Lac la Biche, AlbertaLOCATION
Estd 1968Established Year

Portage College established in 1968 is located at Lac La Biche, Alberta, Canada. It is a public board-governed community college. The college has over seven campuses located throughout northeastern Alberta.

It offers various programs which include 30 Certificate and diploma programs, career programs, trades and technical, business, human services, health and wellness, native art and culture, etc.

Why Choose Portage College?

Three Centres at Portage College- specialized for training including Pipeline Training Centre, Water Resource Training Centre and Food Science Centre

Ranking and Standings

  • 2016- Portage College’s Practical Nurse Staff was given a high Approval Rating with a four year accreditation renewal by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA)
  • 100 % result by the Engineering students of the 4th class and 3rd Class Power Engineering students

Key Features

  • Score record of 100% by the Practical Nurse students in provincial licensing exam for consecutive three times in a row.
  • Portage College is home to men’s hockey team which represented in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference.


Type of UniversityPublic
Ratio of Student to Faculty13:1
Total Number of Students3428
Language for CoursesEnglish
Tuition Fee rangeCAD 1,500 - CAD 3500

Student Intake Stats

As of 2016-2017, a total number of 3,428 students registered for credit, ad-hoc or Continuing Education Programming at Portage College

Here are few stats in terms of student intake –

  • 1,948 applicants for the fall intake
  • 1,117 students for full time programs(not including Continuing Education)
  • 548 Indigenous students

Programs offered at Portage College

Portage College offers over 30 different courses/programs and Area of Specialization.

There are 7 Campuses which offers different programs listed as below-

Boyle Campus

Program offered at this campus is –

  • Heavy Equipment Program.

Cold Lake Campus

Program offered at this campus includes –

  • Power Engineering
  • Practical Nurse
  • Educational Assistance
  • Community Social Work
  • Academic Upgrading
  • Accounting Technician
  • Business Administration
  • Office Administration

Lac La Biche Campus

  • Aboriginal Arts
  • Apprenticeship Welding
  • Natural Resource Training
  • Open Studies
  • Emergency Medical Technology
  • Hairstyling
  • Pre-Employment Heavy  Equipment Technician

St. Paul Campus

  • Baking
  • Culinary Arts
  • Early Learning and Child Care
  • Food Sciences and Technology
  • Institutional Cook

Campus Details and Residential Facilities

  • Campus located 220 kilometers northeast of Edmonton , on the southern shore of Lac La Biche
  • Provides diverse community for the Students.

Eating On Campus

  • Provides variety of food options with affordable price.
  • Voyageur Grill Lounge provides pleasant atmosphere for the student to grab a bite and chill out.

Residential Housing Plans

Portage College facilitates accommodations as follows-

Residence Hall

The Residence Hall of the Campus facilitates students with self-contained rooms. The accommodation is provided on sharing basis i.e. for two people.

The facilities available in each room includes –

  • Two bed
  • Desk
  • A kitchenette with two burner stove
  • Fridge
  • Table and chairs
  • Bathroom
  • Common Lounges
  • Microwave
  • TVs with cable
  • Access to Laundry


Single Townhouses are shared by four students, each having own bedroom. Facilities provided are -

  • Fully furnished.
  • Two bathrooms
  • Living Room
  • Dining room
  • Full kitchen

Safety at Campus

  • Security of students and Faculty is top priority at Portage College.
  • Campus safety drills are conducted to increase knowledge and awareness of personal safety

Choose your Program

Depending on the individuals need and schedule, Program schedule offered by college is as follows -

  • Part Time
  • Full Time
  • Online
  • Online Learning – Tutorials and experienced Teachers

The intakes take place as follows-

  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Autumn

Program and Academic Requirements

ProgramAcademic Requirements
Aboriginal Art CertificateELA 10-1 or 10-2 CAAT-C score of stanine 4 or greater
Academic FoundationProgram Math Assessment
  • Canadian Adult Achievement Test B
Baking CertificateEnglish 10-1 or 10-2 Math 10
Business Administration CertificateGrade 12 or Equivalent
  • English 30,30-1,30-2 or 33
  • Math 30, 30-1, 30-2, 33
Community Social Work
  • Grade 12 or Equivalent
  • 60% English 30-1 or 70% in English 30-2
Culinary Arts Diploma
  • English 10-2
  • Math 10-3
  • Pass mark In all five GED or CAAT-C Exam
Food Science and Technology
  • EMT Certificate
  • Chemistry 30
  • 60% in English 30-1 or 70% in English 33
  • 50% in Math 20
  • 60% in Biology 30
  • English 30-2
  • Math 30-3
  • Physics 20
  • Chemistry 20
Heavy Equipment Operator CertificateGrade 10 Equivalence with
  • English 10-1 or 10-2
  • Math 10 or Math 13
  • Science 10 or Science 40
Practical Nurse Diploma
  • 60% in English 30 or 70% in English 33
  • Chemistry 30
  • Applied Math 20-2
  • 60% in Biology 30

All about Application Process


  • IELTS- 6.5, TOEFL -86, CAEL- 70, MELAB- 85, CanTEST- 4.5, and PTE- 59.
  • 50 marks in Test of Spoken English (TSE)
  • Two- year full time study in English Language secondary institute in Canada
  • Transcripts of the last educational degree.
  • Written composition

How to Apply

Following steps to be followed by candidates to apply in College -

  • Find subject of interest from college’s Website
  • Get in touch with the Student Advisor for details about the course
  • Apply on www.portagecollege.ca to download and submit application form.
  • Submit the application form by sending it by mail, fax at the college office.
  • Send transcripts online (Online Application).
  • Hardcopy of the transcripts (Offline Application).

Application Fee

StudentApplication Fee
Canadian StudentCAD 50
International StudentCAD 160

The application Fee is non-refundable. The application is not processed until the fee is paid.

Cost and Expenses

Tuition Fee structure for Canadian Student

Program NameTuition Fee
4th Class Power EngineeringCAD 2,903.00
3rd Class Power EngineeringCAD 3,484.00
Aboriginal Art CertificateCAD 1,779.00
Academic FoundationsCAD 1,618.00
Accounting TechnicianCAD 1,742.00
Baking CertificateCAD 1,980.00
Business Admin. Diploma – AccountingCAD 1,740.00
Community Social Work ( Year 1 and Year 2)CAD 1,742.00
Culinary Arts DiplomaCAD 1,880.00
4 Food Processing Technician (Year 1 and Year 2)CAD 2,022.00
Hair Styling Certificate Cohort 1CAD 3,500.00
Heavy Equipment OperatorCAD 9,800.00
Practical Nurse (Year 1 and Year 2)CAD 1,742.00


Tuition Fee structure for International Student

Tuition fee for International student is three times the fee noted for Canadian Students.

Other Fee Structure

Transcript FeeCAD 10
International Tuition depositCAD 500
GED Writing FeeCAD 200
GED Rewrite FeeCAD 190
Tuition Deposit Most ProgramCAD 100
Document Re-issuance FeeCAD 10 per document

Residence Fee

There are three campuses which provide accommodation to students.

Accommodation at Boyle Campus

Single Student ResidenceType of RentalRentDamage Deposit
Single OccupancyDailyCAD 54N/A
Single OccupancyMonthlyCAD 525CAD 200

Accommodation at Lac La Biche     

FamilyMonthly RentDamage Deposit
2 Bedroom TownhouseCAD 912CAD 800
3 Bedroom TownhouseCAD 999CAD 800
4 Bedroom TownhouseCAD 1040CAD 800
Residence – double occupancyCAD 561CAD 400
Residence – single occupancyCAD 710CAD 400
TownhouseCAD 710CAD 400

Accommodation at St. Paul Campus

Type of OccupancyMonthly RentDamage Deposit
Residence – single occupancyCAD 376CAD 400
Residence – double occupancyCAD 525CAD 400
Two Bedroom ApartmentCAD 872CAD 800

Scholarship and Financial Aids

Follow below steps to apply for the scholarship program offered by the college-

  • Fill an application form from the portal of the College.
  • Send it to Awards Office at Lac La Biche campus by mail, fax, or email.
  • The form can be obtained from college portal or can be picked up from the Student Advisor or Student Services Office.

Scholarships offered are –

  • ‘Invest in the Future’ scholarship to pursue Post-Secondary Education

Work while you study

Portage College offers students with Internship and Employment Opportunities.

  • Summer Intern Job Opportunities for HSW1 Staff
  • Paid and Volunteer Position at Shambhala Music Festival
  • Employment Opportunity as a College Faculty

Various job opportunities offered at Portage College are listed below –

  • Alberta’s Future Leader Program – Youth Mentor
  • Alberta Health Services – Home Support Aide
  • Childcare Teacher (Enhancement Worker) at Wildflowers Childcare
  • Childcare Teacher (Special Needs) at Out of School Care Jasper
  • First Nation Designate – Job Opportunity for CSW Students
  • Hub International – Entry level Insurance Broker
  • Redrock Camps Inc. – First Cook
  • Redrock Camps Inc. – Second Cook
  • Redrock Camps Inc. – General Helpers at Alberta Fire Base Camps

Other Benefits provided are –

  • Strong Professional Development
  • Generous Paid Time off
  • Pension Plans
  • Employee and Family Assistance Plan
  • Facilities such as Scholarships/ Tuition Discounts for the dependents
  • Excellent Health and Dental benefits

Alumni Network

At Portage College, a person is considered as an Alumnus if any of the requirements are met –

  • A previous student who has successfully completed the course/program
  • A previous staff faculty
  • Previous or Current Member of Boards
  • Engaged in collaborative efforts with College

The list of benefits and services available to the alumnae are –

  • Personal invitations by College to the College Functions
  • Free Academic transcripts
  • Discount of 10% on Portage College Merchandise
  • Discount on the Portage College Rental Facilities
  • Alumni Benefit Card
  • Access to the quarterly newsletter
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Total Enrollment
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Acceptance Rate
60 %
Total Applications
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