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Academy Canada Launches An Exciting New Partnership With Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association (NLCA)

Academy Canada are pleased to announce a new partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association (NLCA).

This partnership represents our joint commitment to create an innovative online platform that will help NLCA members enhance their knowledge and skills.

Learn more about this partnership at

Are you a student who needs housing? Check out our new service in partnership with SpacesShared!

Academy Canada is proudly teaming up with SpacesShared, an innovative online homesharing platform, to help solve the growing challenge of affordable student housing.

SpacesShared pairs students with older adult hosts, providing them with housing needs while training for exciting careers.

If you’re a new or existing student who needs housing, give SpacesShared a try.

Learn more about this program at or the SpacesShared website at

Events and Articles

Posted April 8, 2024

Academy Canada is advising our college community of measles outbreaks being reported in Newfoundland and Labrador. Please exercise caution when travelling during the spring break.

Click here to learn how to protect yourself during the current measles outbreak.

Posted May 13, 2024

Don't forget that applications to graduate and attend this year's Corner Brook Convocation Ceremony are due this Friday, May 17, 2024.

Please check your student email or contact the campus for more information.

This year's ceremony will take place at the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre on June 27, 2024, and we can't wait to see you there!


Posted April 25, 2024

Hey Early Childhood Education graduates!!

Did you graduate on or before June 30, 2024?

Association of Early Childhood Educators of Newfoundland and Labrador encourages you to apply now for the ECE Graduate Bursary before its too late!

Applicants could be eligible for a bursary up to $7,500.

For more information, visit or contact our bursary and grants department at 709-726-3044 or

April 24, 2024

Academy Canada are excited to announce a new collaboration between educational institutions in Newfoundland and Labrador and St. Lucia.

Academy Canada has joined the International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) as an Atlantic Partner. Through our training partners at Memorial University’s Marine Institute in Newfoundland and Labrador and Sir Arthur Lewis Community College in St. Lucia, we’ll be helping create diverse experiential learning opportunities for Canadian youth. Areas of study will include Coastal Resource Management, Marine Conservation, Marine Engineering, and Welding.

Learn more about this incredible opportunity here:

The next round of applications for this program will open in September 2024, and Academy Canada students are encouraged to apply.

Stay tuned for future updates about this exciting new program!

Posted April 24, 2024

Administrative professionals are the heart and engine of every organization.

Today is Administrative Professionals Day and it is a great opportunity to celebrate the hard work and contributions of the administrative professional staff at our campuses and offices.

A heartfelt thank you to Paula, Kim, Brittany, Melyssah, and Billiejean!

You are all essential Academy Canada team member and family.

We couldn't succeed without you!

Posted April 22, 2024

From April 21 - 27, 2024, we're celebrating the dedicated graduates of our Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist program who pursue this career path.

Veterinary Receptionists play a crucial role in the smooth operation of animal care facilities. They are often the first friendly face and voice that clients encounter, providing compassionate service, scheduling appointments, billing, directing communication, and making sure the clinic runs smoothly. Their commitment ensures that both pets and their owners receive the care and attention they deserve.

To all the professionals in this field, your hard work and dedication are truly appreciated.

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of animals and their human companions every day!

Check out this website for links and resources:

Posted April 11, 2024

On April 11, 2024, St. John’s admissions team members were at Waterford Valley High to provide career planning and training information.

Waterford Valley High Warriors, David and Brianna, are looking forward to chatting with you about career planning, training and education options, and much more.

Academy Canada booth at Waterford Valley High!!

Posted February 5, 2024

Academy Canada loves sharing space with the great team at Virginia Park Community Centre and supporting the amazing work done with Food First NL's "Food on the Move"!

"Food on the Move" is a Food First NL operated social enterprise.

Their pop-ups are a place to buy the food you want, in spaces that are welcoming, at an affordable price.

Food on the Move is for everyone!

Check out their schedule of upcoming events in St. John's here:

Posted October 23, 2023, Updated December 17, 2023

For a limited time, simply make your employer aware of the $10,000 Apprenticeship Support Project (ASP) Grant, and AES Inc. will give you $500!

How it works:

  • Register to promote the grant and immediately get $100.
  • Successfully apply for the grant with your employer and pocket another $400!

The details:

If you’re a student in one of the 39 Red Seal trades included in the ASP and you haven’t passed a Level 1 exam yet, you’re eligible! For a full list of the 39 qualifying trades, please visit:

Ready to pocket $500? Register today!
Call: 1.844.245.3571
Don’t miss out!

Find “a pocket” of time to quickly register. You can enhance your career, help your employer, and walk away with $500 in the process!

Please visit for more information and eligibility requirements for employers.

Posted December 15, 2023

Holiday spirit is in full swing at all of our campuses!

Each year before winter break, the staff at the Harding Road campus get together to prepare a free breakfast for all students.

This year's was a hit as usual!

Thanks to all the staff who helped out (on cooking, serving or clean-up duty) and all the students who stopped by to grab some food throughout the morning of December 15, 2023.

We would also like to send a shout-out to the great group of Harding Road staff and students who took turns staffing the Salvation Army Christmas kettles at the Avalon Mall on December 8, 2023.

Way to go, everyone!

Staff members prepare a delicious breakfast for Harding Road Campus students.

Harding Road Campus students, staff, and instructors enjoy a much deserved Christmas Breakfast.

With many families struggling to put food on their plates, Harding Road Campus were happy to do their Christmas Kettle duty with "The Salvation Army" on December 8, 2023.

Posted December 15, 2023

Tune in to the EdUp episode featuring a conversation with Michael Sangster, National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) President and CEO, and Goldy Hyder, Business Council of Canada (BCC) President and CEO.

They explore various aspects of career training, including critical labuor shortages and the regulated career colleges vital role in delivering fast and forward-thinking training to address these gaps.

Academy Canada is a NACC member, a group that has supported members and students of regulated career colleges since 1896.

Tune in for future episodes of EdUp or visit them on socials to learn more about the challenges and opportunities shaping the landscape of career education.

Posted December 14, 2023

On December 14, 2023, Corner Brook Campus got into the festive spirit with their best ugly sweaters.

Posted December 14, 2023

Sending a big thanks to Steele Preowned - Corner Brook for the generous donation of this Chevrolet Trax!

Special shout out to Managers Wallace Loder and Dion Lannon for making this happen, and for your support of our Autobody and Collision Technician program!

Brandon Porter, Academy Canada's Operations Assistant, with Nicole Sparkes, Product Advisor at Steele Pre-owned Steele Sales Team.

Posted December 8, 2023

On November 28, 2023, Sophie's Pet Boutique had our annual Christmas Party.

This year, they extended their invitation to Academy Canada Students who successfully completed their animal grooming work.

A wonderful evening with many laughs.

They hope to do it again next year.

Sophie's Pet Boutique invited their Academy Canada's Animal Grooming Professional interns to a Christmas Party on November 28.

Posted December 1, 2023

On December 1, 2023, our Therapeutic Recreation students visited "Bishop's Gardens Senior Living" to provide games and activities for their tenants.

They enjoyed our own version of "Wheel of Fortune" as well as some "NL Hobbies Trivia".

Special thanks to "Bishop's Gardens Senior Living" for allowing our Therapeutic Recreation students to visit.

Bishop's Gardens Senior Living playing a "Wheel of Fortune" style game.

"Wheel of Fortune is a registered trademark of Sony Pictures Television Studios and Califon Productions.

Therapeutic Recreation students host a game of "NL Hobbies Trivia".

Posted November 27, 2023

The holidays are coming, and our Kenmount Road Esthetics students are looking for hair removal clients!

Benefit from discounted service rates and help a student complete their training.

See below for pricing list, and please contact to inquire about services and to book an appointment.

Hair Removal Service List:

  • Eyebrow Shaping - $5
  • Upper Lip - $5
  • Arm/Hands - $10
  • Chin/Neck - $10
  • Back - $10+
  • Chest - $10+
  • Abdomen - $5
  • Underarms - $10
  • Bikini Line - $15
  • Full Legs - $25
  • Half-Leg - $15
  • Full-Legs and Bikini Line - $35

Posted November 22, 2023

Our Kenmount Road Esthetics students are currently perfecting their Artistic Nail enhancement skills and are offering the following services FREE of charge:

  • Square French tipped or sculpture applications (full set of nails) - FREE
  • Square French sculpture applications (full set of nails) - FREE

Also being offered:

Gel polish manicure applications (shellac applications) - $10 charge

The appointment times are as follows:

  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 8:15am and 1:15pm
  • Thursdays and Fridays: 9:30am

Please note the following:

  • As the students are perfecting their skills, please allow up to 4 hours for a full set of gel nails
  • Appointment times vary for gel polish applications, and please allow 60-75 minutes for gel polish manicures
    With the holidays approaching, it is a great time to treat yourself and help our future estheticians complete their training.

Please email to book an appointment!

Posted November 5, 2023

Academy Canada are pleased to announce that we won the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association's (NLCA) "Professional Service Award of Excellence".

These awards were given during the NLCA's "Awards Gala" on November 4, 2023.

We thank the NLCA for their continued support towards this province's Construction industry.

Academy Canada's representatives proudly accept their "Professional Service Award of Excellence" during the NLCA's Awards Gala.

Posted November 2, 2023

Academy Canada are absolutely thrilled to be nominated for the St. John's Board of Trade Community Champion Award!

Congratulations to all of the nominees.

Posted October 30, 2023

Some Veterinary Assistants also serve as Exam Room Managers.

Their role is to ensure that Veterinary hospitals run efficiently while providing the best care possible for our fur babies.

This information provided is courtesy of CBS Animal Hospital.

Posted October 27, 2023

NL West SPCA sends a huge thank you our Massage Therapy students for their generous donation to help our animals!

They paid this money directly on our vet bill and it is a great help!

Academy Canada are proud of our Massage Therapy students for supporting the NL West SPCA

Massage Therapy students made a big difference to animals in need with a donation to the NL West SPCA.

Posted October 25, 2023

A message from the CBS Animal Hospital about a Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist's role.

Posted October 13, 2023

On October 12, 2023, Penny paid a visit to our Animal Grooming Student Salon, and our talented students worked their magic.

She left looking and feeling fabulous, with a vibrant splash of colour to showcase!

Congratulations to Katie Miller, the recipient of the 2023 Massage Addict scholarship valued at $1,000!

Katie is a second-year Massage Therapy student who has continuously demonstrated a solid commitment to her studies and profession.

In addition to maintaining strong attendance and academic records, she brings a positive attitude and compassion to the classroom and clinic.

Keep up the great work, Katie! This recognition is well-deserved and your future is bright.

We also send a heartfelt thanks to Massage Addict for your continued support of our program and students!

Massage Therapy student, Katie Miller, proudly accepts her $1,000 Massage Addict scholarship.

Posted October 12, 2023

Our Therapeutic Recreation program was lucky to host recent visitors from THREE amazing community organizations! We always appreciate opportunities for our students to meet and learn from practitioners across various disciplines within their field. These sessions not only inspire them on their own journeys, but also keep them informed about exciting industry news and upcoming career opportunities.

Huge thanks to SeniorsNL, Canadian Hard of Hearing Association - Newfoundland and Labrador, and CNIB for taking the time to visit and share your knowledge.

Therapeutic Recreation students hosted three different organizations they shared their knowledge to tomorrow's leaders.

Posted September 29, 2023

Posted March 23, 2023

On March 22, 2023, Academy Canada Massage Therapy students and their instructor, Ashley Yetman, provided massage services to Westbury Estates Senior Living residents.

Academy Canada thanks Westbury Estates for having us participate.

Academy Canada Massage Therapy Students provide a relaxing massage to Westbury Estates patrons.

Posted March 17, 2023

On March 17, 2023, Chef Bernie Ann Ezekiel and her Cooking students prepared healthy and hearty breakfast at Ronald McDonald House.

When parents have a home away from home as their children are battling cancer, Ronald McDonald House and our Cooking students are here to brighten their day.

Ronald McDonald House thanks Academy Canada Culinary Class for spending their early morning in our kitchen.

A hearty breakfast is a welcomed way to start a busy day at the hospital.

Our kitchen programs are a great way to show support; a group can be coworkers, friends, family! We have openings for the rest of the year.

Help make a difference to parents and guardians of children who are battling cancer, sign up to be a volunteer at

Academy Canada's Culinary Arts (Cook) students prepared healthy meals for families staying at Ronald McDonald House, making their experience a home away from home.

Posted November 9, 2022

Employers: does your industry need a strong applicant pool to be competitive in the marketplace?

With your input, Academy Canada can deliver training programs (trades and/or non-trades) at our campuses to support your skill requirements.

If you've identified current or future skills gaps in your industry, we want to hear from you.

Let's begin a conversation. Contact Pauline Maxwell, Deptartment Head of Program Development, at to get started.

Early Childhood Education Resources

Posted February 6, 2024

The importance of retention in the ELCC (Early Learning and Child Care) workforce has been consistently and repeatedly documented.

Focusing on the well-being of ECEs (Early Childhood Educators) to enhance workforce retention starts a domino effect of improving the quality of the early learning environment which then improves the outcomes for the mental and physical health of children. These outcomes provide the foundation for children to go on to become adults with healthy lifestyles. The investment in the ELCC workforce, therefore, is linked to the return seen through the improved educational outcomes, increased labour force participation, and decreased health costs once those children become adults.

Check out the Early Childhood Educators Human Resources Council website resources at, including articles such as “Why ECE Retention Matters,” “Economic Benefits of ELCC,” and “Universal Benefits of ELCC” to learn more!

Source:  Early Childhood Educators Human Resources Council

Posted December 17, 2023

Early Childhood Educators Human Resources Council provides fantastic resources to learn more about this rewarding field.

According to the Early Childhood Educators Human Resources Council, Education is essential to a person’s development.

The education that an Early Childhood Educator (ECE) receives impacts the programming quality they provide to children. This is why it is important that the broader community supports this sector.

The domino effect of educated ECEs ensuring quality education for early learners.

Numerous fantastic post secondary institutions in Newfoundland and Labrador with Early Childhood Education programs that seek to educate compassionate, forward thinking, engaged ECEs, and there are a myriad of study paths to suit different lifestyles. It is the quality of the post secondary learning that ensures ECEs are ready and capable of providing quality early learning and care to children.

A good ECE is patient, kind, and helps a child along their journey of self discovery. They work hand in hand with children, making them aware of their importance and worth.

Children may not always remember their specific ECEs, but every one of them has a lasting impact on them for the rest of their lives.

Academy Canada seats available online and in-person classes in our Early Childhood Education program this January - get in touch to learn more!

Posted September 19, 2023

On September 19, 2023, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has announced a new incentive program to new and current Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) get their certification.

The Department of Education's Early Childhood Educator Recruitment and Retention Grant will provide funding to recruit and retain Level I to IV ECEs to become certified and work in regulated child care services.

Under this grant, ECEs who meet the eligibility requirements will get $2,500 on certification and further grants of $2,500, up to $7,500 — will be awarded following each three-year certification renewal.

According to Newfoundland and Labrador's Education Minister, Krista Lynn Howell, says the Association of Early Childhood Educators will handle the process on their behalf.

For more information about the Early Childhood Educator Recruitment and Retention Grant, please send an e-mail to or call 709-726-3044.

If you're an Academy Canada ECE student or graduate wishing to upgrade their ECE Levels, take advantage of this opportunity today.

Source: VOCM "Province Announces New ECE Recruitment, Retention Measures" -

Posted July 16, 2023

There are many misconceptions about working in the Early Childhood sector, and we are here to debunk some of those for you!

Myth #1 - Anyone can do it

Fact: Not quite. Sorry to break it to you, but the idea that working in this sector is a ‘piece of cake’ is far from the truth. It takes a compassionate, empathetic, intelligent and open-minded person to make a truly wonderful ECE. These educators prepare students for school and for life. It is an incredibly important job.

To earn a diploma as an ECE, you’ll need to pass courses in child development and psychology, health and safety, communication, teaching children from diverse backgrounds, and behavioural management. It requires dedication and passion to make a committed ECE - could this be you?

Myth #2 - There aren’t many jobs in this field

Fact - Thankfully, this isn’t the case! ECEs can work in lots of places, both in person and online. In Newfoundland and Labrador, there is huge demand for skilled ECEs. We need more passionate people to enter the sector, to mold the young leaders of tomorrow, today. ECEs as a result have fantastic job prospects across NL and Labrador, as well as across Canada and the world. There is ample opportunity for you to find the perfect fit.

Myth #3 - You don’t need to be skilled

Fact - Again, wrong! People who aren’t aware of the complexities of the field sometimes compare ECEs to glorified babysitters. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. ECEs work with children during their most critical developmental years. As a result, ECEs need to be highly skilled at teaching, understanding, and supporting young people. ECEs are responsible for leading children through an array of new discoveries, such as reading and writing, language and communication, gross and fine motor skills, social skills, numeracy, problem solving, managing emotions, and many more.

Stay tuned for some exciting truths about being an ECE!

Posted July 16, 2023

The Newfoundland and Labrador Government wants more passionate people like you in the Early Learning and Child Care sector!

It is important that the right people are coming to, and staying in, this important field. As a result, there are important bursary programs for you to know about.

The Early Childhood Education Graduate Bursary Program

  • Seeks to alleviate your student debt
  • Offers assistance of up to $7,500 for graduates of a recognized 2-year ECE diploma program in the province
  • Allows you to commit to working full or part-time for at least 3 years in a regulated child care service in the province

The Early Childhood Education On-Campus Field Placement Bursary Program

  • Provides financial support for students attending on-campus field placement as part of their distance education program
  • Eligible candidates can receive up to $2,500
  • Application must be completed within 6 months of field placement completion

Early Childhood Education Trainee Bursary Program

  • Supports Trainee (Entry) Level candidates undertaking ECE courses to upgrade their certification to Level 1
  • Provides students with $250 per successfully completed required post-secondary ECE course
  • Candidates must hold valid Trainee Level Child Care Services certification
  • Candidates must be working in regulated child care services in Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Candidates must complete the courses through distance or online delivery from a provincially recognized post-secondary ECE program

Are you ready to begin your journey? For more information about our bursaries, take a look at our website today!

Posted June 28, 2023

Did you know that becoming a qualified ECE only requires a 1-year Certificate or a 2-year Diploma program?

The Early Childhood Educators Human Resources Council, also known as ECEHRC, believes in the importance of an educated ELCC workforce.

There are affordable and efficient options to gain the education you need that save you from having to undertake an expensive 4-year degree and bear its associated student loan costs. These certifications are delivered at fantastic post–secondary institutions across Newfoundland and Labrador.

If finances are causing you stress - there’s support! The Newfoundland and Labrador Government offers grants and bursaries for eligible students, in order to assist them in their progress through post-secondary programs. Moreover, there are options for "earn while you learn" programs, meaning you can be financially supported while studying.

Still not quite right? You can also become a certified Trainee through AECENL, working in a regulated child care setting while completing online early childhood educator courses. You can upgrade your skills over time, undertaking further ECE certifications which lead to more career opportunities and higher salaries.

Curious about the options available to you?

Visit their website to work out which early childhood education journey is best catered to you and your future.

Posted June 3, 2023

As Early Childhood Education Week comes to a close, we would like to give one final important shout out. Last but certainly not least, thank you to our incredible network of employment partners. Each of these organizations has recently hosted a student for a practicum in their centre. Practicums are an essential part of a student's training, giving them a real-world opportunity to apply the skills they learned in the classroom under the guidance of knowledgeable and experienced professionals.

By welcoming students into your classrooms, you are helping to nurture and grow the next generation of Early Childhood Educators! Thank you for supporting student success.

We would also like to send a special thank you to the staff at our childcare centre in Corner Brook, Creative Beginnings! Beyond supporting students as a practicum host, our team of ECEs there work hard to provide excellent care to children year-round. Thank you for all you do!

Posted May 29, 2023

Annette is one of the talented instructors in our Early Childhood Education department. She joined us after 27 years of working in the field and now shares her knowledge and expertise with the future Early Childhood Educators of NL!

Read on to see what Annette has to say about the important work being done in Early Childhood Education. Thank you for all you do, Annette!

"With almost three decades in the field, I have witnessed the evolution of this exciting sector. The profession has shifted from caregivers that work for families to educators who work with families. Research in child development supports the value and importance of Early Childhood Education in society. So much is learned in the first five years, so it is crucial that children get a good start with caring, trained and knowledgeable educators.

ECEs work in diverse settings such as regulated childcare centres, schools, family resource centres, or operate home-based childcare. We are essential to the community; we support economic growth and provide care for the province's most valuable resource, our children.
It is such an exciting time for ECEs with the introduction of a newly released wage grid and financial incentives for educators to pursue higher learning. Learn more:

Over the years, I have worked with many wonderful educators who influenced my life and for whom I am truly grateful. The opportunity to mentor, guide and educate the next generation of ECEs is an amazing experience. A big thank you to the childcare centers who welcome our students and enrich their academic experience with hands-on learning. There is no greater time to join the profession and become a trained, certified ECE; we make a difference. Happy ECE week to one and all!"

Posted May 29, 2023

Santana is another of the amazing instructors in our Early Childhood Education program. She completed training in both education and nursing, including ten years of experience working as an Early Childhood Educator. We are lucky to have her on our team to bring her knowledge and experience into the classroom. Fun fact: Santana has also worked at Creative Beginnings, Academy Canada's childcare centre in Corner Brook!

We asked Santana some questions about her career in Early Childhood Education - check it out!

Question: If you could give a piece of advice to someone looking to start a career in Early Childhood Education, what would it be?

Answer: My advice to anyone who would like to begin a career in Early Childhood Education would be to work hard and show compassion to those who put their trust into you. The hard work will be rewarded in so many ways, from being a building block of a child's learning journey, providing the family support that everyone needs, becoming an important community member, and helping shape the Early Childhood Education industry for the future. This program is life-changing for everyone that is involved.

Check out the rest of Santana's interview here:

Thank you for all you do, Santana!

Posted May 29, 2023, Updated May 31, 2023

Early Childhood Educators play a crucial role in a child's development and have a significant impact on their overall well-being.

They introduce children to early academic concepts, such as literacy and numeracy, as well as promote essential skills like problem-solving, creativity, and critical thinking.

Beyond academic skills, they also play an important role in social and emotional development and shaping the lives of children as a whole.

To celebrate this week, we'll be sharing information about this rewarding career as well as spotlights of some of our amazing ECE faculty members and students.

Our students are excited to join this field to help Newfoundland and Labrador's children and future leaders!

Learn more about our Early Childhood Education program's students training to be tomorrow's nurturers and leaders at

“Beyond The Books” Series

Posted January 12, 2024

Our Corner Brook Esthetics and Spa Management students worked hard balancing their studies in the classroom and hands-on time with clients in the campus salon throughout the fall semester.

Despite their busy schedules, they also made time to travel to Grand Falls-Windsor for the Professional Beauty Supplies Fall Fashion Forward event!

This event was focused on trending techniques and new products, giving students a front-row seat to the latest developments in their industry.

Stay tuned for more BeyondTheBooks!

This series spotlights the parts of a college education that go beyond traditional academic studies, like hands-on experiences, extracurricular activities and events.

What is Esthetics and Spa Management?

Esthetics and Spa Management program trains graduates to provide personal services in many areas, such as skincare, makeup, nail art and design, hair removal, aromatherapy, and more.

These services help clients of all ages look and feel good about themselves.

This is an exciting and rewarding career path because it offers an opportunity to improve the lives of others through a wide variety of services performed during a typical day.

Learn more about this program at

Corner Brook Campus "Esthetics and Spa Management with Electrolysis" students attended Professional Beauty Supplies Fall Fashion Forward show in Grand Falls - Windsor. They also enjoyed a meal at Jungle Jim's.

These field trips and professional shows are an important part of balancing classroom and hands on learning.

Posted January 19, 2024

Research shows that physical activity, stress reduction, mental stimulation, and social connections are necessary for good health.

In the classroom, our Therapeutic Recreation students develop a deep understanding of recreation theory and how to apply it to help individuals overcome barriers in these areas and live a fulfilling life.

Some of the magic also happens beyond the classroom where practicums and hands-on experiences bring these topics to life.

Students had the opportunity to visit the YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador and Rainbow Riders - Therapeutic Riding Newfoundland and Labrador Inc. to observe therapeutic recreation in action.

These organizations offer amazing inclusive programs that incorporate recreation to help their participants thrive.

For students, putting the topics they are learning to real world situations creates a meaningful impact on their educational journey.

Special thank you to Machel Rayner at the YMCA and Kaitlyn Mayne at Rainbow Riders for sharing your time and knowledge with our students!

Stay tuned for more "Beyond The Books"!

This series spotlights the parts of a college education that go beyond traditional academic studies, like hands-on experiences, extracurricular activities and special events.

What do students learn in the Therapeutic Recreation program?

Therapeutic Recreation is a rewarding field centred on creating purpose and meaning in people’s lives, with a special focus on individuals living with disabilities, chronic conditions, and/or illnesses.

Some topics include aging, chronic illnesses, mental health, addictions, and celebrating diversity. Students gain the tools to apply the therapeutic recreation process (assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation) to help their clients set goals for leisure, recreation, and community involvement.

Learn more at

Therapeutic Recreation students went to Rainbow Riders and "Fit For Work" to observe Therapeutic Recreation in action.

Posted January 29, 2024

In the classroom, our Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist students focus on learning small animal anatomy, diseases, handling, behaviour, veterinary office practices, and more.

In addition to their regular curriculum, we are fortunate to often welcome industry experts and community organizations to come discuss specialized topics.

Harding Road Campus Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist students recently welcomed two wonderful animal care organizations to our St. John's campus, EIEIO Farm and The Rock Wildlife Rescue!

EIEIO, a Kilbride-based farm that cares for various animals, came to Academy Canada to discuss hobby farming and goat care.

Students had an amazing experience meeting some new four-legged friends and learning how to give hoof trims!

Rock Wildlife Rescue, a Torbay based rehabilitation centre that helps sick, orphaned and injured wildlife, spoke to students about the call types they receive, how wildlife is handled in clinic, species identification, safety, and stressors. Students even got the opportunity to interact with birds currently receiving care.

Thank you EIEIO and Rock Wildlife for sharing your time and expertise with our students, creating such unique and memorable learning experiences!

Stay tuned for more #BeyondTheBooks, our series that spotlights the parts of a college education that go beyond traditional academic studies, like hands-on experiences, extracurricular activities and special events.

Learn more about our Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist program at

Rock Wildlife Rescue gives a presentation to our Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist students on how to handle birds.

Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist students got a presentation on goat handling from EIEIO Farms. Here are students and new goat friends during a group photo.

Posted February 16, 2024

In the classroom, our Personal Care Attendant students focus on learning how to provide care, comfort, safety, and well-being for their clients across the lifespan. They study topics such as mental health, medication awareness, end-of-life care, and much more.

In addition to their theory-based work, students also complete multiple practicums, preceptorships, and clinical placements. These valuable learning opportunities equip students with hands-on experience and confidence to join the workforce after completing their 30-week program.

Recently, our Personal Care Attendant students were invited for a tour to preview the fabulous new acute care hospital set to open in Corner Brook later this year!

This was a great opportunity for students to see the brand-new, state-of-the-art spaces where Personal Care Attendants will work in just a few short months.

Thank you to Peter Antle, NL Health Services, for such a great visit.

Big News - New Incentives

There are NEW incentives to train in this field in Newfoundland and Labrador!

New Personal Care Attendants are eligible to receive up to $4,300 to work in long-term care for a one-year return-in-service commitment.

The provincial government also offers student bursaries of up to $5,000 in exchange for a service commitment after graduation.

The next start date for this program is coming up on May 6, 2024 in Corner Brook, and there are still seats available.

Learn more:

Academy Canada's Personal Care Attendant students recently went to the Western Memorial Regional Hospital to tour the new facility. Some graduates could get jobs at this new hospital.

Posted February 25, 2024

In the classroom, our Criminology students complete courses in Abnormal Psychology, Behaviour Modification, Prison Subculture, Sociology of Deviance, and more, receiving specialized training for diverse roles within the community and justice system.

Beyond theory work, students engage in hands-on workshops and seminars such as Firearms Certification, Officer Safety, Suicide Intervention, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, Manipulation, and more. They also spend time in the community, as seen in a recent outing to complete an assignment at the Provincial Court.

These experiences equip students for fulfilling careers in areas such as mental health, addictions, community development, security/investigation, residential facilities, and within the justice system.

The next start date for this program is coming up on April 29, 2024. Seats available in St. John’s and Corner Brook.

Learn more:

Stay tuned for more BeyondTheBooks, our series that spotlights the parts of a college education that go beyond traditional academic studies, such as hands-on experiences, extracurricular activities, and special events.

Academy Canada's Criminology students took a field trip to a court house to complete an assignment at Newfoundland and Labrador's Provincial Court.

In the classroom, our Massage Therapy students study Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Kinesiology, Law & Ethics, and more. They develop a comprehensive understanding of the body's systems, including the respiratory, cardiac, immune, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, endocrine, and reproductive systems, along with neurology. This knowledge helps students navigate the intricacies of the human body, providing a strong foundation for developing practical skills.

Outside of the classroom, students complete a significant amount of clinical practice before graduation. This includes treatments in an on-campus clinic and at various community outreach programs. This provides students with valuable and rewarding opportunities to apply their knowledge, build hands-on skills and experience, and develop a deep understanding of client care.

Our Massage Therapy students recently did their outreach programs at Westbury Estates, Bishops Gardens, Waterford Hospital, MUN Faculty of Medicine, and the St. John’s Women’s Centre.

Students also host other special events, such as sports clinics with youth and adult athletes, prenatal clinics, and clinics targeted to the treatment of specific conditions.

Upon successful completion of this program and board exams with the College of Massage Therapists of Newfoundland and Labrador, Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) become qualified to conduct physical assessments and prepare treatment plans for clients in clinical, rehabilitation or relaxation-based settings.

The next start date for this program is May 17, 2024 with seats available in St. John’s.

New fall classes are also scheduled for St. John’s and Corner Brook.

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Check out our Massage Therapy students in action.

In the classroom, our Plumbing (Pre-Employment) students study topics like blueprint reading, rigging, piping (including steel, copper, plastic & brass), heating systems, water treatment, fuel brazing/cutting, and more. This knowledge prepares them for diverse careers in construction, industrial or residential settings.

Aside from classroom-based work, most courses in the program are designed to allow students to spend equal time between the classroom and our professional plumbing shop.

The plumbing shop is a learning environment that simulates real-world plumbing scenarios and tasks so students can apply the concepts they learn in the classroom.

On top of the work done in the shop, we appreciate our industry partners who offer amazing real-world exposure to the field through visits during career fairs, field trips, and more. We would like to send a big shout out to Dave Lundrigan at Tri-Star Mechanical for hosting our Plumbing students for a visit recently.

Tri-Star is a full-service mechanical contractor in St. John’s, and they offered the students the opportunity to view their operations in action and learn more about what is going on in industry.

Once students successfully complete their 9-month program and begin working under a Journeyperson Plumber, they can choose to begin the provincial apprenticeship program.

This allows them to continue to advance their knowledge and skills, access more job opportunities, and earn higher wages.

The next start date for this program is in September with seats available in St. John’s. Learn more at

TriStar Mechanical hosted the Harding Road Campus plumbing students to view their operations and learn what is going on in the Plumbing Industry.

“Wellness Wednesdays”

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Good mental health is a key to better physical health.

Take a moment today to prioritize self-care, nourish your body, and recharge your spirit. Your well-being matters.

Questions and answers about becoming an Academy Canada Student

Are you interested in becoming a student and want to learn more about our application process?

Stay tuned for our Q&A series! This post is all about entrance requirements.

What are the entrance requirements for Academy Canada programs?

Our post-secondary programs require high school completion (or equivalent) or mature student status for entrance.

Some programs have additional requirements such as specific high school credits or grades, reference letters, etc.

Programs that require only high school completion (or equivalent):

  • All entry-level trades
  • Animal Grooming Professional
  • Business Administration
  • Esthetics and Spa Management with Electrolysis
  • Hairstylist
  • Interior Decorating
  • Medical Device Reprocessing
  • Multimedia Graphic Design
  • Nail Technician
  • Office Administration
  • Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist

Programs with additional requirements:

  • Criminology, Law Enforcement Foundations and Paralegal Studies: two professional/academic reference letters and a certificate of conduct.
  • Early Childhood Education and Therapeutic Recreation: two professional/academic reference letters and a certificate of conduct with vulnerable sector check.
  • Greenhouse Production: Level III Academic English (or AC English Essentials).
  • Massage Therapy and Physiotherapist Assistant/Occupational Therapist Assistant: Level II or III Biology, Level III Academic English and a certificate of conduct (vulnerable sector check required for PTA/OTA).
  • Natural Resources: Level III Academic Math (or AC Math Essentials), any 4 Science credits, a certificate of conduct, and two professional/academic reference letters.
  • Occupational Health and Safety: a certificate of conduct.
  • Personal Care Attendant: two written professional/academic references, a certificate of conduct with vulnerable sector check, 20+ volunteer hours within the past two years and a personal statement.

Contact us to learn more:

We offer 30+ amazing post-secondary programs across our six faculties:

Faculty of Animal Care and Nature

  • Animal Grooming
  • Greenhouse Production
  • Natural Resources
  • Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist

Faculty of Business, Travel, and Computers

  • Business Administration (Marketing, Human Relations, Accounting)
  • Office Administration - General Studies
  • Office Administration Technology (Medical, Dental, Legal, Engineering, Records Management)

Faculty of Creative Studies

  • Multimedia Graphic Design
  • Interior Decorating

Faculty of Health & Personal

  • Early Childhood Education (1 Year, 2 Year & Bridging)
  • Esthetics and Spa Management
  • Hairstylist
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Device Reprocessing
  • Nail Technician
  • Personal Care Attendant
  • Physiotherapist/Occupational Therapist Assistant
  • Therapeutic Recreation

Faculty of Justice

  • Criminology
  • Law Enforcement Foundations
  • Paralegal Studies

Faculty of Construction, Trades, and Mining

  • Autobody/Collision Technician
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Carpenter
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Construction/Industrial Electrician
  • Cook
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Plumber
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic
  • Roofer
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Steamfitter/Pipefitter
  • Welder

Programs range in length from 2-24 months.

Our programs award college-level Diplomas.

All credentials are Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Education registered and approved!

Meet The Team – Adult Basic Education Instructors

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Meet The Team – Adult Basic Education Administrative Staff

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Academy Canada Wins Big At “Newfoundland and Labrador Therapeutic Recreation Association” Conference

Posted January 30, 2024 During the Newfoundland and Labrador Therapeutic Recreation Association Conference, our Therapeutic Recreation class celebrated two big accomplishments. Our program instructor, Joanne Bennett, was recognized with the “Leadership in…

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