Aquaculture (Co-op)

September 2023

Availability:
Accepting Applications
Credential:
Ontario College Graduate Certificate ( 3 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 05, 2023
Offered at:
Frost Campus
Program code:
AQU
Sem 1 Delivery:
In Person
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Domestic:
$4,590.03 per semester*
International:
$10,964.39 per semester*
*Tuition amounts are from the 2022-2023 academic year and are subject to change.
Complete tuition detail below

Aquaculture involves a range of activities, related principally to farming marine and freshwater fish and seafood. The salmon industry accounts for the majority of aquaculture operations in Canada.

Program Highlights

This compressed, one-year program is the only Aquaculture program offered as a Post-Graduate Certificate in Ontario. Food aquaculture operations encompass a wide variety of species and culture techniques. In addition to food production, aquaculture activities include production of fish for conservation, and production for ornamental species. The global demand for aquaculture products is growing, along with demands for stewardship, sustainability and food safety and security. This unique program combines:

  • Significant hands-on operational experience
  • Numerous field trips to experience aspects of the aquaculture industry such as trout farming and conservation stocking
  • Business training so that graduates can both promote the industry and understand the diverse challenges facing aquaculture enterprises

During first semester, students will address aquaculture fundamentals. Much of the program will take place in the campus hatchery facilities, which include an Atlantic salmon hatchery and a muskellunge hatchery.

The focus in second semester is on operational and business practices, and internship planning.

Co-op Experience

Final semester is an 8-week, off-site, paid co-op experience, enabling students to specialize in their area of interest.

Please note: In addition to paying tuition and fees for 2 semesters of study, students pay a co-op fee (approximately $558.00) for administrative costs associated with the co-op placement.

Career Opportunities

The industry is growing in all sectors, including food production, conservation, aquaponics and pond/garden markets. The work is physically demanding and may involve exposure to unfavourable weather conditions. Graduates should be prepared to relocate for employment, and to undertake entry level or contract work initially. With an aging workforce, those who possess strong leadership and communication skills, plus aptitude for mechanical troubleshooting, are prime candidates for promotion into lead hand or supervisory roles.

  • Aquaculture is the fastest growing food production activity in the world (UN Food and Agriculture Organization)
  • Canada is the 4th largest salmon producing country)
  • Canadian aquaculture accounts for 14% of total seafood production and 35% of its value

INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES DESIGNATION

The Indigenous Perspectives Designation (IPD) is an option available to students studying in the Aquaculture program. To qualify for the IPD, students must take and successfully complete GNED49 - Introduction to Indigenous Studies and GNED128 - Indigenous Knowledges, along with a minimum of four approved co-curricular Indigenous events or experiences that will be incorporated into the final portfolio assignment in GNED128. The student's transcript will indicate the IPD designation. Upon graduation, students with an IPD will have a strong foundational basis in Indigenous Studies, and a designation that will be marketable in the employment sector.

Minimum Admission Requirements

Students applying to Aquaculture (Co-op) must meet the following requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree or Ontario College diploma in a related field or equivalent

As aquaculture deals with large bodies of water, students must be comfortable in, on and around water. Field skills in 2nd semester requires students to demonstrate basic swimming skills in a supervised pool session.

Tuition and Fees Detail

Tuition and ancillary fees are subject to change without notice. The fees presented below reflect Fall start programs only for the current academic year. For details about the fee differences for other program start dates please refer to the below.

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