The Business – Finance diploma program at George Brown College in Toronto provides students with the knowledge and skills to work in the financial services sector. The financial services sector continues to grow and adapt to the needs of clients through the use of technology. People with customer service skills and knowledge of financial planning, call centre operations, investments and risk management are needed in this fast-paced environment.

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Program name
Business – Finance
St. James Campus
2 years (4 semesters)
Starting month
September, January
Ontario College Diploma
Method of study

Year of Study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 Open
May 2021 N/A
International students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 Opens Apr 6, 2020
May 2021 N/A

Full Description

The Business – Finance diploma program provides students with the knowledge and skills to work in the financial services sector. The financial services sector continues to grow and adapt to the needs of clients through the use of technology. People with customer service skills and knowledge of financial planning, call centre operations, investments and risk management are needed in this fast-paced environment.

Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Help clients take steps to achieve their life goals through an integrated approach to the management of all their financial affairs, including such areas as:
    • Financial Management – assess the client’s current and future financial position, based upon their cash flow, budget and net worth.
    • Investment Management – assess the nature of the client’s assets based on their risk tolerance, time horizon and expected rates of return
    • Retirement Planning – compare the client’s expected lifestyle in retirement to their current retirement assets and planned savings
    • Tax Planning – assess the client’s current and future tax obligations and strategies employed to minimize or defer taxation
    • Insurance and Risk Management – manage the client's exposure to an unexpected financial loss due to death, health issues, property damage and other risks.
    • Estate Planning – assess how the client can meet their objectives upon death in the most efficient and cost-effective manner

This Centre for Business program is part of our School of Accounting and Finance.

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Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Process and maintain financial records in compliance with relevant policies, procedures and regulations for individuals and/or organizations.
  2. Prepare and present financial information in compliance with relevant legislation and regulations for individuals and/or organizations.
  3. Generate financial reports for individuals and/or organizations by applying financial mathematics and statistics.
  4. Contribute to the development and the implementation of a financial plan to meet individuals’ and/or organizations’ needs and objectives.
  5. Contribute to the development and the implementation of marketing strategies to promote financial products and services and to enhance customer service.
  6. Develop and implement strategies to establish and maintain professional networking and business relationships in the finance sector.
  7. Analyze, within a Canadian context, the impact of economic variables, legislation, ethics, technology and the environment on individuals’ and/or organizations’ operations.
  8. Develop and implement ongoing strategies for personal and professional development, highlighting ethics, values and standards in the finance sector.

Required Courses

In order to graduate from the B133 program, you need to complete 27 courses: 24 Mandatory courses and 3 General Education Electives.

Depending on the results of your placement tests, you may be required to take COMM 1003 (English Skills) or CESL 1003 (English Skills-ESL) before progressing to COMM 1007. Similarly, you may be required to take MATH1027 (Business Math with Remediation) before progressing to MATH 1021. COMM1003/CESL 1003 and MATH 1027 do not count towards the 27 courses required for graduation, and you will be charged for these extra courses. Please speak to the Business Office staff if you need any assistance.

General Education Courses (Semester Two, Three and Four): You must complete 4 General Education courses. 1 mandatory ("Successful Social Relations" - GHUM 1087) and 3 chosen from at least 2 of the following categories: Social Sciences (GSSC), Arts and Humanities (GHUM) or Science and Technology (GSCI).

You are required to make up any failed or dropped courses before you are eligible to graduate. You can make up these courses during the day, and some are offered in the evening through Continuing Education. Please check with the Business Office staff to ensure that the Continuing Education courses are equivalent to what is taught in the full-time program. Note that some courses may not be offered in every semester. Our staff can assist you in any special timetable requirements you may have.

Printable Curriculum Planner 2019-2020pdf file


semester courses
BUS 1038Business Concepts INONE
COMM 1007College EnglishNONE
ECON 1032MacroeconomicsNONE
FIN 1003Financial Systems in CanadaNONE
MATH 1191Mathematics of FinanceNONE
MARK 1020Principles of Marketing 1NONE
GHUM 1087Successful RelationsNONE


semester courses
ACCT 1001Accounting Fundamentals INONE
COMP 1010Business Computer Applications INONE
COMM 1034Professional Communications ICOMM 1007
FIN 1011Fundamentals of Financial PlanningNONE
PSY 1129Organizational BehaviourNONE
Select One General Education Elective


semester courses
BUS 1056Business Presentation SkillsCOMM 1007
FIN 2061Canadian Investments IFIN 1011
FIN 2035Consumer Behaviour & Financial NeedsMARK 1020
FIN 1035Retirement PlanningFIN 1011
LAW 1011Business and Family LawNONE
STAT 1010Quantitative Methods IMATH 1021
Select One General Education Elective


semester courses
FIN 1040Estate Planning FundamentalsFIN 1011
FIN 2062Canadian Investments IIFIN 1011
FIN 2063Insurance in Financial PlanningFIN 1011
ACCT 2028Taxation IACCT 1001
FIN 2003Money Management SoftwareFIN 1011
STS 1037Career Planning & DevelopmentNONE
Select One General Education Elective

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Articulation Agreement

George Brown College has agreements with several universities in Canada, the United States and abroad that will give you credit for your college diploma.

Your Career

In this program, students obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue careers in the financial services sector. Graduates of the program may be able to find employment as:

  • Financial Advisor
  • Financial Services Representative
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Investment Advisor

Note: While the diploma will help you build many of the skills needed in these roles, further designations or credentials may also be required. To learn more about the career possibilities and educational requirements, you may wish to visit the Toronto Financial Services Alliance website at

Future Study Options

B133 Educational Pathways

This two-year diploma has a pathway to the Business Administration – Finance B130/ B150 three-year advanced diploma.

The difference between the two-year and the three-year advanced diploma is that the two-year diploma leads to the completion of the core curriculum required to take the QAFP examination, whereas the three-year advanced diploma leads to the completion of the core curriculum required to take the CFP examination. Note: A degree requirement is being introduced to be eligible to become a CFP professional; visit the FP Canada website for more details. If you wish to pursue a degree, visit the B302 Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Services) program.

For more information about the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation, please see the Related Credentials and Certificate section below.

For information on additional future study options, see

Related Credentials and Certificate

Graduates of this program may wish to pursue other credentials or certifications in the financial services sector.

Qualified Associate Financial Planner (QAFP®) may be obtained through FP Canada.

Canadian Securities Course (CSC) may be obtained through the Canadian Securities Institute.

Life License Qualification Program (LLQP) may be obtained through Oliver’s Learning (or another approved provider) followed by the Provincial Licensing exam.

Note: The requirements for each designation/certification are set by the granting body, not George Brown College. In order to qualify for any of these designations/certifications, you need to follow the process listed on its website and meet all the requirements applicable to you.


$4,547.00 *

Additional Cost

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

The program teaches the curriculum required to prepare to write industry-credentialing exams. These include:

  • Canadian Securities Course I and II (CSC I and CSC II)
  • Qualified Associate Financial Planner (QAFP®) Exam
  • Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) Exam (Note: A degree requirement is being introduced to be eligible to become a CFP Professional, visit the FP Canada website for more info. If you wish to pursue a degree, please see the “Future Studies” section below.)
  • Life License Qualification Program (LLQP)
  • An Approved LLQP training course
  • LLQP Provincial Examination

Fees for external exams are not included and are an additional cost to this program. Students or graduates should visit the following websites for information regarding exam dates and fees:

Financial Assistance

The OSAP eligibility for this program has yet to be reviewed by the Ministry.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)


Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English and Math, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English and Math.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.


Some college and university credits may qualify you for exemptions. Please visit for more information.


Proficiency in English communications is necessary for success in this programs.

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Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

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Information Sessions

On-campus information sessions are held on a regular basis. Come and have your questions answered. Learn about the program content and career options, meet your friendly professors and staff, and experience what it is like to be in a George Brown College classroom. Sign up for an upcoming session.

Domestic Students Admissions

For inquiries about domestic admission requirements, admission deadlines, or the admissions process, please contact the Admissions Office at or visit the Admissions web page.

International Student Admissions

For inquiries about international admission requirements, permits and visas, accommodations, or anything specific to international students, please contact the International Centre at or visit George Brown International.
Phone: (416) 415-5000 ext. 2115


For inquiries about OSAP, Bursaries, Scholarships and other financial inquiries, please contact the Financial Aid Office at or visit the Financial Aid web page.

Entry Advising

For advice on the various program options and which program might be best suited for you, make an appointment to see an Entry Advisor. Please review these frequently asked questions or choose to book your appointment using the link provided.

  1. Book online:
    Complete and submit the Client Intake Form

Centre for Business

For questions regarding programs at the Centre for Business or if you require more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our knowledgeable staff are available to assist you.

For general inquiries, please contact the Centre for Business:
Phone: (416) 415-5000 ext. 2160

Business – Finance (B133)

For inquiries related to this program (for example, course-specific information) please contact one of the Program Co-ordinators:

Tracey Britt, Program Co-ordinator



Carolyn Fallis, Program Co-ordinator


Sam Levy, Chair, School of Accounting and Finance


Visit Our Campus

This program is offered out of our School of Accounting and Finance and classes take place at our St. James Campus, mainly at 200 King St. E., and 290 Adelaide St. E., Toronto, ON, Canada.

Campus tours are offered on a regular basis. Sign up today! You can also check out our virtual tour.

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