Northern College Invests in Downtown Timmins

May 31, 2023

TIMMINS, ON:  Northern College is pleased to announce that it will be investing in the downtown core of Timmins.

Northern will be expanding the services available to people in the downtown core with a new location which will house Community Employment Services, Academic programming and additional offerings based on community needs.

“This is a natural step for us to take as an institution,” stated Northern College President and CEO, Dr. Audrey J. Penner. “We look to our Mission and Vision to help guide us as we take these steps, and this new centralized location will reinforce the forward-thinking approaches outlined in these dual guiding goals.”

Northern College developed its new mission and vision as part of a complete overhaul of its value proposition, guiding principles and expressly outlined goals. Northern’s mission is building community across the north through partnerships and excellence in education; its vision is empowerment through learning to build a better world.

The College has also signed onto three national pledges, including sustainable development, equity, diversity, and inclusion; and the empowerment of Indigenous peoples.

“Education is as much about curriculum as it is about access,” stated Aaron Klooster, Senior Vice-President Academic and Student Success at Northern, who is overseeing the project. “Reaching learners where they live and providing the supports necessary to help them succeed isn’t just a goal for us, it is an active pursuit that we take great pride in.”

“The addition of this facility in downtown Timmins will do just that,” he added. “Colleges have an obligation to participate actively in supporting and building community with initiatives just like this one.”

Plans and the move to the location is anticipated for 2024.

The new storefront facility will be located in the Michael J. J. Doody Centre of Excellence building, across from the existing location of Community Employment Services. This new location will allow Northern to expand on the existing services offered, which include assistance in finding employment, connecting employers to potential recruits, and helping newcomers to Canada find community services, prepare resumes, and find employment.

“We are thrilled that Northern College has chosen a location that is central to downtown Timmins,” stated Mayor Michelle Boileau. “By expanding their footprint in the community, they are bringing new opportunities to students and clients, and this will undoubtedly contribute to a more vibrant downtown. Thank you to Northern College for always seeing the potential in Timmins and its residents.”

Northern College is proud to invest in the communities its campuses call home, knowing that every investment it makes helps to better the quality of life, economic potential and stability of those communities.


About Northern College

Northern College, established in 1967, serves the educational needs of post-secondary, apprenticeship, and contract training, both on-site and through remote learning, as well as delivering academic upgrading and employment services. Its catchment area covers 160,000 square kilometres, which is roughly the size of France, and includes over 65 communities – 18 of which are First Nations. The College has four main campuses located in Haileybury, Kirkland Lake, Moosonee, and Timmins, as well as numerous Access Centres, including along the James Bay coast. Northern College is recognized for its warm, welcoming, and culturally inclusive environment. It has received the top ranking in the province of Ontario in graduate satisfaction out of all English-speaking colleges (2022). A highly respected community and regional partner with close to 50,000 graduates, including the Haileybury School of Mines (est. 1912), the College plays a critical role in the region’s economic development as well as strong global mining influence.

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