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The entrance to the school of hospitality on the St. James campus
George Brown College (GBC) is a public, fully-accredited college of applied arts and technology with three full campuses in downtown Torontomarker, Ontariomarker. Like many other colleges in Ontario, GBC was founded in 1967 by the government of Ontario.

George Brown offers a wide variety of programs in art and design, business, community services, early childhood education, construction and engineering technologies, health sciences, hospitality and culinary arts, preparatory studies, as well as specialized programs and services for recent immigrants and international students.

The college offers more than 66 diploma programs, as well as five degree programs, one in conjunction with Ryerson Universitymarker. An additional 45 certificate programs and 33 post-graduate programs round out the college's full-time offering.

There are also over 1,300 continuing education courses available. Currently, there are about 15,000 full-time students, including 1,400 international students, as well as over 60,000 part-time and continuing education students.

George Brown is also the largest distance education college in Canada, with 12,000 students studying in over 30 countries. The most popular distance education program offered by the college is its award-winning Electronics Technician distance education program, developed by Dr. Colin Simpson.

In October 2008, George Brown was named one of "Canada's Top 100 Employers" by Mediacorp Canada Inc., and was featured in Maclean's newsmagazine. Later that month, George Brown was also named one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers, which was announced by the Toronto Star newspaper.


The college was established during the formation of Ontario’s college system in 1967. Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology were established on May 21, 1965. The college is named after George Brown, who was an important 19th century politician and newspaper publisher (he founded the Toronto Globe, forerunner to The Globe and Mail) and was one of the Fathers of Confederation.

Casa Loma campus

The largest of the campuses of George Brown College, Casa Loma campus is situated on the stretch of Kendal Ave. between Davenport Rd. and MacPherson Ave. Nearby features include Casa Lomamarker, and the City of Toronto Archives. The Dupont subway stationmarker (on the YUS line) is a mere three minute walk from the campus. The campus itself is a collection of five buildings.

Casa Loma Campus
Bldg. Address Functions
B 175 Kendal Ave. Dentistry
C 160 Kendal Ave. Main building of the campus
D 1 Dartnell Ave. ESL and building technologies
E 146 Kendal Ave. Student centre
F 500 McPherson Ave. Finance and student records
In 2004, the old and unused A building was torn down to create a green space on campus.

St. James campus

Directions to buildings at the St. James Campus

St. James campus consists of five buildings. The first is a large brick building at 200 King St. E. The second and third are located at 290 and 300 Adelaide St. East and are connected. They are home to Financial Services, Creative Arts, Business Administration and the faculty of Hospitality and Tourism. This campus is where the chef school is located.
St. James Campus
Bldg. Address Functions
A 200 King St. East Main building of the campus
B 300 Adelaide St. East Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (classrooms, labs, student support services)
C 290 Adelaide St. East Financial Services
D 215 King St. East Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (classrooms, Chefs House — student-staffed restaurant)
E 230 Richmond St. East School of Design

Waterfront campus (planned)

In July 2008, it was announced that a new campus for GBC would be developed on Toronto's waterfront, on a site south of Queen's Quay between Jarvis and Parliament Streets. It would increase the college's capacity by an additional 4000 students, and allow the creation of an athletic centre as well as student accommodation. Its academic focus would be towards health science, and open by fall 2011.

Ryerson University campus

This associate campus is in Kerr Hall at Ryerson Universitymarker. The address is 99 Gerrard St. E.

George Brown also has classes from the Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Assistantand Activation Coordinator Gerontology programs at the Sally Horsfall Eaton (SHE) Building at Ryerson (located at the corner of Gould St and Mutual St.) see

Young Centre For The Performing Arts

The Theatre School at George Brown College presents a season of productions at the theatre in the Distillery District in downtown Toronto.It is a brand-new theatre built into 1800s era Victorian industrial buildings, with the incorporation of additional teaching facilities.The theatre arts program enjoys a partnership with the Tarragon Theatremarker and Soulpepper Theatre Company.


The school's team name is the Huskies.

Varsity sports at George Brown include:

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Golf
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Rugby


The Dialog is the independent student newspaper of George Brown College, and is a member of CUP.


George Brown College has 5 libraries:

  • Casa Loma Library Learning Commons: 160 Kendal Ave. Room C330.
  • ESL Resource Centre: 1 Dartnell Ave. Room 315 (D Building).
  • St. James Library Learning Commons: 200 King St. East Room: 121.
  • St. James - Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts e-Library: 300 Adelaide St. East, Room 111.
  • Ryerson — Sally Horsfall Eaton Academic Resource Centre: 99 Gerrard East Room: 677.

Each of the college libraries primarily house materials suitable for the programs taught at their respective campuses.

Students, faculty and staff have access to an extensive range of electronic resources — ebooks, periodical databases and library catalogue. These are available for use in the library and remotely. The library also offers a live chat service for those who need assistance but are not on campus.

Information about all library collections and services is available from the library website: George Brown College Library.

The college libraries now offer a one-stop shopping database that allows users to easily find books and on-line journal articles. 360° Search is available for use by registered library users both on and off campus.

See also


  1. ACCC document with article about the elecronics technician distance education program

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