“Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.” – Mark Twain

Education is the cornerstone to making food tourism grow. The thought-leading post-secondary institutions listed here are committed to local food and are ensuring the next generation have an understanding of why it’s important and how it impacts the tourism industry as well.

If you’re looking to learn more about culinary tourism, agriculture, local food, or hospitality arts, these colleges and universities might have programs right up your alley!


Centennial College is Ontario’s first community college, established in 1966, primarily serving the eastern portion of the Greater Toronto Area through four campuses and seven satellite locations. The School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts prepares you for careers in any of the 5 sectors of tourism: Accommodation, Food and beverage, Transportation, Travel services, Recreation and entertainment.

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With an education in hospitality from George Brown you’ll have a wide range of opportunities ahead of you. George Brown College acts as the bridge to connect students to industry, and exposure to premier restaurants, hotels and event planners. One of the best ways to learn a job is by actually doing it, so we offer field education placements in most of our programs to ensure you get real experience and are workplace ready.

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Whether you’re from around the corner or around the globe, Fanshawe College offers career training and skills upgrading to suit your needs. They offer a wide variety of undergraduate and post-graduate programs and courses that lead to employment opportunities in many areas including hospitality, tourism and culinary arts.

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Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute is Canada’s only campus for Le Cordon Bleu. Every year, students from all over the world, representing more than 100 nationalities, attend our campus to share a common bond in their passion for pastry and cuisine. All classes are taught in a state-of-the-art facility with specially designed amphitheatres featuring closed-circuit cameras, mirrors and audio systems for demonstration classes and professional kitchens for practical hands-on training.

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Niagara College Hospitality and Tourism students enjoy an unrivalled learning environment, with outstanding facilities and highly qualified faculty. Students have the edge, learning in one of the world’s greatest travel destinations. In the Niagara Region, hospitality and tourism is estimated as a $1-billion industry annually, providing for great networking and co-op opportunities in world class hotels and restaurants.

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Learn in actual restaurant kitchens, be inspired by working professionals who are in touch with the industry and who will prepare you for its ever-changing needs and trends. Expand your knowledge in classical and contemporary cuisine, pastry, food writing, business, restaurant design, wine fundamentals, nutrition and more

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The University of Guelph is ranked as one of Canada’s top comprehensive universities because of our commitment to student learning and innovative research. We are dedicated to cultivating the essentials for our quality of life – water, food, environment, animal and human health, community, commerce, culture and learning.

University of Guelph has launched a new program, perfect for restaurants across Canada. The Hospitality Leadership Certificate, no pre-requisites and courses online, is for employees needing advanced training  in foodservice and hospitality. Delivered by North America’s lead educators, the Certificate blends Cornell University’s on-line learning with a 3-day workshop at University of Guelph. This program helps advance careers, without interuption. Customized for mid to senior level professionalsflexible monthly on-line courses include Leading Teams, Marketing Planning, Understanding Financials, plus a choice of electives in: Restaurant Management, Financial Management, Services Marketing and Advanced Revenue Management.

Learn more by visiting the University of Guelph website.