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 Life||Our 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
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.
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.
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:
- 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
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?
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.
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.
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
New-foundations Career and Language Program
Posted July 10, 2019
Program Name Change – Home Support Worker/Personal Care Attendant changed to Personal Care Attendant
Posted June 27, 2019
Academy Canada website visitors are reminded that Home Support Worker/Personal Care Attendant is changed to Personal Care Attendant.
Program duration is also shortened to 26 weeks.
The page address is now changed to https://www.academycanada.com/faculty-of-health-and-personal-care/personal-care-attendant/.
Western Health, Academy Canada, and College of the North Atlantic Give Presentation About Health Career Opportunities
Posted May 31, 2019
On May 29, 2019, Western Health, Academy Canada, and College of the North Atlantic joined together at the Corner Brook campus to deliver an engaging presentation on health care employment opportunities with Western Health and educational programs available in the Western region of our fine province.
The session informed over 80 guests about current employment opportunities in Western Health, upcoming positions available at Western Health to support the new Long Term Care Facility opening in February 2020, the process for applying, and educational programs available at Academy Canada and College of the North Atlantic in health care professions.
It was a great collaborative effort which we hope will create many opportunities for graduates and employ them in Western Newfoundland!
Academy Canada, College of the North Atlantic, and Western Health gave presentations about current and future Health related career opportunities.
Sensory Friendly Shopping at Kelsey Drive Sobey’s
Posted May 10, 2019
Did you know that Sobey’s on Kelsey Drive, St. John’s, has a sensory-friendly shopping hour? Every Monday from 7:00 PM -8:30 PM, the store will have:
- Reduced lighting
- No PSA or scanner noises
- No cart collection
- Lower department noises
- Manager on duty will be at the store front for support and questions
What a wonderful idea!
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
If you have any questions, please call 576-0420.
Job Connect NL – Employment Services
Posted April 12, 2019
Law Enforcement Foundation Students Participate in Kelsey Drive Cleanup
Posted April 3, 2019
On April 3, 2019, Kenmount Road Campus “Law Enforcement Foundations” students did an early morning cleanup at St. John’s Kelsey Drive.
Over 20 bags of garbage were collected.
A big thank you to Kenmount Road Campus’ Law Enforcement Foundations students for doing their part for our environment.
Kelsey Drive cleanup pictures before and after.
“Women In Resource Development Corporation” Promotion
Posted March 29, 2019
Are you a woman who is training to work in the building and construction trades sector? If so, we would like to connect with you!
Tell WRDC what you think and you could win a $250.00 gift card.
Learn more about this initiative & sign up here: https://wrdc.ca/recruitment/women/
Greater St. John’s Board of Trade “Student Membership Special”
Posted March 26, 2019
The Greater St. John’s Board of Trade are now offering a Student Membership Special. Only $25.
Join and stay connected!!
For more information about how to purchase a Student Membership, please view the video below.
The Board of Trade is now offering student membership. Only $25! Join..get connected!
Posted by Academy Canada on Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Law Enforcement Foundations Student, Jason Hayward, Going For Gold
Posted February 12, 2019
Academy Canada wishes Kenmount Road Campus “Law Enforcement Foundations” student, Jason Hayward, best of luck at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta.
He will serve as Team Newfoundland and Labrador’s “Head Boxing Coach”
Best of luck, Jason!
Academy Canada Supporting The Community
Posted February 12, 2019
A major fire recently occurred at the Community Food Sharing Association warehouse, and food worth hundreds of thousands of dollars was destroyed. There wasn’t even one can of soup left!
Newfoundlanders and Labradorians came together, donating food and money to this essential service.
Our Kenmount Road Campus Law Enforcement Foundations students and instructor, Glenn King, also initiated fundraising activities, and successfully raised over $560.00 for the Community Food Sharing Association.
Through our community spirit and fundraising success activities, the Community Food Sharing Association is becoming replenished with food, money, and a new location.
The Kenmount Road Campus Law Enforcement Foundations class was also able to make an incredible donation of over $700.00 to our own campus food bank, which has been desperately low in both food and resources.
A big Thank You to Glenn King and his students for their tremendous efforts.
To continue our Food Bank service to Academy Canada students, food and money donations will be accepted at any time. They can be dropped off to Jenny at the Kenmount Road Campus front desk or Julie Yetman’s office.
Academy Canada thanks your for your continued support.
St. John’s Tool Library – Volunteer Opportunities
Posted February 4, 2019
Volunteer with the St. John’s Tool Library
Check out this call from our friends at the Tool Library…
We are looking for passionate volunteers to join our team and help us with tool library shifts, during workshops and helping us repair and maintain our inventory. No experience is necessary.
We will teach you how to operate our software, manage our inventory, and provide services to members. We are looking for volunteers that can help during out hours of operation (Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons and evenings, and Saturdays), and the occasional workshop during our off hours.
We are reliant on volunteers and wouldn’t exist without the work of our wonderful volunteers. Volunteer on an ongoing basis, for at least one three hour shift per month and get a free DIY Master Level Tool Library membership, and enjoy free access to Tool Library workshops.
To get in touch and find out more about tasks that are a part of volunteering, check out our website:
The Gathering Place – Volunteer Hairstylist
Posted January 30, 2019
The Gathering Place is an amazing community organization supporting those whom are homeless, living in less than desirable conditions, unemployed, or don’t have adequate social supports at a tough time in their lives.
They have a fully accessible Hairstyling Salon in their building but lack qualified volunteers to help their clients.
If you would like to enrich your skills, life, resume, and community, this might be a great volunteer opportunity.
To learn more, please feel free to call them at 753-3234 or email@example.com
Graduates Check This Out – “Genoa Design” Is Hiring
Posted January 24, 2019
A Mount Pearl based company has won a contract to design the Government of Canada’s non combat oriented ships.
Genoa Design are planning to hire up to 75 new employees to design the Government of Canada’s new offshore fisheries and science vessels.
Click here to check out the exciting CBC Newfoundland and Labrador website article entitled “Genoa Design CEO says ‘outlook is nothing but optimistic'”.
Western Health – Doorways
Posted January 10, 2019
Starting February 4, 2019, Western Health’s Doorways program is expanding.
If you need Mental Health or Addictions Counselling services, please see the poster below.
Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women
Posted December 19, 2018
In Budget 2018, the Government of Canada announced a new Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women to further support women in entering, progressing, and completing their training in Red Seal trades where women are under-represented.
The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women (AIG-W) is a taxable cash grant of $3,000 per year/level (or equivalent) up to a maximum amount of $6,000 per person.
Applications are now being accepted. For more information on eligibility requirements and to apply, please visit here.
Happy Ugly Sweater Day from Corner Brook Campus
Posted December 13, 2018
Program Name Change – Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal and Paint) (Pre-Employment) is changed to Auto Body and Collision Technician (Pre-Employment)
Posted November 28, 2018
Academy Canada website visitors are reminded that Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal and Paint) (Pre-Employment) is changed to Auto Body and Collision Technician (Pre-Employment).
The page address is also changed to https://www.academycanada.com/faculty-of-construction-trades-and-mining/auto-body-and-collision-technician/
Creating Opportunities and Breaking Down Barriers!!
Posted November 21, 2018
Academy Canada was proud to support the “Office To Advance Women Apprentices” and their participants whom went to the “National Women In Trades” Conference in Halifax.
It was our honour to assist “Office To Advance Women Apprentices” and all women you serve at Academy Canada (and all colleges)!
Looking Shaggy? Our Hairstylist Students Have You Covered
Did you know that Academy Canada’s Hairstylist studenst hold Client Days for the General Public?
Treat yourself on Mondays and Wednesdays in St. John’s, and Tuesdays in Corner Brook.
Appointments held from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Book early because they fill up quickly!
We’re pleased to offer Academy Canada students services for FREE. Best deals in town for everyone else.
To learn more or book an appointment call:
570-2744 in St. John’s.
637-2119 in Corner Brook
Congratulations to Theresa Caul
Posted November 20, 2018
Academy Canada is proud to partner with Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador.
We are thrilled that Theresa Caul won the Academy Canada Scholarship during their recent Awards Show. Way to go!
We’re very excited to have Theresa as part of the AC Nation and look forward to seeing you achieve even more.
Building Connections With Our Partners, including the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association (NLCA)
Posted November 19, 2018
Thanks to Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association for inviting College Representatives, Suzanne Jordan, Colleen Power, Angela Bennett, and James Loder, to present on our “Workterm Program” on November 19, 2018.
Hoping to build connections between our great employers and students!
Academy Canada’s apprenticeship and trades representatives give a presentation during the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association (NLCA) meeting.