Sault College


Our College’s proud history over more than three decades can easily be divided into three eras.

In the fall of 1965, the institution opened its doors as the Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Vocational Centre, or OVC. Similar “training schools” began in London and Ottawa.

The OVCs evolved into Ontario’s community colleges. In 1967 the Ontario government established a system of Colleges of Applied Arts & Technology, more often known as community colleges.

Sault Ste. Marie’s OVC became the Sault Campus of the newly established Cambrian College of Applied Arts & Technology. Its main campus was located in Sudbury. A second satellite campus opened in North Bay.

Community colleges enjoyed immediate public acceptance and support. In fact, Cambrian’s enrolment growth was so rapid that within only five years the satellites became independent colleges.

The independent Sault College of Applied Arts & Technology emerged in 1973. Cambrian’s second satellite campus – in North Bay – became Canadore College of Applied Arts & Technology.

Sault College has grown tremendously over the years, adding programs in all disciplines. We now respond to the postsecondary educational needs of more than 4,500 part-time and full-time students each year.

Why choose Sault College?
Campus Overview

Quaint small town or bustling metropolitan city? Sault Ste. Marie is a bit of both. The “Soo” (as locals call it here) is a safe, friendly, community offering you a diverse experience to enhance your classroom learning. This spectacular border city has four seasons of outdoor adventure for all interests. Travel and fun are minutes away across the International bridge connecting to Sault, Michigan. With 75,000 people, we are small enough to be friendly, and large enough to be FUN!

The blend of professional and whimsical student and seeker comes to make this coffee, hockey, and pasta-loving town uniquely eclectic with a penchant for self-reinventing every few months. Drop into a Tim’s to talk to the locals about just about any topic, and you’ll come away with enough to write an award-winning short story or intriguing novel.

You’ll hear how the city has a large and vibrant Italian contingent, but don’t overlook the other cultural influences from European countries like Finland and Portugal, plus the growing number of Indian and Argentinian foreign nationals arriving to work at Essar Steel and Tenaris.

We have all the amenities and city-life attractions, and the most awe-inspiring scenic views and adventure recreation in the province. The breath-taking views found immediately north, east and west of town on the Great Lakes is what most people remember most about Sault Ste. Marie and area. With a large number of public beaches on beautiful pristine lakes that can be accessed for free, Sault Ste. Marie often has a lasting impact on those who travel this way, and sometimes those who have camped here in their youth find their way back here to study and work because of the stunning views found in nature.

English language requirements

If you meet all the requirements for admission to your preferred program at Sault College program but still require the English language proficiency, you may be conditionally admitted into your program of choice; upon successful completion of the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program. The conditional admission will also permit students to apply for their Study Permit to Canada through Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

Through the Sault College – Northland EAP program students are provided with small classes and the necessary English instruction to begin post-secondary studies. EAP offers:

  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Grammar
  • Report writing
  • Oral presentations

Support Services

As an EAP student, you will have access to Sault College amenities, services, and health insurance. You will also have the option of homestay accommodations (with a local family), on-campus residence, or off-campus housing; Sault College will also assist you with making housing arrangements. Pre-departure planning, orientation, and activities are also included in your Sault College – Northland EAP experience.

Study Time

Students are given a placement test upon arrival to determine the starting level of English. Generally, each level is one semester (14 weeks). Level 7 (CLB700) is required to enter the College program. Most students entering EAP may only require 1 or 2 semesters of EAP to meet the admission requirement; however, the duration of EAP will depend upon the student’s proficiency.

Study Fees

Tuition (per 14-week semester) $2,590
Insurance (per year) $   650
Supplies (approximately) $   500
Ancillary fees (per 14-week semester)
$ 369
How to apply

Applying to Sault College has never been easier!

  • Fill out the online application and submit by clicking the Submit Form button at the bottom of the PDF form page, or submit the PDF by email
  • Send us your High School / Secondary School transcripts

Once we receive your application and transcripts we shall process your application and email you an offer of admission!

Once you receive your offer of admission, follow the instructions in the package to accept a place here at Sault College!

You are encouraged to apply by February 1st for a September start, as popular programs fill up quickly. By applying by February 1st you have a higher chance of getting a seat in your preferred program and avoid being placed on a wait list or missing out on a seat altogether.

If your application is in before May 1st, you are automatically entered for 1 of 3 Academic scholarships worth $2500 (CAD) that, if successful, will be applied to the cost of your tuition.

It can take anywhere from 3-9 months for a study permit to be processed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. So send in your application as soon as you receive your offer of admission letter and confirmation of enrolment. Go to Visa Offices.

Sault College is a part of the Citizenship & Immigration Canada International Student Program and is a Designated Learning Institution (DLI # O19395677683).

Admission Requirements

To be accepted to study full-time at the College, the equivalent of a Ontario Secondary School Diploma (see below) at the College preparation level or higher is needed. Some programs require further studies. To study in a post-diploma program, you will need a high school diploma plus a College or University diploma or degree, please use the following link to see which programs have extra requirements: Programs

If you are interested in starting a program in January 2016, please use the following link for a list of programs (list is subject to change): Winter Intake 2016

The following is a list of Secondary school certificates, that are eligible to be considered for the application process.

Higher Secondary Certificate/Intermediate Certificate mark sheet

Diploma/Degree certificate, mark sheets for each year of study

About Sault College’s Health and Wellness Centre
The new $13.3 million Student Health & Wellness Centre is a vital component of our evolving college curriculum and involves the construction of a 40,000 square foot facility consisting of:

  • Academic labs to enhance student learning
  • Fitness rooms to promote student & employee health and wellness
  • Meeting space to host the sharing of ideas and information
  • New gymnasium to better accommodate varsity sports with a two-lane indoor track
  • New Student Life Centre

Along with offering a greatly improved fitness and recreation area for our students and community members, this project is critical to the curriculum of the College in programs of study such as:

  • Police Foundations
  • Protection Security and Investigation
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant/Physiotherapy Assistant
  • Fitness & Health Promotion.

The Sault College Students’ Union has identified the new building as a major priority with a commitment of $3.9 million towards this project. Their contribution combined with a significant portion of Sault College’s Inspiring Growth Capital Campaign funds, which includes a $1 million pledge from the City of Sault Ste. Marie, a $4 million grant from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and $1 million from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund made the new student centre a reality.


Summer Suites are available for rent nightly, monthly or summer-long stays for as little as $20/night. Double, single and super-single rooms are available.

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