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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 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.

Mandatory Face Mask Advisory

Effective August 24, 2020, Academy Canada students, staff, and instructors must wear a non-medical face mask while inside the building to conform with Newfoundland and Labrador Public Health regulations.

However, if you’re in a seated area, such as a classroom, or have a medical exemption, you have an option to take off your face mask.

When in doubt, wear a face mask.

Please be advised to wearing a non medical mask is no substitution for physical distancing, so please remain two metres apart from another person.

For more information about Newfoundland and Labrador’s “Non-Medical Mask (NMM) Use in Indoor Public Spaces” regulations, please visit the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s COVID-19 “Non-Medical Mask (NMM) Use in Indoor Public Spaces” page at

COVID-19 Vaccination Advisory

Newfoundland and Labrador Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, wishes to remind anyone aged 12 or older looking to book an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine to get it done.

You can book your appointment at

Happy “Pride Month”

June is “Pride Month”, a celebration to show everyone that love is universal regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

As part of celebrating “Pride Month”, the Corner Brook Campus displayed an Academy Canada sign in rainbow colours.

Corner Brook Campus administrators, Steve LeDrew (Vice Principal, left) and Colin Burridge (Principal, right), proudly display a sign to let the Academy Canada nation know that we are an inclusive college.

Hi Fall 2021 Students!!

Summer is starting soon, and that means that Fall will be coming right around the corner.

If you or a loved one is starting college this fall, you know that preparing for school is an exciting time, but it usually comes with lots of questions too.

To help answer those questions, our Admissions Team will be hosting virtual Q&A sessions throughout the month of June.

Families of students starting an AC program are invited to join for a short presentation about how to career plan, what to expect when applying for college, and to ask any questions on your mind.

All sessions will be virtual, and the dates are as follows.

Harding Road Campus:
June 8, 2021 at 7:00 PM

Kenmount Road Campus:
June 7, 2021 at 7:00 PM
June 14, 2021 at 7:00 PM

Corner Brook Campus:
June 17, 2021 at 7:00 PM
June 24, 2021 at 7:00 PM

To RSVP, email and we will send you the meeting link.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Key Dates 2020-2021 and 2021-2022

June 11, 2021 - Term 5 Ends
June 14, 2021 - Term 6 Begins
July 01, 2021 - Canada Day – No Classes
August 04, 2021 - Term 6 Ends
August 05, 2021 - Summer Break Begins
September 06, 2021 - Summer Break Ends
September 07, 2021 - Term 1 Begins
October 11, 2021 - Thanksgiving Day (No Classes)
October 12, 2021 - Staff Professional Development Day (No Classes For Corner Brook Campus)
October 29, 2021 - Term 1 Ends
November 01, 2021 - Term 2 Begins
November 11, 2021 - Remembrance Day (No Classes)
November 12, 2021 - Staff Professional Development Day (No Classes For St. John’s Campuses)
December 23, 2021 - Term 2 Ends
December 24, 2021 - Winter Break Begins (also known as Christmas Break)
January 06, 2022 - Winter Break Ends (also known as Christmas Break)
January 07, 2022 - Term 3 Begins
February 14, 2022 - Staff Professional Development Day (No Classes For St. John’s Campuses)
February 21, 2022 - Winter Carnival Day (No Classes for Corner Brook Campus)
February 25, 2022 - Term 3 Ends
April 14, 2022 - Staff Professional Development Day (No Classes For Corner Brook Campus)
April 15, 2022 - Spring Break Begins (also known as Easter Break)
April 22, 2022 - Spring Break Ends (also known as Easter Break)
April 29, 2022 - Term 4 Ends
May 02, 2022 - Term 5 Begins
May 12, 2022 - Convocation Day (St. John’s Campuses – No Classes)
May 13, 2022 - Staff Professional Development Day (No Classes For St. John’s Campuses)
May 23, 2022 - Victoria Day (No Classes)
June 17, 2022 - Term 5 Ends
June 17, 2022 - Convocation Day (Corner Brook Campus – No Classes)
June 20, 2022 - Term 6 Begins
June 30, 2022 - Staff Professional Development Day (No Classes For Corner Brook Campus)
July 01, 2022 - Canada Day (No Classes)
August 03, 2022 - Regatta Day (No Classes for St. John’s Campuses)
August 09, 2022 - Term 6 Ends
August 10, 2022 - Summer Break Begins
September 06, 2022 - 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.

Corona Virus (COVID-19) Prevention and Protection

About Corona Viruses

Human corona viruses cause infections of the nose, throat and lungs. They are most commonly spread from an infected person through:

  • Respiratory droplets generated when you cough or sneeze
  • Close, prolonged personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands

Current evidence suggests person-to-person spread is efficient when there is close contact.

Preventing Corona Viruses

At this time, there is no vaccine for COVID-19 or any natural health products that are authorized to protect against it.

If you have travelled to Hubei province, China, or Iran in the last 14 days, limit your contact with others for 14 days, starting the day you began your journey to Canada. This means self-isolate and stay at home. Contact the public health authority in your province or territory within 24 hours of arriving in Canada for advice.

If you have COVID-19, reduce contact with others

If you are sick, the following steps will help to reduce contact with others:

  • Stay at home and self-isolate (unless directed to seek medical care)
  • If you must leave your home, wear a mask or cover your mouth and nose with tissues, and maintain a 2-metre distance from others
  • Avoid individuals in hospitals and long-term care centres, especially older adults and those with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems:
    • Avoid having visitors to your home
    • Cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing and sneezing
    • Have supplies delivered to your home instead of running errands. Supplies should be dropped off outside to ensure a 2-metre distance

Being Prepared

It is important to know how you can prepare in case you or a family member become ill.


Proper hygiene can help reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food
    • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • When coughing or sneezing:
    • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand
    • Dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Clean the following high-touch surfaces frequently with regular household cleaners or diluted bleach (1 part bleach to 9 parts water):
    • Toys
    • Toilets
    • Phones
    • Electronics
    • Door Handles
    • Bedside Tables
    • Television Remotes

Wearing masks

If you are a healthy individual, the use of a mask is not recommended for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Wearing a mask when you are not ill may give a false sense of security. There is a potential risk of infection with improper mask use and disposal. They also need to be changed frequently.

However, your health care provider may recommend you wear a mask if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 while you are seeking or waiting for care. In this instance, masks are an appropriate part of infection prevention and control measures. The mask acts as a barrier and helps stop the tiny droplets from spreading you when you cough or sneeze.

Risk of Getting Corona Viruses

At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for the general population in Canada but this could change rapidly. There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians:

  • Aged 65 and over
  • With compromised immune systems
  • With underlying medical conditions

While a COVID-19 outbreak is not unexpected in Canada, our public health system is prepared to respond. PHAC, along with provincial, territorial and community partners, continues to reassess the public health risk, based on the best available evidence as the situation evolves.

The risk to Canadian travellers abroad will vary depending on the destination, as well as the person’s age and health status. There are some destinations where the Government of Canada recommends avoiding all travel or all non-essential travel. Check the latest travel health notices often before travelling.

As well, the risk for COVID-19 may be increased for certain settings such as:

  • Cruise ships
  • heavily affected areas
  • international conferences and other large gatherings in enclosed spaces

It is important for all travellers to:

  • Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough or difficulty breathing) for 14 days after returning to Canada
  • Avoid places where you cannot easily separate yourself from others if you become ill

If you have even mild symptoms, stay home and call the public health authority in the province or territory you are in to inform them. They will provide advice on what you should do.

We will continue to adapt our risk assessment based on the latest data available.

Products Shipped from China

Corona viruses generally do not survive on surfaces after being contaminated. The risk of spread from products shipped over a period of days or weeks at room temperature is very low.

There is no known risk of corona viruses entering Canada on parcels or packages coming from affected regions in China.

Animal-to-human infection in Canada

There is currently no evidence to suggest that this virus is circulating in animals in Canada. It is possible that some types of animals may be able to get infected with COVID-19, but it is not yet clear whether they would show symptoms.

There are still many unknowns about COVID-19 and this is an area that remains to be studied and understood.

Until we know more, if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have a pet or other animal:

  • Avoid close contact with them
    • Do not snuggle or kiss them, or let them lick you, sit on your lap, or sleep in your bed
  • Avoid coughing and sneezing on your animals
  • Have another member of your household care for your animals
    • if this is not possible, always wash your hands before touching or feeding them
  • Limit your animal’s contact with other people and animals
    • This may mean keeping them indoors

These recommendations will be updated as more information becomes available.

Animal-to-human infection in other countries

The current spread and growth of the COVID-19 outbreak is mainly associated with transmission from person to person. However, experts agree that the virus likely originated from bats and may have passed through another animal source (currently unknown) in China before being transmitted to humans.

It is recommended that individuals who travel to an affected country or region avoid contact with animals and animal products. This includes wild meat and markets that sell fresh meat, fish, produce and other perishable goods.

If you are considering travel, check the latest travel health notices for the most up-to-date travel advice prior to travelling.

Source: Health Canada “Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Prevention and risks” –

“Client Day Events and Clinics”

Kenmount Road Campus – Esthetics and Spa Management Services
Posted May 17, 2021

Summer is coming, and there’s no better time to treat yourself to a spa service.

Our Esthetics and Spa Management students are taking new clients.

Call them at 570-2746 for more information and to book your appointment.

Corner Brook Campus – Massage Therapy Clinic Days
Posted September 9, 2020
Updated May 13, 2021

Client Day activities have resumed at the Corner Brook Campus.

If anyone is interested in booking a Massage Therapy appointment, the phone number is 709-388-2022 and the email is

Service Fee is $15.00.

“Campus Life” Events and Articles

“Newfoundland and Labrador Public Sector Pensioners Association” Scholarships
Posted June 4, 2021

The “Newfoundland and Labrador Public Sector Pensioners Association” (NLPSPA) are now accepting applications for their scholarships.

Four scholarships, one valued at $2,000, one valued at $1,500, one valued at $1,000, and one valued at $500 will be awarded.

Applications must be a high school graduate; accepted and registered to attend a post secondary institution (must provide a copy of a “Letter of Acceptance” and “Letter on Enrolment”; provide two reference letters with one of them being from a Guidance Counsellor, Teacher, Instructor, or Professor; applicant or applicant’s family is an NLPSPA member; pursue a degree or diploma program; and provide a copy of final grades from high school or post secondary institution.

Please note that previous winners are ineligible to apply.

For more information about the NLPSPA scholarships, please click here.

Application deadline is August 13, 2021.

Soft Skills Workshops
Posted May 28, 2021

Academy Canada are so excited to announce our new, FREE soft skills workshops starting in June!

Topics include:

  • Working with Others
  • Oral Communication
  • Time Management, Planning & Goal Setting
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Personal Management, Adaptability & Self-Awareness

For more information or to sign up, contact us at

Congratulations Genoa Design
Posted May 28, 2021

Genoa Design is an industry-leading player in the global shipbuilding industry, and they are located in Mount Pearl.

Genoa has recently announced that they will be working with Seaspan to deliver Canada’s next Polar Icebreaker, a vessel that is urgently needed to support national security, environmental response operations, national sovereignty, search and rescue, northern communities, and year-round marine trade.

We are so proud that our Computer Aided Drafting graduates work at your ground (and ice) breaking local company!
To read more about the exciting news in the shipbuilding industry, see here:

For more information about Academy Canada’s Computer Aided Drafting program, see here:

Office To Advance Women’s Apprentices – Job Search Assistance
Posted October 16, 2020

If you’re a tradeswoman looking for work, or currently enrolled in a trades program, “Office to Advance Women Apprentices” can assist you with your job search; resume writing; interview prep; mentoring, and networking.

For more information, please visit the “Office To Advance Women’s Apprentices” website at

“Office to Advance Women Apprentices” Here To Help Women’s Tradespersons
Posted July 20, 2020

”The Office to Advance Women Apprentices are here to help female students and graduates in the Skilled Trades.

If you identify as female and are currently enrolled or a recent graduate in an apprentice program with Academy Canada, please contact Mary at to register.

We assist in a full range of services including job search assistance, wage subsidy and wrap around supports, this is a free service to you.

Register today and we can have you assisted for the subsidy program and may be able to assist with other barriers to employment that you identify in your training needs.

Office to Advance Women Apprentices, connecting apprentices with employers.

Canada Student Grant and Department of Advanced Education, Skills, and Labrador “Full Time Students – Additional Support” Changes
Posted July 2, 2020

The Newfoundland and Labrador “Department of Advanced Education, Skills, And Labour” wishes to remind all new and returning students that the Canada Student Grant for Full-time Students has doubled for the 2020-21 academic year for eligible students!

Eligible students can receive up to $6,000 in non-repayable grants.

In addition to the Canada Student Grant being doubled, full time students can also receive the following additional support for the 2020-2021 Academic Year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic:

  • Fixed Student Contribution will be waived for 2020-2021
  • Spousal Contribution will be waived for 2020-2021
  • CSG for Full-time Students increased up to $750 per month, (up to $9,000 per academic year)
  • CSG for Students with permanent disabilities increased to $4000 per academic year
  • CSG for Full-time Students with dependents increased up to $400 per dependent per month (up to $4,800 per academic year)
  • CSL for full-time Students increased up to $350 per week

For more information about changes to Advanced Education, Skills, and Labrador student support changes, please visit their website’s “Student Aid – Full Time Students” page at

Exciting News

Multimedia Graphic Design Student Creates Pride Billboard
Posted June 13, 2021

Multimedia Graphic Design student, Olivia Power, created a beautiful “Pride” themed billboard for “Kalon Beauty and Glow”.

You can see her work of art below.

Two Therapeutic Recreation Students Receive “Kevin Waterman” Scholarships
Posted May 19, 2021

Academy Canada are please to announce that two of our Therapeutic Recreation students won Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador’s “Kevin Waterman Scholarship”.

Breanna Pelley and Robyn Grouchy are this year’s scholarship winners.

Congratulations Breanna and Robyn.

Source: Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador – “Media Release: Recreation NL Award Student Scholarships”,

Cabot Ford Donates Truck To Harding Road Campus
Posted May 6, 2021

On May 5, 2021, Cabot Ford graciously donated a red Ford F-150 truck to Academy Canada for our Automotive Service Technician program.

According to Vice President Academic and Chief Operating Officer, Lisa Lovelady, the truck will be put to good use for hands-on teaching and learning activities in our Automotive Service Technician program.

This donation is a win-win as students benefit from learning opportunities and the automotive industry gains access to highly-skilled, work-ready graduates and prospective hires.

Ford is not only donating a truck, they are also giving our students access to their online Automotive Career Exploration training that aims to raise awareness and increase interest in career opportunities in the field.

Academy Canada thanks Ford for their gracious donations and helping our Automotive Service Technician gain the skills needed to compete in today’s rapidly changing automotive sector.

Academy Canada Vice President Academic and Chief Operating Officer, Lisa Lovelady (left), proudly accepts a donation of a 2020 Ford F-150 red truck from “Cabot Ford”.

Thank You Message To NL Health Care Workers Travelling Across Canada
Posted May 4, 2021

Academy Canada thanks our fellow Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who are travelling around the country to assist with COVID-19 efforts.

Avalon Ford Donates Truck To Harding Road Campus
Posted April 30, 2021

On April 30, 2021, Avalon Ford donated a new F-150 truck to the Harding Road Campus!

This F-150 will be used in our Automotive Service Technician program to help train our future Automotive Service Technicians.

Academy Canada thanks Avalon Ford for their Ford F-150 Truck Donation as well as helping our future Automotive Service Technicians gain skills they need.

Avalon Ford proudly donates their F-150 truck to the Harding Road Campus.

Corner Brook Campus “Auto Body and Collision Technician” Students Do Some Job Shadowing at Speedy Glass
Posted January 20, 2021

Corner Brook Campus “Auto Body and Collision Technician” students did some job shadowing at the Corner Brook Campus “Speedy Glass”.

They were honoured to host our future Auto Body Technicians.

We also had a surprise visitor near the Speedy Glass location, a moose sighting near the North Atlantic Gas Station on O’Connell Drive.

Thank you Speedy Glass for allowing our “Auto Body and Collision Technician” an opportunity to apply their skills to the real world.

Corner Brook Campus students did some job shadowing at the Speedy Glass location in Corner Brook.

“Auto Body and Collision Technician” students had a bit of a treat, a moose sighting near the North Atlantic gas station at Corner Brook’s O’Connell Drive location.

Photo Credits: Speedy Glass, Corner Brook location.

Academy Canada Joins Forces With Westmount Estates To Provide Services To The Retirement Community
Posted November 18, 2020
If you remember an old saying, there is strength in partnerships.

Academy Canada’s “Esthetics and Spa Management with Electrolysis” students gain hands on experience as we brighten a day for Westmount Estates’ residents with Hollywood style treatment with medicures, pedicures, and finish it off with a relaxing massage.

According to Lisa Lovelady, Academy Canada’s vice-president academic and chief operating officer, partnerships with Retirement Homes and other non-profit organizations gives students an opportunity to contribute to the community as well as gain hands on experience.

For Academy Canada and Westmount Estates, the plan is to offer the manicures and pedicures on Mondays and Fridays, with more services such as Hairstyling and Massages in the near future.

Thank you Westmount Estates for establishing partnerships with Academy Canada.

Source: Saltwire Network “Westmount Estates partners with Academy Canada to bring services to residents at Corner Brook retirement community” –

St. John’s Campus Therapeutic Recreation Students Lend A Hand At “The Gathering Place” Clothing Boutique
Posted February 10, 2020

“The Gathering Place” wishes to send a big thank you to Academy Canada’s Therapeutic Recreation program students for lending their hand at their Clothing Boutique to sort and organize the generous donations we receive.

They still have a need for gently used winter jackets and boots, so if you have an item that could be put to good use, please drop by The Gathering Place on Military Road to help those in need.

St. John’s Campus’ Therapeutic Recreation Students gave a helping hand sorting their clothing and footwear donations at their “Clothing Boutique”.

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Natural Resources Students Featured In “Northeast Avalon Times”

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