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So Much More Than Textbooks!

At Academy Canada we believe that college life is about more than books and lectures! It should be an opportunity to reinvent yourself, explore new things and meet interesting people…all while getting a quality education.

Our family (lovingly called “AC Nation”) works hard every year to find new ways to make your experience enjoyable. Whether you are looking for volunteer opportunities, athletic competition, social events or a way to pamper yourself, we’ve got activities that are sure to please.

Social LifeOur monthly on-campus socials and group outings are excellent opportunities to make new friends and have a ton of fun. We’re sure you’ll enjoy our activities for September Orientation, Halloween party, Christmas Talent Show, Winter Blah Busters, Valentine’s Day, St. Paddy’s Day and summer celebrations. If you have an idea for a new event we’d love to help you organize it!
Volunteerism:Over the last 30 years Academy Canada students and staff have volunteered more than three million hours with worthwhile community groups! They support amazing sports groups, community agencies and medical causes. We strongly support their spirit of giving and the difference it makes in the lives of others. Not only is it a great resume builder…it feels great! We’d be happy to help you find a cause that matches your passion.
Exposure to new ideas:The college routinely welcomes guest lecturers to speak to classes on a wide range of topics related to their field of training, the world of work or life in general.
Pampering:You work hard and deserve a break every once in a while. Don’t be afraid to take them. Several of our campuses offer free or virtually free weekly Client Day services to students to help them beat the stress. For example, you can get a haircut, coloring, braids or foils, scalp treatment, waxing, manicure/pedicure, electrolysis, make-up, facials, body wraps, LCN nails, or a massage…right on campus!
We can even give your cat or dog a special day out at our Animal Grooming Clinic. No other school can offer you those services!
Athletics:The college regularly hosts ball-hockey, softball, darts or other tournaments to help get the competitive sports flowing.
Great Food:Several of our campuses have cafeterias with catering services. At our Harding Road campus, for example, our in-house Chefs prepare daily specials that will make your mouth water.
Pet Therapy:Don’t be surprised if you regularly see amazing cats and dogs around campus. Our Animal Grooming and Veterinary Assistant programs welcome them to class all the time and they are always a highlight.
Picture It:Our Photographic Studies class is always looking for photo shoot models. Don’t be surprised if they pick you out of the crowd and ask to capture your beauty/handsomeness.

Key Dates 2018-2019 and 2019-2020

October 14, 2019 - Thanksgiving Day (No Classes)
October 25, 2019 - Term 1 Ends
October 28, 2019 - Term 2 Begins
November 11, 2019 - Remembrance Day (No Classes)
November 12, 2019 - Staff Professional Development Day (No Classes For Corner Brook and St. John’s Campuses)
December 20, 2019 - Term 2 Ends
December 23, 2019 - Winter Break (Christmas Break) Begins
January 03, 2020 - Winter Break (Christmas Break) Ends
January 06, 2020 - Term 3 Begins
February 17, 2020 - Winter Carnival Day (No Classes For Corner Brook Campus)
February 17, 2020 - Staff Professional Development Day (No Classes For St. John’s Campuses)
February 21, 2020 - Term 3 Ends
February 24, 2020 - Term 4 Begins
April 09, 2020 - Staff Professional Development Day (No Classes For Corner Brook Campus)
April 10, 2020 - Good Friday (No Classes)
April 10, 2020 - Spring Break (Easter Break) Begins
April 17, 2020 - Spring Break (Easter Break) Ends
April 24, 2020 - Term 4 Ends
April 27, 2020 - Term 5 Begins
May 14, 2020 - Convocation Day (St. John’s Campuses)
May 15, 2020 - Staff Professional Development Day (No Classes For St. John’s Campuses)
May 18, 2020 - Victoria Day (No Classes)
June 12, 2020 - Convocation Day (Corner Brook Campus)
June 12, 2020 - Term 5 Ends
June 15, 2020 - Term 6 Begins
July 01, 2020 - Canada Day (No Classes)
July 02, 2020 - Staff Professional Development Day (No Classes For Corner Brook Campus)
August 05, 2020 - Regatta Day (No Classes For St. John’s Campuses)
August 05, 2020 - Term 6 Ends
August 05, 2020 - Summer Break Begins
September 07, 2020 - Labour Day
September 08, 2020 - Summer Break Ends

Note:  If Regatta Day is postponed due to inclement weather, St. John’s campuses will still observe this holiday on the first Wednesday of August.

School Swag

Academy Canada students are a proud bunch! To help them show off their pride the college has partnered with Headline Promotions to offer school clothing through our Online Apparel Store. Students, staff and graduates can order school jackets, hats, sweatshirts, pants and other swag by clicking here.

AC Classifieds

Academy Canada and Eastern Academy have partnered to create a Facebook page called “AC/EA Classifieds.” It allows students and the public to advertise and trade college related items such as:

  • Accommodations
  • Items Available (must be course related)
  • Transportation Arrangements
  • Used Books

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: This Facebook page is provided for the use of students and service providers. The quality/reliability/price of services, products, vendors or consumers making offers here are not reviewed by either Academy Canada or Eastern Academy. We accept no responsibility for arrangements made through this page and encourage participants to use their own discretion. The Administrator of this page reserves the right to delete any inappropriate posts.

ABE On The Spot

Throughout the College Year, from September to June, Academy Canada releases a monthly e-newsletter entitled “ABE On The Spot”.

“ABE On The Spot” highlights the events, activities, achievements, and other milestones from our Adult Basic Education (ABE) students, staff, and instructor at each “ABE Learning Centre” each month.

Click a link below to view an “ABE On The Spot” e-newsletter for a specific month.

“Quick Task E-Mail Advisory”

Posted May 7, 2019

Recently, several individuals received what appeared to be an email with a subject line, “QUICK TASK”, asking for the person’s personal cellphone number.

This appears to be a phishing email.

Phishing is a social engineering attack type often used to steal user data, including login credentials and credit card numbers. It occurs when an attacker, masquerading as a trusted entity, dupes a victim into opening an email, instant message, or text message.

For those of you that have received the message, if you look closely, you’ll notice that it was actually sent from a Gmail account.

Academy Canada students, staff, and instructors are advised to please ignore/disregard and e-mail with a subject line “Quick Task”.

Will You Be Ready? Series

“Hiring Begins For Corner Brook Acute Care Hospital Build” – Will You Be Ready?
Posted September 16, 2019

On June 28, 2019, the Newfoundland and Labrador Government announced a winning consortium, Corner Brook Health Partnership, for one of the largest and most expensive projects in Western Newfoundland’s history, the Corner Brook Acute Care Hospital.

This hospital will be seven stories high and over 600,000 square feet of space.

In order to build this 600,000 square foot, 164 bed facility, the search for hundreds of skilled tradespeople to build this project is about to begin.

This project will add over 4,000 person years of employment, generating over $460 million to Newfoundland and Labrador’s Gross Domestic Project.

Corner Brook Health Partnership along with its affiliates, Plenary Group Ltd., PCL Constructors Canada Inc., Marco Services Ltd., and Johnson Controls Canada, will be hosting job fairs throughout Western Newfoundland to recruit skilled tradespeople for this project.

For more details about this project, please view the NTV News story entitled “Search about to begin for tradespeople to build new Corner Brook hospital” below:

Will you be ready?


“More Women Looking to Trades for a Promising Career Path” – Will You Be Ready?
Posted September 12, 2019

While attracting more women to work in the skilled trades has been an ongoing issue, colleges are now doing a better job attracting them.

For more information about women looking for trades as a promising career path, please click here to read the VOCM news article entitled “More Women Looking to Trades for a Promising Career Path”.

Will you be ready?


Labour Shortage Has Atlantic Canadian Employers Sweetening Job Offers – Will You Be Ready?
Posted September 9, 2019

According to “The Guardian” article entitled “Labour Shortage Has Atlantic Canadian Employers Sweeting Job Offers”, a combination of demographic changes, skills mismatches, competition for skilled labour, and a move away from traditional occupations are creating a perfect storm for the Atlantic Provinces, a looming labour shortage.

A tight job market in many Atlantic Canadians cities such as Halifax, Moncton, Saint John, and St. John’s where unemployment rates are below 8% are also making the labour shortage worse.

While the skilled trades sector are known for its labour shortage, other traditional occupations are experiencing it, notably Salespeople.

Labour shortages not only impact various sectors, but if not address, can also ruin many businesses as well as the economy.

According to Robert Hogue, Royal Bank of Canada’s Chief Economist, a mixture of solutions, including increasing compensation and retention bonuses, teaming up with trades and community colleges, and changing government policies and regulations to reflect the labour realities are needed to address the looming labour shortage.

If businesses, post secondary system, and government can work together to address the looming labour shortage, the Atlantic Provinces have a potential to become an economic powerhouse.

Please click here to read “The Guardian” article entitled “Labour Shortage Has Atlantic Canadian Employers Sweetening Job Offers” to learn more.

Will you be ready?


Canada needs at least 167,000 new apprentices in the next five years – Will You Be Ready?
Posted July 13, 2019

A recent Statistics Canada and Canadian Apprenticeship Forum report states that Canada needs to attract 167,739 new apprentices over the next five years just to keep pace with current demand.

That is just a conservative or low estimate.

Since these figures don’t include Quebec, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Yukon, the projected needs for new apprentices is actually much higher.

Not only is Canada facing a need for apprentices, but also Red Seal Journeypersons as Canada experienced at least 60,170 job vacancies in Red Seal trades.

With more people leaving than entering the skilled trades, the demand for new apprentices and Red Seal Journeypersons are expected to rise in the next five years.

Some skilled trades are facing much greater demands such as Steamfitter/Pipefitters, Iron Workers, Insulators, Metal Fabricators, Tile Setters, Landscape Horticulturalists, Rig Technicians, and Automotive Service Technicians.

With Canada facing a large skilled trades shortage, the Canadian economy will need more tradespeople, including apprentices and Red Seal Journeypersons, to meet the growing demand.

Please click here to read the CBC News Article entitled “Here’s where Canadians are finding well-paying jobs in the trades” to learn more.

Will you be ready?


St. John’s To Benefit From Oil Boom – Will You Be Ready?
Posted July 10, 2019

Newfoundland and Labrador’s oil industry is now booming, fueling a rosy economic forecast for the St. John’s area.

Increased capital investment that West White Rose oil development and Voisey’s Bay, along with a significant increase in oil production, will spur large GDP growth for the Greater St. John’s area.

While economic diversification is important, the oil sector’s recovery will be a key to St. John’s’ boom.

Will you be ready.

Click here to read the VOCM news article entitled “”Oil Powering Robust Economic Forecast in St. John’s” to learn more.


Largest Infrastructure Project In Western Newfoundland’s History Is About To Begin – Will You Be Ready?
Posted July 2, 2019

On June 28, 2019, the Newfoundland and Labrador Government announced a winning consortium for one of the largest and most expensive projects in Western Newfoundland’s history, the Corner Brook Acute Care Hospital.

This hospital will be seven stories high and over 600,000 square feet of space.

In order to build this 600,000 square foot, 164 bed facility, Corner Brook Health Partnership will need to hire hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of skilled tradespeople throughout Western Newfoundland as well as the entire province, or even throughout Atlantic Canada.

This project will add over 4,000 person years of employment, generating over $460 million to Newfoundland and Labrador’s Gross Domestic Project.

Corner Brook Health Partnership along with its affiliates, Plenary Group Ltd., PCL Constructors Canada Inc., Marco Services Ltd., and Johnson Controls Canada, will be hosting job fairs throughout Western Newfoundland to recruit skilled tradespeople for this project.

Will you be ready for one of the largest projects in Western Newfoundland history?

Please click here to read “The Western Star” article entitled “Province aiming to have more local workers hired for Corner Brook hospital project” to learn more.


Corner Brook To Become A Construction Hotbed – Will You Be Ready?
Posted June 24, 2019

According to “The Telegram” article entitled “Corner Brook mayor hopes city will be a hotbed of construction”, Corner Brook Mayor, Jim Parsons, is bullish on the potential major construction project opportunity the Western Newfoundland city will experience over the next few years.

In fact, several major projects are on the horizon for Corner Brook, including a new 145 bed long term care facility, Corner Brook Pulp and Paper upgrades, Grenfell Campus pool renovations, and projects to improve its dynamic tourism sector.

While these major construction projects will be a boom for Corner Brook, it will impose some challenges such as a high median age of 48 years along with a third of their population over age 60. A result is a major demand for not only service and retail sector employees, but also skilled tradespeople needed for these projects.

Due to these demographic challenges, Corner Brook will need skilled tradespeople more than ever to meet their growing construction demands.

Will you be ready?

Source: “The Telegram” “Corner Brook mayor hopes city will be a hotbed of construction”, https://www.thetelegram.com/business/corner-brook-mayor-hopes-city-will-be-a-hotbed-of-construction-325230/


Prince Edward Island needs at least 500 construction tradespeople over the next five years
Posted June 11, 2019

According to the Construction Industry Association of PEI, labour market projections are showing a need for 500 new tradespeople over the next five years.

While Carpenters are in the greatest demand, so are the need for Electricians, Landscapers, Plumbers, Electricians, Equipment Operators, Truck Drivers, Estimators, and Senior Management.

With a growing demand for tradespeople in Prince Edward Island, will you be ready?

Please click here to learn more.


N.L.’s construction labour force needs to evolve to handle the next surge in investment
Posted May 24, 2019

According to “The Western Star” news article entitled “N.L.’s construction labour force needs to evolve to handle the next surge in investment”, while the last few years have seen a downturn in major construction projects, the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council strong believes that it could be short lived.

The early to mid 2020s could be something special for Newfoundland and Labrador as numerous oil, natural gas, aquaculture, and cannabis based projects along with oil exploration activity are about to happen.

Along with a potential $7-billion Bay du Nord project, existing offshore projects will experience some expansion activity over the next few years and over $4 billion of exploration activity planned that will provide a boost in the medium term. Major international oil companies like BP, BHP Billiton and CNOOC builds on the success and knowledge of established companies to expand the Newfoundland offshore into a more mature oil basin.

In addition to major oil and gas exploration, Newfoundland and Labrador are expected to experience growth in aquaculture and marijuana manufacturing projects.

While these minor and major construction projects are great news for Newfoundland and Labrador, competing for local labour supply will be a challenge, especially against a planned Liquidfied Natural Gas (LNG) project in British Columbia, or Shipbuilding, port construction, LNG, and mineral exploration projects in Nova Scotia.

Another challenge facing the Construction Industry are their aging labour force as the average age for Construction Workers in Newfoundland and Labrador is 55, meaning a greater demand for skilled tradespeople than ever before.

With numerous major construction projects about to happen in Newfoundland and Labrador, along with increased competition and aging workforce, tradespeople will be in greater demand than ever before.

To read more about Newfoundland and Labrador’s growing demand for skilled tradespeople in the Construction Industry along with facing tougher competition, please click here to read “The Western Star” news article entitled “GUEST COLUMN: N.L.’s construction labour force needs to evolve to handle the next surge in investment” at.

Will you be ready?


Skilled Trades Workers Are Wooing Youth As Shortage Looms
Posted May 21, 2019

According to the CBC Ottawa news article entitled “Skilled trade workers wooing youth as shortage looms”, tradespeople are trying to persuade young people to consider construction trades for a career as a shortage looms.

According to Ontario Construction Secretariat’s CEO, Robert Bronk, Ontario’s construction industry will need about 100,000 additional tradespeople across the province.

Will you be ready?

For more information, please click here to read the CBC Ottawa news article entitled “Skilled trade workers wooing youth as shortage looms”.


Newfoundland and Labrador’s Construction Industry Is Gaining Steam Through Small Projects
Posted March 8, 2019

While Newfoundland and Labrador’s major projects such as Muskrat falls are winding down, small scale and independent projects are in greater demand.

According to the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association Chairperson and Academy Canada Director, James Loder, the Construction Industry’s biggest challenge is to find people to fill these jobs as more existing tradespeople retire.

For more information about our Construction Industry’s increasing demands for more skilled tradespeople, please read the VOCM Website’s “Construction Industry Building Steam Through Small Projects: NLCA” at http://vocm.com/news/construction-industry-building-steam-through-small-projects-nlca/.

Will you be ready?


British Columbia Facing Skills Shortage Challenge
Posted January 28, 2019

Over the next few years, up to 15,000 skilled trade workers will be needed for several major projects in British Columbia including Site C Dam, LNG Canada, Coastal GasLink, and possibly Trans Mountain Pipeline.

Many more could be needed for other civic and housing projects throughout British Columbia.

For more information about exciting skills trades opportunities in British Columbia, please click here to read the article entitled “Skills shortage challenge: B.C.’s skilled labour pains about to become acute”.

Will you be ready?


Exciting News

Therapeutic Recreation Scholarship
Posted April 26, 2019

Recreation NL’s “Kevin Waterman Student Scholarship” will now be offered in the fall, rather than the spring of the year.

They offer instructors teaching recreational programs the opportunity to nominate up to two students student(s) for this scholarship valued at $500 each.

Over the last number of years, it has been awarded at the Recreation NL Annual Awards Banquet. They are currently reviewing the scholarship program, and aim to present the scholarship(s) this fall.

Further details will be available in September.

For more information about Recreation NL’s “Kevin Waterman Scholarship”, please click here to visit their website’s “Student Scholarship Program” page.


Administrative Professionals Day
Posted April 26, 2019

Administrative Professionals are a key to keeping our campuses operational, including Academy Canada.

As a way to show appreciation for them, the St. John’s campuses celebrated Administrative Professionals Day on April 24.

Jenny Holloway, Kenmount Road Campus “Administrative Assistant”, and Darlene Whalen, Kenmount Road Campus “Admissions Administrative Assistant”, received their bouquet of flowers during Administrative Professionals Day.

Shandelle Sellars, Harding Road Campus “Administrative Assistant”, receives a bouquet of flowers as a way to appreciate her efforts during Administrative Professionals Day.


Sounds Yummy!!
Posted April 6, 2019

Academy Canada is partnering with the Association for New Canadians to offer an interesting program this year.

We’ll be training newcomers to start and operate a Food Truck specializing international cuisine. We’re very pumped for this class.

Check out the story at the CBC mention at the 42:00 min mark.

http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1472899139975/


Academy Canada “A Real Buzz” With New Greenhouse Production Program
Posted April 3, 2019

According to the CBC Newfoundland and Labrador website news article entitled “Want to work in a budding industry? Legal cannabis prompts college’s new greenhouse program”, its not often a post-secondary school offers its graduates opportunities in a brand new and exciting field, cannabis growth and production.

Academy Canada is capitalizing on the recreational cannabis legalization with our exciting new Greenhouse Production program projected to start in September 2019.

To read the CBC Newfoundland and Labrador news story entitled “Want to work in a budding industry? Legal cannabis prompts college’s new greenhouse program”, please click here.

Want to learn more about the Greenhouse Production program? Please visit the Greenhouse Production page at https://www.academycanada.com/faculty-of-animal-care-and-nature/greenhouse-production/.

Other “Campus Life” Events and Articles

Academy Canada To Have An Active Role During “Corner Brook Pride Week”
Posted September 13, 2019

On September 16, 2019, Academy Canada Corner Brook Campus will be raising the iconic “Rainbow Pride” flag to celebrate “Corner Brook Pride Week”.

Raising the “Rainbow Flag” during “Corner Brook Pride Week” shows that Academy Canada is a safe learning environment for everyone regardless of sexual orientation.

Corner Brook Campus Program Coordinator, Steve LeDrew, and Principal, Colin Burridge, proudly display the “Rainbow Pride” flag to show that love is universal.

Academy Canada welcomes all students to a safe learning environment regardless of sexual orientation.


NLCC Service Group
Posted September 13, 2019

Newfoundland and Labrador Chinese Canadian Service Group, or NLCC Service Group for short, provides the following services to assistance clients wishing to quickly adapt to life in Newfoundland and Labrador:

  • Real Estate Service
  • Research Cost of Living
  • Social and Professional Connections
  • Resume/Paper Editing
  • Landing Service
  • Study/Work Visa Application
  • Professional Business Assistance
  • Hospitality Service
  • Tourism Service
  • Volunteer and Job Opportunities
  • Asian Business Market research

For more information about the NLCC Service Group, please visit their website at http://www.nlccinvestmentgroup.com/.


New-Fundations Career and Language Program – August 2019
Posted July 31, 2019

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Academy Canada Campuses Raise The “Rainbow Flag”

On September 16, 2019, staff and students gathered at the Academy Canada Corner Brook, Kenmount Road, Harding Road to raise the “Rainbow Flag” to acknowledge the beginning of Corner Brook’s “Pride Week…

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