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Grade 12 Planning Guide:

Below you'll find a helpful guide for keeping track of deadlines for your graduating year.

Grade 12 Planning 2019-2020.pdf

Important Dates​

When to Apply

As long as space remains in an Ontario college program, you may apply for it. However, there are some important dates to keep in mind, especially for popular programs that fill up quickly.

Apply to college as soon as the online application becomes available in October. Complete and pay for your application on or before February 1 in order to receive equal consideration for admission to programs beginning the following September.

The following dates apply to programs starting in the fall of 2020. The application process at follows an annual cycle, based on the academic year (August to July). For programs beginning at other times of the year, please contact the individual colleges for more information about application processing dates.

Early October 2019: Online Application Opens

In early October, access to the online college application becomes available for programs beginning in the following academic year (August to July). You may create an account and begin your application.

February 1, 2020: Equal Consideration Date

Apply on or before this date in order to receive equal consideration for admission to programs starting the following fall. After this date, colleges consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until programs are full.

Note that applications to Highly Competitive Programs must be received by this date in order to be considered. As these programs receive a high volume of applicants, all seats may be filled by February 1.

Applicants are encouraged to complete their applications well before the Equal Consideration Date, as website volumes on the online application are at their highest at this time.

Many programs continue to accept applicants after February 1. Use our Find a Program tool at any time to find programs that are still open.

February 1, 2020: Earliest Offer Date

This is the earliest date that colleges may begin to send offers of admission to programs for the upcoming academic year. Offers will continue to be issued until programs are filled or wait-lists are established.

May 1, 2020: Deadline to Confirm Offers of Admission

Applicants must confirm their acceptance of an offer of admission by this date. Log in to your account to confirm your offer.

Colleges may extend offers of admission after this date. Each college will set the deadline to confirm offers made after May 1, and this deadline will be communicated to you with your offer.

June 2020: Tuition Deposit Due at the Colleges

The colleges require payment of a tuition deposit in June to secure your spot in your program. Each college sets its own tuition deposit amount and payment deadline. This information will be communicated to you by the college.


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Here is a link to all careers in Ontario that have an apprenticeship attached and are careers attainable directly from high school.  Students in skilled trades co-op placements can even get a start while still in high school.

The listings of skilled trades in Ontario, divided by sector, are found at the link below:

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Applying to College:

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Calendar of College and University Liaison Visits to Orillia Secondary School


Please note the date and time of each visit and be sure to sign up in Guidance if you are interested in attending any presentation.  The rep will answer your questions about programs, residence, scholarships, sports, and general campus life.

In an attempt to limit the number of classes missed, we have tried to book the majority of the visits at lunchtime.

Please sign up in Guidance for every presentation you wish to attend!


On this calendar you will also find some special events.  Locally, College Information Program will be held at Georgian College, Orillia Campus and Ontario Universities' Regional Fair (OURF) will be held at Orillia Secondary School.

Ontario College Information Fair and the Ontario Universities' Fair are held in Toronto.

It may be worthwhile attending these events if you have missed a presentation or if the college or university in which you are interested has not visited our school.  Not all colleges and universities send reps to Orillia Secondary School.


Remember to check your college or university's website to find out about Fall Preview Days, Open Houses and booking campus tours.  The best way to decide if a college or university is right for you is to visit the campus!!  A list of these dates may be provided to you via email or on the Guidance page of the school website at some point.

2019 2020 CALENDAR of VISITS.pdf

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The Ontario College Information Fair is a one-stop shop for all your college information needs.


Enercare Centre | 100 Princes' Blvd | Hall B - Exhibition Place | Toronto


* Tuesday, October 23, 2019 from 5 PM to 9 PM

* Wednesday, October 24, 2019 from 9 AM to 2 PM

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The best way to decide what college is right for you is to visit the campus!  Potential students and their families can attend Open Houses in order to tour campus facilities, visit program and service booths, and ask questions about the college and programs available. Open House.jpg

A list of 2019/20 Open Houses and Fall Preview Days is located below:

College OPEN Houses 2019 20.pdf

Humber College Open House.jpg

Fleming March Open House.jpgFleming Open House Information.pdf

Below please find a PDF list of college open houses. 

Durham College.pdf

Durham College 2.pdf

Fleming College.pdf

Georgian College.pdf

Humber College.pdf

Lakehead Georgian.pdf

Niagara College 2.pdf

St Clair College.pdf

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New YouTube Video on Applying for OSAP:

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Applying to College?

Research programs, colleges, scholarships, fees, etc. at


Some useful information at links to the Ontario Colleges site:

February 1 in order to receive equal consideration for admission

Contact the individual colleges

Begin your application​​​

Highly Competitive Programs

Find a Program

Confirm your offer

Application Fees

There is a non-refundable fee of $95.00 CDN to apply to college through  Up to 5 program choices (no more than 3 at any one college) are included in this fee, as long as they start within the same academic year (August to July).  To apply to programs starting in the next academic year, you will need to create a new application and pay a new application processing fee.

Your application will not be forwarded to your college choices until the application processing fee has been received.  Please note that there are no exemptions from the application processing fee.

Payment Methods

You can pay for your application four ways:

* Online. With Visa (including Visa Debit), MasterCard, American Express or Interac Online. We do not recommend using prepaid credit cards.

* Online banking. For online banking, you'll need your 9-digit application number.

* By phone. You can contact us to pay over the phone using a credit card. We accept Visa (including Visa Debit), MasterCard and American Express.

* Mailing a Certified Cheque / Money Order. Make the certified cheque or money order payable to '' and be sure to include your 9-digit application number as well. For our mailing address, see our Contact Us page. Do not send cash in the mail.

All fees are non-refundable. There will be an additional $25 fee for returned items. This fee applies to all payment items returned to us for any reason including NSF, a closed account, stopped payment or post-dated cheque, etc.

Check the updated planning checklist of upcoming important events below or print the PDF from your school email account.

To help with your research for your post-secondary plans, you can use the Transition Resource Guide that you will find at this website.

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Introducing A New Way to Explore Highly Competitive Programs

We're excited to announce a new feature in our Find a Program search tool that makes it easier than ever to identify highly competitive programs at Ontario's colleges.

What is a Highly Competitive Program?

For those who aren't already aware, highly competitive programs are those that historically receive more applications than there are spaces available. To be considered for these programs, applicants applying for the fall start date must complete their applications by February 1st – the date commonly known as the Equal Consideration Date. After this date, applications to these programs may be closed. Those applying to programs beginning at other times of the year will need to contact the colleges for information about application processing dates.

The Highly Competitive Program Filter

Building on existing filters in Find a Program – such as College, Program Category, Credential and more – we've now added a Highly Competitive filter with two selection options:

  • No – displaying only programs that are not highly competitive
  • Yes – displaying only programs that are highly competitive
New Highly Competitive Program Filter

How to Search

There are two different ways to search for programs with the highly competitive filter. College explorers can start their search by keyword, college or category to identify the programs they're interested in, and then select the new Highly Competitive filter to see which programs in their search results are highly competitive.

Alternatively, the filter can also be used as a starting point to identify all highly competitive programs, and then layered with additional filters to target a search more deeply.

Once a search is complete and users have found the programs they're interested in, deeper program details – such as admission requirements, tuition costs and course requirements – can be found by clicking the Visit link next to each program listing leading directly to the college's own program pages.