st, 2023: As of this date, Collège Boréal communicates admissions decisions to candidates who have applied for admission to open programs.

For candidates who have submitted applications for quota programs (i.e. programs for which the number of places is limited), priority is given to applications received before February 1st. After this date, applications will be accepted, but will be assessed on a “first come, first served” basis. You may be placed on a waiting list.

Applicants who have submitted an application for admission to a restricted program must have submitted to the Admissions Office all the documents necessary to make the selection. Once this date has passed, candidates for restricted programs whose files remain incomplete will no longer be considered equally with those who have respected the deadline.

February 15, 2024: For limited admission programs, admission decisions will be processed as follows.

  • For applications received before February 1st (and whose files have been completed), decisions will be sent from February 15.
  • For applications received after February 1st, decisions will be sent once the applications that have met the deadline have been processed.

 May 1st, 2024: Deadline to confirm a program for which you have received an offer.

June 15, 2024: Deadline for tuition fees.

Payment Options

Domestic Candidates

The online payment option is available when the invoice is downloaded to your file. A message is sent by email when the portal is ready to process online transactions. Online transactions via the portal are made by credit card (Mastercard or Visa) or Debit-Visa card only.

The college offers other payment options, including:

  • Debit card (in person at one of the Collège Boréal campuses or sites)
  • Checks (in person at one of the Collège Boréal campuses or sites). Pre-dated checks are not accepted.
  • Cash (in person at one of the Collège Boréal campuses or sites)
  • Flywire:collegeboreal.flywire.com
  • Online or over-the-counter banking services at the following banking institutions:
    • Caisses Desjardins,
    • Credit Unions of Ontario
    • Royal Bank
    • Bank of Montreal
    • Scotiabank
    • Credit Union Central of Ontario

Note, if you choose to make a payment directly at a counter at a banking institution, you must notify the college. Otherwise, your payment will not appear in your account and you risk having a delay in your payment and/or having your account blocked.

International Candidates
Payments Made Internationally

International payments must be made on the secure site of Flywire where you can choose the method that suits you: collegeboreal.flywire.com

Payments Made from Canada

These payments can be made directly to any of our campuses or sites by:

  • debit card;
  • Mastercard or Visa credit card;

It is also possible to pay the fee on site the secure of Flywire where you can choose the method that suits you: collegeboreal.flywire.com

When Collège Boréal receives all your documents as well as confirmation of payment, the International Admissions Office will assess your file.

Study Permit Application

International students who want to study in Canada must obtain a study permit.

It is strongly recommended that you begin your immigration procedures as soon as you receive your letter of offer of admission to Collège Boréal.

The information below may change without notice. You are responsible for taking all necessary steps with the Government of Canada. For detailed information, click here to visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

If you decide to use the services of a representative for your application, choose this person carefully. If you retain the services of a paid representative, check to see if this person is authorized. Click here for IRCC advice.

Before the Schools Start Again

New to Collège Boréal?

Now that Collège Boréal has offered you a place in a post-secondary program, here is a checklist that will help you on your way to the start of your college studies. The following links will help you navigate the website and understand what is important to do before school starts in September.

Contact us

Office of Admissions and Registrar

Contact us

Boreal International

00 +1-705-560-6673, poste 1053

Téléphone

+1-705-280-0963

WhatsApp

Frequently Asked Questions

I am a domestic candidate or candidate (Canadian). How do I apply for admission to the College?

Candidates wishing to submit an application for admission to Collège Boréal must do so through the Ontario College Admissions Service, online, at www.collegesdeontario.ca. Five choices of programs are allowed, including a maximum of three at the same college.

A fee of $110 is required per candidate, per college year.

The Colleges of Ontario website provides Collège Boréal with all the details for the applications received. Offers of admission are mailed to your home address and posted on www.collegesdelontario.ca starting November 1st. Only one offer of admission may be confirmed online by the applicant at Collegesdelontario.ca.

In the event of a refusal of admission to a particular program, the College will support the candidate in the selection of an appropriate path.

Contact details for the Admissions Department are:
Ontario College Admissions Service
60 Corporate Yard, Guelph ON N1G 5J3
Phone: 1.888.892.2228 (toll-free) or 1.519.763.4725
Website: www.collegesdelontario.ca

I am an international candidate. How do I apply for admission to the College?

International candidates wishing to apply for admission to the College must do so by completing the form and sending it directly to the College. To learn more, please click here.

Restrictions on programs with limited admission:

In order to comply with the ministerial directive, the college will examine applications for programs with limited admission (for which places are limited), according to the following order of priority:

  • Residents of Ontario,
  • Residents of other Canadian provinces and territories,
  • Residents of countries other than Canada.
I am an out-of-province domestic (Canadian) candidate. Will my out-of-province education be recognized?

Yes. The Office of Admissions and Registrar will assess advanced standing for your province or territory. Some information can be found by clicking here. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the admissions office at admissions@collegeboreal.ca.

What are the differences between college and university studies?

A transformation has taken place today within the post-secondary education system in such a way that it is becoming more difficult to distinguish between universities and colleges. Previously, higher education in Ontario was delivered through a university system that granted degrees and a college system that granted certificates or diplomas.

For simplicity, here are some differences between colleges and universities in Ontario:

  • Generally, the programs offered by colleges are not the same as those offered by universities.
  • University studies are academic and theoretical in nature while college studies are more practical and oriented towards a specific career.
  • University studies last at least 3 years while college studies last between a few months and 3 years.
  • University gives you a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate, while college gives you a certificate, diploma, and in some cases a bachelor’s degree

(Source: Settlement.org, http://www.etablissement.org/sys/faqs_detail.asp?k=POSTSEC_COUNI&faq_id=4001405)

I have graduated from another college or university. Can my previous studies be recognized?

Collège Boréal recognizes the formal educational achievements of candidates for admission in the form of transfer credits. If you have taken a course at another post-secondary institution and have achieved the learning outcomes for that course, you can apply for transfer credit.

If you have studied in a program similar to the one you are applying for at Collège Boréal, you may be placed at an advanced stage, that is to say at a stage other than the first stage of the program.

For more information on transfer credits and block placement (advanced placement), contact the Admissions Office by email only at registrariat@collegeboreal .ca.

The program I have chosen has restricted admission. What is a restricted admission?

Admission to certain Collège Boréal programs is subject to quotas, i.e. the number of places is limited since it is in very high demand. Meeting all program requirements does not guarantee admission to those programs. If the number of candidates exceeds the number of places available in a program, the College reserves the right to choose among these candidates.

To be considered for admission to these programs, applicants must:

  • Have applied for such programs no later than February 1 (due consideration date) and;
  • Have submitted all the documents used to complete the admission file by February 15 at the latest.

Among these candidates considered, offers will be issued according to the following order of priority:

  1. Residents of Ontario,
  2. Residents of other Canadian provinces and territories
  3. Residents of countries other than Canada.

This restriction applies to the following programs:

  • Diagnostic Ultrasound (post-graduation) (ECHO)
  • Veterinary Care Techniques (VETQ)
  • Medical Radiation Technology (TRMG)

In order to be considered on an equal footing for these programs, you must apply before February 1st.

What are the admission requirements for Collège Boréal programs?

The minimum requirement for admission to a post-secondary program is an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, such as ACE. Applicants 19 years of age or older who do not have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent may be admitted as mature students if they meet all of the admission criteria. Admission specific to the program in question. All study programs have specific admission requirements. Read the description of each program for more details.

It should be noted that the ability to speak and write in French and English is essential for academic success. Adult candidates (19 years of age or older) seeking to meet specific admission requirements for French and English have access to language assessments recognized by the College. Make sure you note the level/score you need to achieve to meet the specific requirements of your application and that your program accepts the chosen test. Note that there may be fees associated with assessments.

French language assessments

English language assessments

What does OCAS mean?

OCAS stands for Ontario College Application Service. This is the agency through which all Canadian applicants must apply to Ontario colleges. The website for OCAS is www.collegesdelontario.ca

Should I apply to OCAS?

Yes, unless you are an international candidate (see the International section).

How do I confirm my offer from Collège Boréal?

Canadian Candidates or Canadian Candidates (Domestic)

Once your offer of admission has been received, return to www.collegesdelontario.ca to reserve your place at Collège Boréal!

Confirm your choice by May 1 or as soon as possible.

To accept an offer of admission log in to your account at collegesdelontario.ca.

  • Click ‘View Offers’ under the Offer tab in your dashboard.
  • Select the offer of admission you wish to accept and click ‘Accept’.
  • Log in with your username and password.
  • In the main menu, click on “Offer of Admission”.
  • Click on the link corresponding to the date you wish to begin your college studies.
  • Select the offer of admission you wish to confirm. You can only accept one offer of admission.

International Applicants or International Applicants

Once your offer of admission has been received, return your confirmation to international@collegeboreal.ca to reserve your place at Collège Boréal!

Confirm your choice by May 1 or as soon as possible.

You can only accept one offer of admission.

When do I have to confirm my program choice?

If you have applied for a program with limited admission, the deadline to confirm your choice is May 1st. If you have applied to an open admission program, confirm your program choice as soon as possible.

What are the admission requirements for the different programs?

Most Collège Boréal programs require a French credit. However, admission requirements vary by program. Consult the program sheets on our website at following link.

What is a Conditional Offer of Admission?

This means that you are conditionally accepted. You must therefore ensure that you meet the requirements of your program and the conditions listed before the start of classes. The offer will be withdrawn if you fail to meet these requirements or conditions and, therefore, you will not be able to register.

Example condition:

  • Proof of study permit
  • Proof of citizenship
  • High school diploma
  • Subject requirements (prerequisites)
What are the important dates to remember for admission?

Click here to consult the important dates to remember for admission.

If I am 19 or older, but have not obtained an OSSD (Ontario Secondary School Diploma) or equivalent, can I enroll in a post-secondary program?

Yes, after the age of 19 the applicant is considered an adult applicant. If he meets the admission criteria, i.e. the prerequisite courses, he could be admitted without a high school diploma.

Does Collège Boréal accept applicants from immersion schools?

Yes, however only if the candidate has taken French Immersion courses and obtained their French Immersion Certificate. Those who have done Core French or Extended French do not meet the admission criteria for the French course.

If you do not meet the admission criteria for French, Collège Boréal offers all the necessary upgrading courses to be admitted to a college program. This program is free. To register, contact the sector at 705-560-6673, ext. 3085, or by email at ace@collegeboreal.ca.

What are the steps to change my choice of program in my application for admission?

Domestic Applicants and Candidates (Canadians)

Steps to make the switch are listed at www.collegesdelontario.ca. You need your OCAS password. If you can’t remember, you can always contact the Application Center:

Ontario Colleges

International candidates or candidates

Please contact the Boréal international office at international@collegeboreal.ca.

When will I receive my offer?

With the exception of limited programs, the offers come out from November 1st. Candidates who have applied for a limited enrollment program (limited program) will receive their offer by February 1.

For domestic (Canadian) applicants, the offer is posted in the Application Center account (www.collegesdelontario.ca) . The candidate must access their account and select “my offers”. A copy is also sent by email and by post.

For international candidates, the offer is sent by email and by post.

Can my application for admission be postponed to the following year if I decide not to start at the scheduled session?

The application for admission is valid for one academic year only and cannot be postponed to the following year.

Does Collège Boréal accept candidates who have taken pre-employment courses (theoretical courses)?

No. Ontario secondary school courses at the college or university level, or their equivalent, are required for admission to a college program. However, if you do not meet the admission criteria, there are several options available to you! For any questions regarding academic upgrading or skills upgrading, contact the Centre Adult Development Program at Collège Boréal at 705-560-6673 or 1-800-361-6673, ext. 3085, or at afb@ collegeboreal.ca.

Which programs are subject to quota?
  • Diagnostic Ultrasound (post-graduation) (ECHO)
  • Veterinary Care Techniques (VETQ)
  • Medical Radiation Technology (TRMG)
What are my chances of being accepted into a restricted program?

If you submitted your application before February 1, your application will receive the same attention as those of other applicants. Your grades will determine whether you will be accepted or placed on a waiting list.

*For restricted programs, preference is given to applicants from Ontario, then to other Canadian applicants and finally to international applicants. This order is determined by directive from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

What happens if I'm on a waiting list?

If you are placed on a waiting list for a limited admission program, the Admissions Office will notify you. We encourage you to confirm another choice of program at Collège Boréal in order to improve your chances of being admitted as soon as there is a place. The waitlist review will take place after May 1st. If a place becomes available in the program of your choice, the Admissions Office will send you an offer of admission.

What is my student number?

Your student number appears on all correspondence (letters). If you can’t find it, send an email to registrariat@collegeboreal.ca.

Do I have to send my high school transcript?

For candidates who are currently in high school at a school in Ontario, the school board will send your transcript to certify that you have obtained the Diplôme d’études secondary.

Applicants who attended high school outside of Ontario should send us their transcript to the following email address admissions@collegeboreal.ca.

What if there are medical requirements in my program?

If your program has special requirements, an email with the necessary forms will be sent to you. You will find a table of mandatory requirements to be completed. This table will tell you if there are any medical requirements to be met as well as any deadlines. Forms are also online.

If I received a conditional offer because I do not meet one or more admission requirements, what is the next step?

Collège Boréal offers all the necessary upgrading courses to be admitted to a college program. This program is free. To register, contact the sector at 705-560-6673, ext. 3085, or by email at ace@collegeboreal.ca.

Once registered, email admission@collegeboreal.ca (applicants and domestic applicants) or international@collegeboreal.ca (international applicants) to let us know that you have started the process that will allow you to meet the admission criteria. If you complete the training before the start of the program, you may receive an unconditional offer of admission.

After I confirm my choice, what is the next step?

We will send you email correspondence for next steps. Regularly check the email you used to apply. Details about the registration process and payment of fees will be communicated to you by mid-May.

In the meantime, it is advisable to:

  • Submit your application for OSAP financial assistance (if applicable) at osap.gov.on.ca and complete your scholarship application;
  • Submit your application for residence accommodation (if applicable) before the deadline. The application form is online here.

You also have the option to become a “Student for a Day”! In the spring, you will have the opportunity to attend certain classes of the program of your choice and to meet the coordinators and teachers. Contact the campus of your choice to confirm your visit.

What is the deadline to apply for a program?

For contingent programs (limited places), the deadline is February 1st. All other programs remain open until full or until classes begin. The application center (OCAS) maintains the status of the programs up to the first week of the stage.

How can I have my work and life experiences recognized for my studies at Collège Boréal?

You can apply for recognition of prior learning for your non-academic learning.

For more information on Advanced Placement or Prior Learning Assessment, contact the Office of Admissions and Registrar by email at registrariat@collegeboreal.ca or by calling 1-800-361-6673, extension 2180.

When does my program start?

Most of our programs start in September, but some start in January. Contact us for more information at admissions@collegeboreal.ca.

When do I have to complete my required prerequisite courses in my post-secondary program?

Before the start of classes in your post-secondary program.

When should I make the deposit for my tuition fees?

You must make the deposit no later than June 15.

When do I have to pay my tuition fees?
  • The deadline to pay the fees for the fall stage without late fees is Tuesday, September 20, 2022
  • The deadline to pay the winter stage fees without late fees is Friday, January 20, 2023.
  • The deadline to pay the fees for the spring/summer stage without late fees is Friday, May 19, 2023.
  • All this information can be found in the school calendar.
Where can I find the approximate fees for the program I'm interested in?

You will find approximate tuition fees in the Collège Boréal directory, as well as on the website.

Where can I get information on loans and grants?
  • Information is online at the following link
  • Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
  • Government financial assistance
  • Collège Boréal scholarships
  • Travail-Boréal — a program that offers you the possibility of on-campus employment
Do I have to pay all of my fees before the start of the school year?

No, you only need to make a deposit. In the event that you are unsuccessful in obtaining a study permit, the deposit will be refunded.

Consult the school calendar for deadlines.

What are the tuition fees for my program?

Tuition fees for the new school year starting in September will be posted on our website starting May 1st. In the meantime, click here to consult the tuition fees, institutional ancillary fees and other fees in effect for the current school year.

Contact information for Collège Boréal Admissions and Registrar:
Phone: 705-560-6673 ext. 2180
Email: registrariat@collegeboreal.ca

Do I have to have my diplomas and transcripts from another Canadian province or territory assessed?

No, Collège Boréal has already assessed and established equivalences.

To find out the equivalences of courses between Ontario and Quebec or New Brunswick, you can consult the next link.

For all other provinces and territories, please contact the Admissions and Registrar Office at admissions@collegeboreal.ca or by calling 1-800-361-6673, extension 1090.

What programs are available for international students?

International students can apply to all programs except those offered entirely online. However, some of our programs are subject to quotas – priority must be given to applicants from Ontario, then to applicants from other Canadian provinces and territories, and finally to international applicants.

Do I need to have my credentials from institutions outside of Canada assessed?

Yes, we need to determine the Canadian equivalencies of your studies in order to make you an offer of admission.

What is Collège Boréal’s designated educational institution number?

As of June 1, 2014, international applicants must include a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) number on their study permit application.

The designated educational institution number for Collège Boréal is: O19395678039

For more information, see http://www.cic.gc.ca/francais/etudier/etudier-etablissements-liste.asp.

When and where should I apply for a study permit (visa)?

Once accepted at the College, you must apply for a study permit (visa) at the office of the Canadian diplomatic mission closest to your home. www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp

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