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Confederation College is a provincially funded community college located in Thunder Baymarker, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker. It was established in 1967, and has area campuses in Drydenmarker, Fort Francesmarker, Geraldtonmarker, Kenoramarker, Marathonmarker and Sioux Lookoutmarker. The college, with its area campuses, serves an area of approximately 215,000 square kilometres. It is one of only two community colleges supporting Northwestern Ontario. The press, Opus, is a member of CUP.


Confederation College was founded as a trade school in 1967, during the formation of Ontario’s college system. Air Vice Marshall (ret`d) Douglas Bradshaw was the first president of Confederation College from March 6, 1967 to 1974. His vision of an aviation program in the north was implemented in the College’s Aviation Centre of Excellence. He died on 1/10/1996. In his memory, the Douglas Bradshaw Athletic Achievement Award is presented to a graduating student, having the most improvement in and contribution to athletics and whose quality of spirit and competitive drive contributed to the overall success of the Confederation College Athletic program.


The college offers a full range of programmes and educational services throughout the region, which includes full-time post-secondary programmes, part-time credit and non-credit courses, specialty programmes for business and industry, pre-employment and skills training programmes, apprenticeship programmes and cooperative/workplace training programmes.

Confederation College has 3,200 full-time post-secondary students, 410 apprentices, 550 adult training students and 17,000 part time & continuing education students.

Thunder Bay campus

The Thunder Bay campus is home to five campus buildings (Shuniah, Dorion, Neebing, Conmee & McIntyre buildings), with the student residences located in the Sibley Hall Residence. Also present on the Thunder Bay Campus is the Thunder Bay Art Gallerymarker. Located at the Thunder Bay International Airportmarker is the college's School of Aviationmarker. The Thunder Bay campus is also home to the Confederation College Student Union offices.

Dryden campus

Fort Frances campus

The Confederation College Rainy River District campus located in Fort Francesmarker, Ontariomarker offers a variety of courses to the area of Fort Frances. The campus is located within the Fort Frances Multi-use facility, which also houses Fort Frances High School and the Townshend Theatre.

The Rainy River District campus offers a whole range of full-time and part-time courses ranging from post secondary diploma programs, certificate programs, continuing education courses, and general interest courses.

Geraldton campus

Kenora campus

The Confederation College Kenora Campus Located in Kenoramarker, Ontariomarker. Offers a wide range of recognized college certificates and diplomas.

Marathon campus

Sioux Lookout campus

See also


  1. Confederation College History -The Bradshaw Years

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