Ontario Orders Closure Of Private Career College

Goodwin College Found To Be In Violation Of Private Career Colleges Act

July 23, 2008

A Toronto-based private career college has been ordered to suspend its operations after violating the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.

Goodwin College of Technology and Management Inc. cannot currently operate as a private career college in Ontario.  It cannot deliver vocational programs or solicit or accept applications from students.

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities' Superintendent of Private Career Colleges ordered Goodwin College to cease operation in July 2008.  The Superintendent suspended the college's registration and removed the college from Service Ontario's online listing of registered private career colleges.

To operate in Ontario, private career colleges must be registered and have their programs approved by the Ministry under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.  This Act ensures that the colleges meet certain standards for the programs they offer, as well as for their advertising, refund policies, and instructor qualifications.

Goodwin College was registered as a private career college in October 2002.  During an annual inspection, Ministry staff found that the college was offering unapproved programs at its two Toronto campuses.  The college was also operating an unregistered campus in Mississauga.

The Ministry is working to find alternative college placements for students who enrolled in approved programs at Goodwin.  Students with questions about their training or their rights under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 can contact the Ministry at 416-314-0500.