Food- and Nutrition-Related Training Programs in Ontario

Nutrition and Food Undergraduate Degree Programs

There are four undergraduate programs in Ontario leading to qualification to become a dietitian or employment in a nutrition related field. To seek admission to these programs contact the school directly for an assessment for admission. A complete list of programs in Canada accredited by Dietitians of Canada offering undergraduate degrees in Dietetic Education can be found on the Dietitians of Canada website at A Career in Nutrition.

Nutrition and Food: BASc Program

Ryerson University, School of Nutrition (Toronto, Ontario)

Applied Human Nutrition: BSc Program

University of Guelph, Family Relations and Applied Nutrition (Guelph, Ontario)

Foods and Nutrition: BSc Program

Brescia University College (London, Ontario)

Nutrition Sciences

University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Ontario)

Nutrition and Food Graduate Degree Programs

Four graduate degree programs in Ontario provide qualifications to become a dietitian. Entrants must have completed a four-year degree with a specialization in nutritional sciences. Students seeking membership in Dietitians of Canada and provincial regulatory bodies are encouraged to complete all undergraduate courses required for licensure, prior to admission to the Graduate Programs.

Nutrition Communication (MHSc)

Ryerson University, School of Nutrition (Toronto, Ontario)

Ryerson University has recently launched their new graduate program in nutrition communication which is a twelve month Master of Health Science (MHSc) degree. The goal is to facilitate the development of advanced knowledge in the area of communicating nutrition and food issues to audiences that range from small (i.e., via individual and group counselling) to large (e.g., via traditional mass media and new media). There are three streams for this program.

Community Nutrition Program (MPH)

University of Toronto, Dalla Lana School of Public Health (Toronto, Ontario)

Master of Science in Foods & Nutrition (MScFN)

Brescia University College (London, Ontario)

The MScFN program is designed to provide education at the graduate level in a full range of foods and nutrition practice areas, including work in clinical nutrition, community nutrition, foods service administration, food science, food and nutrition related research, nutritional epidemiology, and program planning and evaluation.

Post-Degree Dietetic Education & Practical Training Diploma

This is a one-year program for university graduates with a recent degree in Food & Nutrition. It prepares students for a career in dietetics.

Post-Degree Certificates for Dietitians and Nutritionists

The programs listed are designed to enhance opportunities for career and employment for those who are already dietitians in Canada or those who wish to practice as nutritionist (Entrants must have completed a four-year degree with a specialization in nutritional sciences.) The programs listed are not leading to registration with the CDO.

Certificate in Food Security

The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University (Toronto, Ontario)

Certificate in Physical Activity: Assessment and Promotion

The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University (Toronto, Ontario)

Nutrition and Food Service Management – Diploma Programs

The following are community college level programs leading to employment in certain food and nutrition related sectors. These programs, varying in length from one to three years, lead directly to employment in hospitals, long-term care facilities, food industry, etc. Position titles include food service supervisor, diet technician, etc.

Nutrition and Food Service Management programs are offered at a number of community colleges throughout Ontario. See the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management for a listing of accredited programs.

Food Service Management Program

Centennial College (Scarborough, Ontario)

Food and Nutrition Management Program

George Brown – The Toronto City College, Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism (Toronto, Ontario)

Food and Nutrition Administration

School of Applied Hospitality Canadore College (North Bay, Ontario)

Food and Nutrition Management

School of Applied Hospitality Canadore College (North Bay, Ontario)

Associate Diploma in Food Science and Quality Management

Kemptville College (Kemptville, Ontario, affiliated with University of Guelph)

Food Service and Nutrition Management Certificate

Canadian Healthcare Association (online program)

This two-year program is designed for individuals currently working in food services in health care or other institutional settings who wish to pursue a career in food service management. The first year of study focuses on food management, while the second year explores nutrition and diet therapy and focuses on the clinical aspects of food service and nutrition manager’s role. Along with regular course content, students are required to complete monthly supervisory hours as well as annual field placements. Graduates of the program receive a certificate in Food Service and Nutrition Management issued by the Canadian Healthcare Association. The program is fully credited by the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management.

Dietetic Technician Program

Conestoga College (Kitchener, Ontario)

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Hospitality and Culinary Arts

The following are some community college level programs leading to a diploma and employment in certain food and nutrition related sectors. These programs, varying in length from one to two years, lead to employment in restaurants, hotels’ meeting and convention centres, private clubs and resorts, spas, catering companies and supermarket and in-store food operations.

Note: This listing is not exhaustive. It includes some, but not all, training programs available in Ontario.

Chef School: Culinary Management Program

George Brown – The Toronto City College, Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism (Toronto, Ontario)


Food and Beverage Management Program (Restaurant Management)

George Brown – The Toronto City College, Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism (Toronto, Ontario)


Culinary Management

Georgian College (Barrie, Ontario)

Food Services

Kemptville College

(Kemptville, Ontario, affiliated with University of Guelph)

Food Service Worker Certificate

Kemptville College (Kemptville, Ontario)

This program was developed in consultation with the Ministry of Health. This certificate is designed for dietary aid workers in both health care and long term care to meet the future requirements of the ministry. This certificate is offered on a part time basis in the evening for a total of 180 hours. A work placement is required if the participant is not employed in health care or long term care food services. This certificate is delivered anywhere in Eastern Ontario where sufficient numbers are assured.

The Food Service Worker Certificate is available in the following format:

  • Part-time evenings – one 3/hr. class per week plus some Saturdays for Labs. May take a little more than a year to complete.

Food Science and Technology

A degree in Food Science or Food and Drug Technology will allow career opportunities such as management of food/drug processing operations; quality control and product development within food/drug companies; research; plant inspection; technical sales of ingredients.

Note: This information includes some, but not all, available training programs in Ontario.

Bachelor of Science in Food Science (Major)

University of Guelph, Department of Food Science (Guelph, Ontario)

Disclaimer: The material in Dietetic-Related Information and Resources contains hyperlinks to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. The IDPP, and The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, cannot guarantee or control the accuracy, relevance, or timeliness of this information. This list of resources is also not intended to be exhaustive – it offers selected information only. If you discover that a hyperlink is broken, or links to incorrect information, please contact the IDPP (at idpp@ryerson.ca). We update links as frequently as possible, however, given the ever-changing nature of the web, you may find some are out-of-date.

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