Impact Report 2019-2020

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2019-20 was a transformative year, both for George Brown College and the world around us. We kicked off the academic year with the launch of our new strategic plan, Imagining Possibilities: Vision 2030/Strategy 2022, which harnessed the bold thinking of our community to define the future of education at George Brown. The innovative, collaborative mindset outlined in this plan guided us throughout 2019-20 as we introduced new partnerships, state-of-the-art learning and research facilities, and new ways of teaching and learning.

But the real test for this mindset came in March 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic required us to pivot to an alternative delivery model in just one week. Teams from across the college collaborated on innovative new ways of supporting the success and well-being of our students, while also finding ways to give back to our community. Although it’s been a challenging time for all Canadians, we’re proud of the resilience and adaptability shown by our community, as well as the impact our students, graduates, employees and partners continue to make on our city and our province. Here are some highlights from 2019-20.

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of George Brown students plan to work in the GTA after graduation, becoming the city’s nurses, early childhood educators,
entrepreneurs, construction managers, chefs, gerontology workers, business and community leaders, volunteers and more. [1]



of employers are satisfied with the George Brown graduates they’ve hired. [2]


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start-up entrepreneurs this
year through our
entrepreneurship hub,
These entrepreneurs...

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new jobs

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new products and services

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in sales. [3]

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of George Brown’s career-focused programs* included at least one experiential learning opportunity. [4]
*Excludes upgrading and preparatory programs.



students were engaged through entrepreneurship-related workshops, outreach events and activities this year. [5]

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How are digital disruption, artificial intelligence and the gig economy shaping the future of work? And what does this mean for job seekers? Find out in George Brown’s podcast, Work Shift, which launched this year.

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partners worked with George Brown’s Research & Innovation
team to design, prototype or test new products and services:



start-ups. [6]

Our applied research teams supported the development of:

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new products

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new services. [7]

To learn more about partnering with George Brown on applied research, program development, work-integrated learning and more, visit our Partnership page.

Empowering Learners - Impact Report 2019-2020 - An instructor uses a touchscreen anatomy table with two students.
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of students are the first in their family
to receive a post-secondary education. [8]

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More than




in funding for scholarships, programming, capital improvements and special projects was provided through the George Brown College Foundation.


scholarships were disbursed to students – the largest amount in our
Foundation’s history – with an average value of

$1,273 [9]

These scholarships and projects were made
possible by the generosity of our donors.

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Student Enrolment 2019-2020

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full-time students
(including 1,183 apprentices)

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part-time students

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Continuing Education

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Programs Offered

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full-time programs


Full-time employees graph - Impact Report 2019-2020: Graph of full-time employees shows that George Brown has 1,447 full-time employees, including 662 support staff, 561 faculty and 224 administrative staff.
Part-time employees graph - Impact Report 2019-2020: Graph of part-time employees shows that George Brown has 3,674 part-time employees, including 1,273 support staff, 1,730 faculty, 64 administrative staff and 607 continuing education staff.

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George Brown was named one of
Greater Toronto’s Top 100
Employers for 2020

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Revenues & Expenditures 2019-2020

Operating Revenue by Source

Ontario Government$137M
Federal Government$4M
Student Fees$220M

Operating Expenditures

Salaries and
Supplies and
Other Expenses
Plant, Property and
Capital Amortization
Scholarships and
Total$405M [10]


  1. Institutional Research, George Brown College
  2. Key Performance Indicators, Ministry of Colleges and Universities, Sept. 25, 2019
  3. startGBC, George Brown College
  4. Enrolment Planning and Reporting Department, George Brown College
  5. startGBC, George Brown College
  6. Research & Innovation, George Brown College
  7. Research & Innovation, George Brown College
  8. Institutional Research, George Brown College
  9. George Brown College Foundation
  10. Due to rounding, numbers may not add up precisely to totals presented

This Impact Report was designed by Graphic Design students Lee Jong and Christopher Ensoll,
as part of the experiential learning initiative at George Brown’s IN Design studio.