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Our Partners and Friends

About Us

Our Partners and Friends

Academy Canada has spent more than 30 years becoming an integral part of the provincial and national education community.  In doing so, we’ve made a lot of wonderful friends!   Here are just a few organizations that we are proud to be involved with:


Career College Accreditation Program (CCAP)

CCAP was established in 1984 to establish a standard of excellence for the career college sector.  It remains the only institutional accreditation available for Canadian Career Colleges.  CCAP requires member schools to go through an extensive 3 years accreditation process that demonstrates their commitment to training facilities, staffing, student services, financial stability, vision, marketing plans and graduate accomplishments.  Quality is evaluated through on-site visits, student/staff surveys, documentation and ongoing meetings.   The demanding nature of the process ensures that only the top Canadian colleges are able to able to achieve full accreditation status. 

Academy Canada is proud to be one of the three longest-standing CCAP accredited schools in the entire country.  We are also the only CCAP college in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Better Business Bureau

Academy Canada maintains an A+ certification (their highest) with the Better Business Bureau.

For over 100 years, BBB has helped people make smarter decisions and is evolving to meet fast changing marketplace needs.  BBB sets standards for ethical business behavior and monitors compliance. Almost 400,000 Accredited Businesses meet and commit to our high standards.  The Bureau helps consumers identify trustworthy businesses, and those that aren’t, through more than 4 million BBB Business Reviews.  They also set standards for and evaluates thousands of advertisements each year to ensure that people can trust what advertisers say.

Douglas College

Academy Canada has signed a lease agreement that enables our graduates to apply for transfer of credit at Douglas College.

This agreement will provide Academy Canada Therapeutic Recreation program graduates with the transfer of up to 60 credits and an opportunity to apply to Douglas College’s Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation degree program.

Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences

Academy Canada is extremely pleased to have an Articulation Agreement with Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS). This agreement provides graduates of Academy Canada’s Occupational Health and Safety program with advanced standing with PCU-WHS. In particular, Academy Canada Occupational Health and Safety graduates will be granted 67.5 credits required for successful completion of PCU-WHS Bachelor of Disability Management degree program.

The Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences is a non-profit, special-purpose university headquartered in Port Alberni, British Columbia. It is a statutory degree granting education and research institution for the special purpose of creating and disseminating new knowledge including applied research in the fields of return to work and disability management, workplace safety, health promotion, comprehensive rehabilitation and disability leadership studies. http://www.pcu-whs.ca/about-pcu-whs/. We are proud to acknowledge that this articulation agreement is a cornerstone that promotes and enhances student success. A collaborative effort such as this demonstrates institutional commitment to assist students with achieving academic excellence.

Yorkville University

Academy Canada is extremely pleased to have a signed Collaboration Agreement with Yorkville University. This agreement provides graduates of 17 different programs offered at Academy Canada with a block transfer of credits towards Yorkville University’s Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Yorkville’s BBA degree is recognized by the Certified General Accountants (CGA) of Ontario, and also has approved credit transfer of certain courses towards professional certifications by the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA).

Yorkville is a Canadian national university that offers leading professional degree programs through an innovative online learning platform. Yorkville University’s programs offer adults the flexibility needed to complete a degree while balancing other commitments by providing a supportive, highly collaborative and interactive online learning community. Degree programs at Yorkville University are academically rigourous and highly regarded in professional practice. They provide training and credentials that allow graduates to advance professional careers and contribute to the betterment of society.

The programs covered under this Collaboration Agreement along with specific transfer credit details can be found on Yorkville University’s website at http://www.yorkvilleu.ca/. A collaborative effort such as this is another demonstration of Academy Canada’s commitment to assist students with achieving academic excellence.

Provincial Apprenticeship & Certification Board (Government of NL)

The Provincial Apprenticeship and Certification Board (PACB) was established in 1953 to assist Government in the development of policy under the Apprenticeship Act.  The Board offers guidance on matters related to Plans of Training, accreditation, industry certification, programs and initiatives and the overall growth of the trades system.

Academy Canada works closely with PACB in the delivery of its trades programs and through its accreditation program.  Director James Loder has been appointed by government to the Board every year since 2010. 

NL Construction Association

Academy Canada has a close working relationship with the Newfoundland & Labrador Construction Association (NLCA). 

The NLCA is an incorporated not-for-profit association for contractors, builders, and suppliers primarily engaged in Newfoundland and Labrador's construction industry.  Members are representatives of every construction industry disciplines, and also architectural and engineering firms.  Since its founding in 1968, NLCA has been received recognition from government, architectural and engineering professions, and the general public as the construction industry's provincial representative. 

James Loder, Academy Canada Director, has served on the NLCA Board since 2012 and held roles as Education Chairperson and Vice-Chair. Academy Canada has also partnered with the Association to deliver several professional training programs, including Gold Seal credentials.

National Association of Career Colleges

The National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) is an advocacy group designed to represent independent or private career college students, faculty, staff, and managers across Canada. It originally began in Hamilton, Ontario in 1896 as the Business Educators Association.  Over the next 118+ years it has grown and evolved with the goal of encouraging private training sector excellence, and promoting the interests of its members and their students at the national level.

NACC has an elected Board of Directors from across Canada which oversees its management, and is responsible to the members. Academy Canada Director James Loder represented Newfoundland and Labrador for several years and actually served as President from 2012-14.

NL Association of Career Colleges

The NLACC is a not-for-profit association that represents the interests of member college students, faculty, staff and partners on provincial matters.  The Association works closely with government to develop educational policy, liaisons with student groups, responds to media requests, and represents the sector in community, business and social matters.  Both AC President Michael Barrett and Director James Loder have served for several years on the NLACC Board of Directors (including as President) in order to ensure that the interests of our students are heard.

The NLACC is the provincial arm of the National Association of Career Colleges.

Private Training Corporation

The PTC is a division of the provincial government. Established in 1999, its purpose is to manage the Private Training Institution Train-Out Fund to which colleges contribute each year to support students in the event that any college were to close.  It also advises government on college financial operations.  AC Director James Loder has served on the PTC for several years as a College Representative.



Academy Canada supports the important work done by the YM/YWCA, particularly as it relates to career development.  We are thrilled to have been a Platinum sponsor for the YMCA Enterprise Olympics program that provides workbooks and study guides for high school students/teachers completing the Entrepreneurship 3209 course.

Canadian Council of Massage Therapy Schools

Academy Canada is a member of the Canadian Council of Massage Therapy Schools.  The CCMTS is a non-profit organization of massage therapy educators who have placed quality programming and accountability as the cornerstones of their training programs.  As a national organization representing both public and private member programs, the CCMTS has a unique perspective and decided influence on the educational landscape that exists across the country.  The CCMTS joins with the other pillars of the profession, provincial regulating bodies, professional associations, and graduates everywhere in the pursuit of excellence in the massage therapy profession.  For more information about the CCMTS please visit their website at:  www.ccmts.ca.

Chambers of Commerce

Academy Canada is a member of the Chambers of Commerce in Deer Lake, Placentia, St. Anthony, Baie Verte, Bonavista, Conception Bay Area, Labrador North.  Staff members are active supporters of a wide range of business initiatives that are making the regional economies of the province as strong as possible.

St. John’s & Corner Brook Boards of Trade


The SJBT and CBBT are the principal voices of the St. John’s and Corner Brook business communities.  They speak on economic issues and matters of significant interest to their members with the purpose of enhancing opportunities.  Academy Canada is a member of the Boards of Trade and has staff actively involved.

Office to Advance Women Apprentices

The Office to Advance Women Apprentices (OAWA) was funded by the provincial government of Newfoundland & Labrador during 2009 with a mandate of increasing employment opportunities for females in the skilled trades.  Academy Canada is an active supporter of their work and strives to help them accomplish the goal of putting as many female apprentices to work as possible.

Women In Resource Development

WRDC was established to foster an environment that increases the participation of women in NL trades and technology sectors.  They are achieving this through the elimination of barriers that exclude or discourage women from seeking employment in these sectors.  Academy Canada has had staff sit on several WRDC committees and have even partnered to design a “Women In Trades” magazine that focused entirely on the accomplishments of AC female tradespeople.

Restaurant Association of NL

The Restaurant Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (RANL) has been representing the interests of the Food Service Industry in NL for close to fifty years. Over the years, RANL has learned that the interests of the restaurant and food service industry in Newfoundland and Labrador are best served when owners and operators are directly involved in representing the issues that impact their day to day business.  Academy Canada’s Chefs and students are big RANL supporters and have been involved in numerous fundraisers and competitions over the last 15 years.

NL Massage Therapy Association

Founded in 1990, the NLMTA is a non-profit association of professional, practicing RMTs. They are dedicated to promoting high standards of massage therapy throughout the province.    Academy Canada is proud to work with the NLMTA to ensure that our Massage Therapy program is of the highest possible standards.

Labrador Aboriginal Training Partnership

The Labrador Aboriginal Training Partnership (LATP) is a partnership between Labrador's three Aboriginal groups – Innu Nation, Nunatsiavut Government, Nunatukavut Community Council and Nalcor Energy-Lower Churchill Project.  The mandate of the LATP is to oversee a comprehensive Training-to-Employment Plan that will prepare aboriginal individuals for employment opportunities created through resource development throughout Labrador.

Academy Canada has delivered several successful programs for LATP in Labrador and continues to support the vision of community-based training wherever requested by band councils and leaders.

WorkplaceNL (formerly "Workplace Health and Safety Compensation Commission")

Academy Canada is a recognized trainer for WorkplaceNL.  The college is pleased to help injured workers rebuild their careers.  We recognize the unique challenges faced by WorkplaceNL clients and strive to create a supportive and accessible learning environment.

Canadian Welding Bureau

The Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) is a not-for-profit organization that offers certification and registration for companies involved in the welding of steel structures.  Welders in Canada are required to be retested every two years by the Canadian Welding Bureau. Since 1947 CWB has evolved and expanded its original scope and is now accredited by the Standards Council of Canada as a Certification Body for the administration of CSA Standards. 

Academy Canada is an authorized testing centre for CWB certification programs and has had many students/graduates CWB certified.

Special Olympics

Academy Canada holds a special place in its heart for Special Olympics.  This unique group has made it’s a mission to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.  Special Olympics gives participants the opportunity to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other athletes and the community.

The college has supported the organization with financial donations and through volunteerism.  We are particularly proud to have a Special Olympics multi-Gold Medalist (Jack Barrett) as our Webmaster.

Learning Disabilities Association of NL

The Learning Disabilities Association of Newfoundland and Labrador incorporated as a not for profit in 2001 and acts as the provincial voice for individuals with learning disabilities. LDANL offers programs to build social competence and independence skills. Through awareness raising activities, workshops and social programs they hope to bring a new level of understanding regarding Learning Disabilities to the general public. 

It is the LDANL goal that individuals with learning disabilities be identified and fully accommodated at the earliest opportunity, enabling them to reach their full potential.

Academy Canada supports the excellent work of the Learning Disabilities Association and partners with them to provide support services to students on an ongoing basis.

Canadian Federation of Independent Business

The CFIB is a non-profit business organization representing the interests and concerns of over 109,000 Canadian owners of small and mid-size enterprises (SMEs) to all three levels of government. Issues of concern to the Canadian SME community are identified by CFIB members through surveys, opinion polls and face-to-face visits. Members’ views and opinions are then delivered to all three levels of government in the form of research reports, meetings and testimony. These concerns are far ranging but typically include tax policy, labor policies and the reduction of regulatory paper burden.  CFIB describes itself as a non-partisan political advocacy organization working with all federal and provincial parties and reports that its sole source of funding is membership dues; it accepts no donations or government funds. The organization’s head office is located in Toronto and there is a regional office located in each province. In addition there is also a national office located in Ottawa.

Academy Canada has been a member of the CFIB for many years.  We support their efforts to encourage business excellence and the recognition of small-medium sized companies as the cornerstone of the Canadian economy.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) is a labor union which represents Electrical workers in Canada, the United States, Panama and several Caribbean island nations. 

Many Academy Canada graduates join the IBEW and build outstanding careers as unionized Electricians.  The IBEW has also partnered with the College to launch a scholarship specifically for women enrolled in our Electrical program.

Stella’s Circle

Stella’s Circle is a very special organization.  Their mission is to address the impact and root causes of poverty, abuse, and oppression. They do this by developing support services that promote community inclusion and by advocating for social policy changes that transform oppressive systems. Their Guiding Principles are based on the belief that Individuals, families, and communities are capable of growth and change, all individuals have contributions to make, and it is important to support outreach and active involvement in the community to promote the interest of all citizens, particularly those who are marginalized.  The staff strive for social justice and a more equitable distribution of power and resources in the belief that when people have their needs met, with dignity and compassion, everyone in the community benefits.

Academy Canada supports the work of Stella’s Circle and has partnered with them on several exciting projects.

Association for New Canadians

The Association for New Canadians is a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to the provision of settlement and integration services for immigrants and refugees. For over 30 years, the Association has delivered programs and services to support all aspects of newcomer integration, ranging from settlement information and orientation, to language learning, skills development and employment.

The International students who attend Academy Canada get amazing support from the ANC as they adapt to a new culture and environment.

We are very grateful for the services provided.

NL Student Financial Services

The Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador work together to provide student financial assistance. Both loans and grants are available to help students access and pay for post secondary education. With one application students will be assessed for both federal and provincial student loans as well as most student grants.

Approximately half of Academy Canada students take advantage of the Student Aid program to finance their training. 

Young Adult Cancer Canada

YACC’s Mission is to support young adults as they move through and beyond cancer. To be the connection to peers, bridge out of isolation, and source of inspiration. Any cancer, any stage, YACC’s got your back.

Academy Canada has helped spread the message of YACC throughout our community and volunteered to support their various projects.

Easter Seals

Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs (and their families) live better lives for more than 90 years. From child development centres to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals.

Academy Canada supports Easter Seals by promoting their programs and volunteering hundreds of hours per year towards their projects.

Canadian Red Cross

Academy Canada is proud to be an authorized trainer for the delivery of Canadian Red Cross first aid and emergency training. The Canadian Red Cross Society is a Canadian humanitarian charitable organization and one of 189 national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies. The mission of the Canadian Red Cross is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world. The Society is increasing their disaster volunteer services by training several volunteers in Personal Disaster Assistance, Emergency Response Team and Disaster Response Team capacities.

Canadian Armed Forces

Academy Canada is a proud supporter of the brave men and women who serve our Canadian Armed Forces. We applaud their amazing work and thank them for their service. The College is also pleased to offer Diploma programs that satisfy the Entry Level Standards with the Canadian Armed Forces Recruiting Centres. Both the Law Enforcement Foundations and Criminology programs meet these rigid requirements. This means that Academy Canada graduates experiencing an easy transition into an amazing military career.

Academy Canada also supports Armed Forces Families by offering annual scholarships to Military Spouses. Call 1.800.561.8000 FREE or email at info@academycanada.com to learn more.

School Sports Newfoundland & Labrador

Academy Canada is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of School Sports Newfoundland & Labrador (formerly Newfoundland Labrador High School Athletic Federation). In 2015 we pledged $100,000 to help with the development of high school athletes and coaches. Included in the sponsorship is $90,000 cash and $10,000 in scholarships over a three year period.

SSNL was created in 1969 to meet the need for a provincial organization to coordinate and administer interscholastic athletics in Newfoundland and Labrador. It was founded on the belief that “school athletics made an important contribution to the goals of education and as such were an integral part of the total educational process.” One of the key objectives of the Federation was to “encourage participation in inter-school athletics on the zone, regional and provincial levels through promotion and sponsorship of zone, regional and provincial athletic programs.”

Police & Peace Officers’ Memorial Ribbon Society

The Police & Peace Officers' Memorial Ribbon Society is dedicated to remembering all Police and Peace Officers in Canada who have died while serving their communities. When an Officer dies "in the line of duty", protecting the peace and freedoms of this country, his or her death should be honoured nationally and not forgotten. The Society's blue and black Memorial Ribbon has become recognized across Canada as the national symbol of mourning for Police and Peace Officers. The Society is working to establish the Ribbon as an international symbol of mourning for fallen heroes.

Academy Canada is proud to support their wonderful work by offering scholarships to the children of fallen soldiers.

To learn more about the society, please visit http://www.memorialribbon.com.

St. John's Board of Trade

The St. John’s Board of Trade is a leading voice of business in Newfoundland and Labrador. It is a solutions-based organization that: advocates on behalf of business to all levels of government, provides access to opportunities, and assists members on issues affecting business. Academy Canada is proud to be a Board of Trade member and have representatives sit on the Labour Market Development committee.

Futurpreneur Canada

Futurpreneur Canada has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for two decades. We are the only national, non-pro?t organization that provides ?nancing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Our internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 3,000 volunteer mentors. Visit http://www.futurpreneur.ca for more details or contact Scott Andrews at sandrews@futurpreneur.ca or 709.769.1205 to discuss how Futurpreneur Canada is helping young entrepreneurs in Newfoundland & Labrador.

Thompson Rivers University

Academy Canada is extremely pleased to announce the signing of an Articulation Agreement between our college and British Columbia’s Thompson Rivers University (TRU). This agreement provides graduates of Academy Canada’s Massage Therapy program with advanced standing for 69 credits towards Thompson Rivers University’s Bachelor of Health Science degree program.

TRU is a fully accredited and degree granting public university operating in Kamloops, BC. It offers more than 55 independent-study programs that permit students to earn recognized credits and credentials by distance through TRU-OL, their Open Learning division. TRU is an accredited public post-secondary institution and a member of Universities Canada. As a member of the British Columbia Post-Secondary Transfer System, Thompson Rivers University programs are accepted world-wide.

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