North Bay is home to Nipissing University and Canadore College, several private colleges, training institutions, vocational schools, and four school boards. With a wide range of educational institutions and programs, students have the opportunity to begin learning in junior kindergarten and complete their studies with a master's degree, without ever leaving North Bay.

North Bay’s labour force (population aged 15 years and over by labour force status, 25% sample data, 2021 Census of Population) is comprised of approximately 43,890 individuals. Over 83% of North Bay's population, 15 years of age and over, achieved high school diplomas and over 56% have graduated from a trade school, (technical) college or university. 




Highest level of educational attainment %
No certificate, diploma or degree17
High school diploma or equivalent27
Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma6
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma29
University certificate or diploma below bachelor level1.5
Bachelor's degree or higher19.5
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Post-Secondary Education

Several post-secondary institutions are located in North Bay and offer full-time and part-time programs. The scope of programs offered ranges from arts, sciences, humanities, technology, business, apprenticeships, adult learning, and more.

Nipissing University

Situated on a beautiful 720-acre campus, Nipissing University has a reputation for excellence in teacher education, arts, science, and professional programs. Students will find themselves in a high quality academic environment that is student-focused and based on personal teaching practices, innovative approaches to learning, and a growing research culture.

Canadore College

Canadore College has three easily accessible North Bay campuses, which include the School of Aviation Technology located at Jack Garland Airport, the technical/trades campus at Commerce Court, and the arts and science campus at the Education Centre. The Education Centre, co-located with Nipissing University, resides on a pristine 720-acre site on the escarpment. Canadore College offers small classes focusing on key academic sectors.

Collège Boréal–West Nipissing Campus

The only French-language college in Northern Ontario, Collège Boréal offers the large Francophone population of Ontario a chance to continue their education in their first language. It offers a wide range of programs, services, and products which prepare students to integrate into a bilingual labour market. The College also offers French as a Second Language courses to meet the needs of the English speaking population.

CTS Canadian Career College

CTS Canadian Career College offers accelerated, practical programs leading to specific careers in areas such as health, business, technology, and law.

Contact North

Contact North’s access Centre is co-located within Canadore College-Commerce Court and offers distance education technologies such as audioconferencing, videoconferencing, web conferencing, computer workstations and high-speed Internet allowing students to connect to their programs and courses.

Modern College of Hairstyling and Esthetics

Modern College of Hairstyling & Esthetics is a registered private career college that has been educating the beauty industry since 1955.

NETC Native Education & Training College

Native Education & Training College of Business, Healthcare, Human Service & Technology is a non-profit post-secondary college.

School Boards

North Bay is home to four school boards that include English and French Public and Catholic Boards.

English Public School Board
Near North District School Board

English Catholic School Board
Nipissing Parry-Sound Catholic School Board

French Public School Board
Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario

French Catholic School Board
Conseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord

Private Institutions

North Bay has several private educational institutions. They include:

Montessori Learning Centre

Montessori Learning Centre offers full time, part time as well as before and after school programs to suit individual needs.

Kumon of North Bay

Kumon’s after-school academic enrichment program offers tutoring services to help children achieve success.

Oxford Learning North Bay

Students of Oxford Learning participate in a personalized learning experience that engages and fires them up for a lifetime of learning.

North Bay Literacy Council

The North Bay Literacy Council is an organization of volunteers that helps individuals improve their reading, writing and math skills - each according to need.

Tutor Doctor

Tutor Doctor specializes in affordable 1 on 1 in-home tutoring for all grades and subjects. They offer free consultations and guarantee their teacher-student matches.

Issachar Christian Academy

Issachar's mission is to raise up a generation of children who will have a solid foundation based on biblical truth, who will be equipped to lead in all areas of society.