Building Access Control

Business Hours

Casa Loma Campus

Main doors are open:
Weekdays: 7:00am - 10:30 pm
Weekends: 8:00am - 6:00pm (Saturday) 5:00pm (Sundays)

St. James Campus

200 King Street East:
Weekdays: 6:00am - 6:30pm (main door remains open until 10:30pm)
Weekends: Main door opens at 8:00am - 6:00pm (Saturday) 5:00pm (Sunday)

300 Adelaide Street East:
Weekdays: 5:30am - 10:30pm (main door remains open until 10:30pm)
Weekends: 7:30am - 5:30pm (Saturday)
11:00am - 7:00pm (Sunday)

290 Adelaide Street East:
Weekdays: 7:00am - 9:00pm
Weekends: Main door closed (contact Security 416 415 - 2047)

230 Richmond Street East:
Weekdays: 7:00am – 10:30pm
Weekends: 8:00am – 6:00pm

Waterfront Campus

Main doors - 51 Dockside Drive Toronto:
06:00am - 10:00pm (Monday-Friday)
07:00am - 5:00pm (Saturday-Sunday)

School of Design at Waterfront Campus
3 Lower Jarvis Street

After Hours

To access any building after hours written notice is required 24 hours in advance of needed entry to the Facilities Help Desk, who will inform security.

Access Control Forms

How to Use Your George Brown College Access Card

Think of your ID card as a key.  When the doors are locked (light will be red), simply place your card up to the reader and, if you are authorized to enter through the door, the strike on the door will unlock and you can open the door. The process is fairly quick and what is actually happening involves communication between the reader and your GBC Access card. 


  • Present your GBC Card to the reader by either tapping the card on the reader or placing it within a couple of inches of the reader.
  • Listen for a beep.
  • The red light on the reader will flash red/green when it communicates with your card.
  • Open the door.

Granting Access to Doors

Requesting changes to a Student, Staff, or Employee access card is the responsibility of the department/ unit’s Departmental Access Key Controller (DAKC), or Department Manager. The DAKC or Manager will notify the GBC Access Control Office at and request modifications be made to the card. If your employment status or responsibilities necessitate your access levels be updated, simply advise your DAKC/ Manager who will notify the Access Control Office. 

Reporting Problems

It is sometimes difficult to determine why there are problems with door access. It could be a failed card or even a failed reader, it could be something mechanical preventing the door from opening or closing, or it could be the person is not authorized for access to a particular door or their access has expired. The most effective way to resolve the problem is to help identify what might be causing it. If there is a problem with any of the equipment or access for an individual, the departmental/ unit's DAKC or Manager should be the first point of contact. Often the issue is the person is not authorized for access to a particular door or their access has expired. If it has been determined the issue is due to equipment failure, the DAKC or Manager should contact the GBC Access Control Office at  to report the problem. 

Security Initiatives

In 2011 the George Brown College Public Safety & Security Division and the Office of the Vice President Corporate Services developed a set of security standards involving card access and enhanced security requirements for the College. The card access and enhanced security requirements are intended to mitigate risk to the college community and college assets.
A set of card access guidelines has been developed for the interior of campus buildings including the following areas: research and research support; technology server rooms; rooms necessary for the major systems operations of buildings; and any other areas that may be categorized as sensitive due to the nature of the information, activity, or equipment stored.


  • I lost my GBC access card, what do I do?
    Immediately inform your departmental Manager or DAKC.
  • My card won’t work for the doors, what do I do?
    Check the Access Card to ensure it is not physically damaged; ensure you are “swiping” the card across the reader without any obstructions (inside a wallet or   purse). Speak with your Manager or Department Access Key Controller (DAKC) to confirm your level of access. If access needs to be modified, the Manager or DAKC will notify the Access Control Office.
  • I just got a new replacement GBC ID card; will it work for door access?
    In most cases, door access will be activated on your card within few hours providing you already had access privileges on your old card. 
  • Can I loan my GBC access card to my co-worker?
    Under no circumstances should you loan out your GBC Access Card.

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