Documents & Reports

Documents & Reports

All documents, reports, and policies, including Annual Reports, Strategic Plans, as well as Audited Financial Statements and other important documents can be found for both the current year and previous years.


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Strategic Plan

The Northern College Strategic Plan 2020-2025 has been approved. This document will guide our organization for the next four years, allowing us to achieve our New Vision and Mission, which are:

Empowerment through learning to build a better world.

Building community across the North through partnerships and excellence in education.

Proud to be North. Proud to be Northern.


Strategic Directions of the College

  • Indigenous Education and Empowerment
  • Innovative Approaches to Access
  • Invigorating Northern Experience

Strategic PlanMeasurement, Spring 2022

Academic Plan

Academic Plan

As an institution, Northern College is known for high quality programming and a caring environment. Our small size defines our relationship with our students. The Strategic Plan emphasizes a vision of successful learning.

The Academic Plan for 2023-2027 addresses how successful learning is incorporated with three key elements:

  1. graduates/students;
  2. educational philosophy; and
  3. faculty development.

Individual learning journeys will be supported through the implementation of this plan. Implementation of the academic plan is ongoing and will be evaluated yearly. The purpose of this plan is to provide a ‘road map’ for the integration of program delivery with Northern College’s Strategic Plan. Articulation of the plan, enhances program delivery while supporting faculty to ensure student success.

Business Plan 2023-2024

Business Plan

Northern College’s Business Plan for 2023-2024 has been approved by the Board of Governors on May 9th, 2023.

With the height of the COVID-19 pandemic behind us along with the associated restrictions and many of the challenges it presented, Northern College is moving forward with renewed focus on accessible education – meeting learners where they live to help them grow and succeed.

In our Business Plan for the 2023-2024 academic year, we outline how we will stay relevant so we stand out to prospective learners, and position ourselves to better serve the shifting needs of the modern educational and industrial landscape.”

 Annual Report

Northern College’s Annual Report for 2022-2023 has been approved by the Board of Governors on June 13, 2023.

2022 proved to be a year of continuous growth and adaptation for Northern College.

With the lessons gleaned from the COVID-19 pandemic still fresh in our collective minds, Northern College positioned itself as a student-first institution, while building on the ways in which this held true in the past.

Supporting the central focus of our institution, faculty and staff have actively listened to the needs of students, resulting in initiatives specifically designed to meet learners where they are.

These approaches touch on in-classroom and experiential training, distance learning, community partnerships, and sponsorships, and extend to housing, student placements, support, employment and a wide array of life-enriching activities both on campus and in our communities.

Within this annual report, you will find the stories of growth and success that have emerged over the past year as we’ve implemented our business plan along with student-first approaches in every operational and educational facet of our College.


Documents & Reports
AODA and Accessibility

Please visit for AODA Documentation: Access Services for Colleges and Customer Service Standards (ASC).

Key Performance Indicators

The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development introduced the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) initiative to measure performance in Ontario’s colleges.

Since 1998, colleges have been mandated by the Ontario Government to collect and report performance data in five areas – Student Satisfaction, Graduate Satisfaction, Graduate Employment, Employer Satisfaction, Graduate Rate. Gathered by an independent research company, the KPI results show that Ontario’s Colleges achieve consistently high results when measured by students, graduates and employers. Based on themes of accountability and excellence, the KPI project is a collaborative venture between the colleges and the Ministry.

Key Performance Indicators measure:

  1. Graduate Satisfaction
  2. Graduate Employment
  3. Employer Satisfaction
  4. Graduate Rate
Results 2020 – 2021 Key Performance Indicators
Northern College Province
Student Satisfaction not measured not measured
Graduate Satisfaction 81% 78%
Graduate Employment Rate 87% 77%
Employer Satisfaction 100% 91%
Graduation Rate 64% 66%


Results 2016 – 2017 Key Performance Indicators
Northern College Province
Student Satisfaction 74% 77%
Graduate Satisfaction 73% 78%
Graduate Employment Rate 89% 80%
Employer Satisfaction 90% 91%
Graduation Rate 66% 67%

Of these five indicators, three of them are currently linked to funding. Graduate Satisfaction, Graduate Employment and Employer Satisfaction data are used to distribute government transfer payments amongst colleges. The amount of the performance based funding has remained constant for the last four years at $16.4 million and is distributed to colleges on a formula that reflects the size of the college and its KPI score.

How the Process Works

Student Satisfaction
Each year in early February, all students (excluding first-semester students and part-time students not enrolled in a post-secondary program) complete college-administered surveys as to their satisfaction with their college program and services. An external survey consultant then tabulates the data, while colleges calculate student graduation rates. Here is a copy of the student satisfaction survey.

Graduate Satisfaction and Graduate Employment
Graduate satisfaction and employer satisfaction data are collected electronically as well as through the telephone surveys conducted by an external consultant six months after the students graduate. The results of this survey provide valuable information on graduate outcomes and the graduates’ satisfaction with their college education.

Employer Satisfaction
Eight weeks following the graduate survey, and based on the graduates’ authorization, their employers are contacted by the same external consultant and surveyed as to their satisfaction with the colleges’ preparation of graduates in order to meet employers’ needs.

Graduate Rate
The college, using ministry-established guidelines calculates the graduation rate. It is important to note that numbers for programs are not available if program graduates are not within the calculation time frame set out by the ministry.

OSAP Performance Indicators
OSAP Performance Indicators provide additional information to students who are considering Community College programs in Ontario. For consistency and reliability, a common methodology is used by all Community Colleges to compile the data and calculate the results.

General information and COISL Default Rates for all 24 Ontario colleges may be obtained at the Ministry’s Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).

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