George Brown College



Founded in 1967, George Brown, The City College, (GBC) is one of Ontario's 25 community colleges of applied arts and technology. Located in downtown Toronto, The City College offers more than 100 post-secondary programs at its three main campuses. Diplomas and certificates are awarded in business, hospitality, health sciences, fashion, technology, graphic arts, performing arts, community services, academic upgrading and general arts and science.

The City of Toronto, with a population of more than two million residents, is the centre of Canadian arts, business and technology.


The College is named after George Brown (1819-1880), one of Toronto's most famous citizens of the 19th century, who was a politician, a Father of Confederation and the founder of the Globe newspaper, the forerunner to today's Globe and Mail.

Areas of Expertise

George Brown College has earned a sound reputation for programs in: community services; health sciences; hospitality; business; fashion; graphic arts; performing arts; technology; apprenticeships; and academic courses.

The College's world-class Faculty of Hospitality & Tourism has an international reputation for culinary arts education. Programs unique in Ontario or Canada include: Activation Coordinator/Gerontology; Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate; Chinese Cuisine (Basic and Advanced); Clinical Methods in Orthotic/Prosthetics (post-diploma); Community Worker; Culinary Arts-Italian (post-diploma); Dental Technology; Electronic Prepress and Image Assembly; Financial Planning; Hearing Instrument Dispenser; Intervenor for Deaf-Blind Persons; Investment Sales Assistant; Orthotics/Prosthetic Technician; Residential Construction Technician; Restorative Dental Hygiene; Screen Printing; Sign Graphics; and Sport and Event Marketing (post-diploma).

George Brown, The City College, is actively involved in the development and delivery of distance education courses and programs using the Internet, Audio-graphics, CD-ROM and video-conferencing. Courses and programs offered via distance education include Undergraduate degree courses, an Electronics Technician program, Court Reporting, Meeting and Event Planning and Instructing the Adult and English.

The Bell Canada Centre for Distance Education at George Brown College uses state-of-the-art, multimedia technology to teach how to design and deliver distance education. Activities offered through the Bell Centre include satellite video-conferences, curriculum development and conversion of alternative delivery materials, multimedia services, "Train-the-Trainer" certification, distance education consulting services and software training including HTML, editing, JAVA scripting, etc.

On Campus Housing

For students looking for a home away from home, George Brown offers their residence, The George. Located next to Toronto's Distillery District, The George is within walking distance to both St. James and Waterfront campuses (less than 40 minutes by public transit to Casa Loma).

Off Campus Housing

George Brown also offers its own Housing Services listings at St. James, Waterfront and Casa Loma campuses. Toronto has a wide variety of accommodations in many interesting neighbourhoods, including houses, apartments, townhouses, boarding situations and sublet and shared accommodations. For more information, contact the Housing Office at (416) 415-5000, ext. 2101.

Special Services

The Disability Services Office provides assistance to students with physical, learning and emotional disabilities. Specialized technical equipment is also available. Most buildings are equipped with ramps, elevators and special washrooms.

International Involvement

For international students who do not have a TOEFL score of 550, but still want to enrol in a full-time post-secondary program, George Brown has designed an ESL program which, upon successful completion of its final academic level, is deemed equivalent to a 550 score. Therefore, a conditional letter of acceptance into post-secondary programs can be issued for students enrolled in our ESL program.

George Brown is involved in the co-ordination of programs and opportunities for students and teachers from around the world, as well as for education and industry officials from every continent. Some activities include study tours, teaching exchanges, and training in areas such as Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Other programs are technology and computer training, technical upgrading and teaching methods, management studies, and hospitality and tourism training. Many contracts and projects are carried out in cooperation with international development agencies, ministries of education, tourism boards, state industries, or non-governmental organizations. George Brown has worked with clients from many countries including Afghanistan, Bermuda, Barbados, Belize, Bosnia-Herzegovina, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Libya, Malaysia, Montserrat, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Singapore, the South Pacific, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Campus Tour

For details, call (416) 415-2000, ext. 3444 and for the Hospitality & Tourism Centre, please call (416) 415-2239.


George Brown College provides a number of services including health services, counselling, a Career Development Centre, employment centres, career assessment and testing, housing, special needs and services for the deaf and hard of hearing. Other services include the Indigenous Education and Services team, peer tutoring, student orientation events, student councils, course information, bookstores, library service, childcare, food services, Learning Resource Centre, Open Access Computer Learning Centres (OACLC), recreation and athletics facilities, a student-run newspaper and student clubs. George Brown has policies and/or committees in the areas of special needs, discrimination and harassment, the environment, employment equity and women's safety.

The Student Life Office co-ordinates programs and activities to enhance the quality of student life, to encourage and expand student involvement with the campus community, to aid students in their transition to college and to integrate students into the life of the college. The Student Life Office works with the Student Association and other student leaders to ensure that all students have opportunities to become involved in college life. Students and staff alike are encouraged to become involved in issues and programs that both educate and entertain, as well as foster understanding and co-operation among the college's diverse student body.

The Student Association provides services such as a student health plan, legal advisor, clubs, radio station, student newspaper, retail store and pub.

Modified on August 13, 2022