This has been a year of transformative change at George Brown College, as we welcomed a new President, launched our Indigenous Education Strategy and Anti-Racism Action Plan, broke ground on Limberlost Place, and celebrated many new partnerships, programs and initiatives. In the 2021-22 Fast Facts, we reflect on what our students, employees, partners and broader community have achieved together.


GBC Named Top 10 Research College

George Brown was among the top 10 research colleges in Canada, with projects ranging from developing affordable, adaptive clothing for people with disabilities to exploring innovative ways of diverting black plastic from landfill. We will be able to help even more partners develop new products and services, conduct innovative research and further train students in leading-edge technologies thanks to $3.9M in funding awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s Applied Research and Technology Partnership program.

Meet Our New President

George Brown College welcomed our new President, Dr. Gervan Fearon, in August 2021. With a proven track record of collaboration, transformative leadership and engaging higher learning communities in a shared mission, he leads George Brown’s efforts to provide transformative education opportunities that benefit learners, industry and the greater community.

Visit our website to learn more about the Senior Leadership Team at George Brown. 

New programs launched in 2021-22 include:

George Brown collaborated with Toronto Hydro to develop our new Electromechanical Engineering Technology – Power and Control program and celebrated its launch with entrance scholarships sponsored by the utility provider.

George Brown students are now eligible to pursue medical or veterinary school at St. George’s University in Grenada thanks to a new international partnership with the school.

An expanded partnership between the Pinball Clemons Foundation, RBC Future Launch and George Brown College is providing career pathways for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) youth.

George Brown collaborated with MEET Digital Culture Centre in Milan, Italy to present Digifest 2021, our virtual global event focused on digital culture, creativity and innovation. 

Financial Aid to Students in Need



in COVID-19 relief funding was distributed to students who faced financial difficulties as a result of the pandemic.

Recognizing that the crisis in Ukraine directly impacted many international students from this region, George Brown allocated an additional


to the Emergency Bursary Fund to support affected students facing financial challenges.


George Brown College Foundation




was raised by the George Brown College Foundation in 2021-2022 to fund scholarships, programming, capital improvements and special projects at the college.*



in scholarships was disbursed in 2021-22 with an average value of


per student.*

* This was made possible by the generosity of our donors.

Philanthropist Jack Cockwell made a

$10 million

gift to support the construction of Limberlost Place, building on his earlier $8-million donation to George Brown. The combined $18 million represents the largest donation in Ontario college history.


full-time students
(including 873 apprentices)



part-time students



Continuing Education



international students



full-time programs offered


Full-time Employees - 219 Administrative Staff, 538 Faculty, 654 Support Staff


Full-time Employees

Part-time Employees - 62 Administrative Staff, 357 Continuing Education, 929 Support Staff, 1,488 Faculty


Part-time Employees


Operating Revenue by Source

Ontario Government $139M
Federal Government $3M
Student Fees $204M
Ancillary $20M
Other $19M

Total $385M

Operating Expenditures

Salaries and Benefits $238M
Supplies and Other Expenses $82M
Plant, Property and Capital Amortization $54M
Scholarships and Bursaries $6M

Total $379M

Supporting Our City

Interested in hearing more about how George Brown supports learners and partners, while contributing to city-building and community development across Toronto? Visit Supporting Our City.

About GBC

Fast Facts was designed by Graphic Design student Nathan Leung and Interaction Design student Elisa Oh as part of the experiential learning initiative at George Brown’s IN Design studio.