School of Environmental Studies and Biotechnology

Environmental Technician - Protection and Compliance

2 years Ontario College Diploma

Train in a number of outdoor labs and participate in a GPS race on the trails.


The environmental sector is growing and there is emergence of new "green" jobs - locally, nationally and globally. Professionals are needed to deal with climate change issues, land restoration, water conservation, water management, and other sustainability concerns. This program offers you the opportunity to learn hands-on from experienced professors in the lab and in the field, and gain the skills you need to launch an exciting and relevant career.

Your Future Career

  • Government agencies and ministries
  • Energy sector
  • Conservation authorities
  • Natural resources
  • Water agencies
  • Private corporations 

What You Learn

  • Microbiology and toxicology
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Biology and chemistry
  • Drinking water provincial certification
  • Benthos biomonitoring provincial certification
  • Earth science and ecology
  • Applied geomatics 

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U

If English is not your first language you must provide proof of English competency. You must have a minimum overall band score of 5.5 on the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or equivalent accepted English language proficiency test to be admitted to a postsecondary program at the college. Notwithstanding the above, the English proficiency standards required to obtain Study Permits and Temporary Resident Visas from Canadian Embassies vary around the world. The higher English language proficiency standard will apply.

Academic Upgrading

Semester 1

BIO115 Biology for Environmental Protection
CHM110 Inorganic Chemistry
ENV214 Earth Science
GENED General Education Elective - Online
ENV110 Environmental Industry Success
MTH191 Math for Technicians

Semester 2

ENV243 Environmental Law
CHM125 Chemistry II
ENV125 Ecology
CMM140 Technical Writing I
MTH195 Applied Statistics

Semester 3

BIO121 Environmental Microbiology I
ENV203 Environmental Monitoring
ENV204 Environmental Chemistry
ENV245 Environmental Project Planning & Management
GEO100 Applied Geomatics
ENV225 Field Camp
ENV226 Marine Conservation (Optional Credit)

Semester 4

BIO220 Environmental Microbiology II
CLT100 Canada's First Peoples
ENV210 Limnology
ENV215 Environmental Technology
ENV240 Environmental Toxicology

2019-2020 2 years Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $2720.24 $1046.72 - 1186.72 - $220 $4126.96
2 $2720.24 $911.72 - 1051.72 - $220 $3991.96

2019-2020 2 years Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $12422.97 $1696.72 - 1773.72 - $220 $14416.69
2 $12422.97 $1561.72 - 1638.72 - $220 $14281.69

Ontario College Diploma along with optional certification in:

Introduction to Biosafety Operator in Training (MOEE/Water/ Waste Water/Distribution/Collection)
General Safety for Containment Labs Green Check (Level 1)
Containment Level 2 Operational Practices Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring - 27 group taxonomy
Personal Protective Equipment Operation of Conventional Treatment Processes (At WCWC in Spring)
Decontamination in the Laboratory  Fish Identification (PADI)
Laboratory Acquired Infections Open Water (PADI)    
WHMIS Coral Watch (PADI)
Worker Health and Safety Awareness Underwater Digital Photography (PADI)
Vancouver Aquarium - Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup  Peak Performance Buoyancy (PADI)
Entry Level Drinking Water  

Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.

View Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

View course outlines

Business Management – 8 months to complete
Environmental Management – 8 months to complete
Human Resources Management – 8 months to complete
Project Management – Information Technology – 8 months to complete
Recreation and Leisure Services (Fast Track) – 8 months to complete
Recreation Therapy (Fast Track) – 8 months to complete
Strength and Sport Conditioning (Fast Track) – 8 months to complete

Explore these opportunities and more through Canadore’s Transfer and Pathway

For more information, please contact the Pathways Officer:

Micheline McWhirter – Pathways Officer
705.474.7600 ext 5139