Food- and Nutrition-Related Training Programs in Ontario

Nutrition and Food Undergraduate Degree Programs

There are three 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)

The Nutrition and Food program offers a four year Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) degree, from which one can proceed to dietetic internships, graduate degrees, faculties of education, or directly into the job market. The program provides the requirements for related professional credentials; for graduate studies in food science, nutritional science, family sciences and education; and meets the standards of accreditation for Dietitians of Canada.


Applied Human Nutrition: BSc Program

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

Applied Human Nutrition major program embraces both the biological and social aspects of human nutrition. Students examine nutrition from a preventive, maintenance and therapeutic perspective. Students may choose to focus on clinical or community nutrition, or on general dietetics. In any case, students will be learning from recognized experts in their fields. The Applied Human Nutrition major is accredited by the Canadian Dietetic Association and will prepare students to compete for a dietetic internship.


Foods and Nutrition: BSc Program

Brescia University College (London, Ontario)

The Foods and Nutrition program is a Bachelor of Science degree which is also considered a professional program. Foods and Nutrition is offered through the Department of Human Ecology. Honours graduates will have completed the academic requirements to qualify as a Registered Dietitian. The program integrates natural sciences, social sciences and arts with business and professional skills to address the needs of individuals, families and society.

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 two streams for this program (professional option or research option).

Community Nutrition Program (MHSc)

University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences (Toronto, Ontario)

The Master of Health Science in Community Nutrition provides education in advanced level preparation in community nutrition practice and entry-level practice in dietetics. The entry-level component has been accredited by Dietitians of Canada and graduates are eligible for membership in Dietitians of Canada and provincial regulatory bodies such as The College of Dietitians of Ontario. Graduates are employed as nutritionists and consultants in public health departments, and local, provincial and federal levels of government. They are also employed by community health centres, voluntary organizations and the food industry.

The MHSc Program is administered jointly by the Department of Public Health Sciences and the Department of Nutritional Sciences

Family Relations and Applied Nutrition (MAN) Program

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

The MAN program comprises one year (3 semesters) of advanced professional course work and competency-based practice experience. The program is designed to meet the professional practice requirements for becoming a registered dietitian. Graduates will complete the entry-level competencies of Dietitians of Canada (DC), Completion of the competencies will qualify a graduate to write the registration examination to become a member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario (CDO), or an other provincial dietetic regulatory body. The program is accredited by Dietitians of Canada as a dietetic internship. The course work and practicum options permit the pursuit of interests in the various areas of dietetic practice, while meeting the required entry-level dietetic competencies. Students are charged a practicum fee for each semester of the program, in addition to the University academic and non-academic fees.

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 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)

The certificate in Food Security is a post-degree program. It is offered nowhere else in the world, and can be completed entirely through the convenience of distance education. The core components of the certificate studies are research and practice across local, national, and international communities. Learning opportunities cover topics such as hunger and poverty, food policy and programs, community development, urban food security and global nutrition.

Certificate in Food Security graduates find work with domestic and international agencies as well as non-governmental organizations, community development organizations, public health agencies, and university-based institutes and centres. As a Food Security student you may use the services of Ryerson’s Career Development and Employment Centre. The Career Development and Employment Centre offers many valuable services, including free workshops, employer information resources, and employment counselling.


Certificate in Physical Activity: Assessment and Promotion

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

This certificate was developed by Ryerson University’s School of Nutrition as a timely and important response to current controversies and opportunities that arise from the “fit or fat” debate, the call for a “total lifestyle” approach to chronic disease management, and the pending primary health care reform. This certificate is designed to address the specific needs of dietitians, and nutrition and food professionals, offering the knowledge and skills needed to accurately assess and effectively promote physical activity.

The Certificate in Physical Activity meets the educational and career needs of a wide variety of health and wellness professionals that includes registered dietitians, students enrolled in graduate-level nutrition and food programs, graduates of post-secondary nutrition and food programs, and undergraduates enrolled in the upper years of degree-level nutrition and food programs.

The Certificate in Physical Activity will add credibility to an applications for work and can help in the search for employment and career advancement. A nutrition and food professional who isn’t interested in a dietetic internship program (or if such a program is not available), this certificate can lend further credibility to the degree by offering a broader range of career paths, bringing unique knowledge and skills to community and private counselling work.

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)

The Food and Nutrition Management Program is a two year diploma program offering a practical blend of theory and skill development in food production, nutrition and business, prepares students for a broad range of careers. It is the only two-year, post-secondary Food and Nutrition Management Program in the GTA. The program provides the student with a seven-week, clinical and administrative placement, preparing for an entry-level management position.

Students are eligible for membership in the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management (CSNM) when they graduate (the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care requires this membership to work in a long-term care facility).

Fast-tracking is possible for students with related post secondary education.

Food and Nutrition Management Program

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

This is a one-year post-diploma Food and Nutrition Management certificate program. Building on the skills developed in culinary and hospitality programs in Ontario colleges, the program includes courses in food modification, clinical nutrition, physiology, nutrition analysis, sanitation and safety. It combines in-school instruction with clinical and administrative work placements. The schedule for the program allows students to pursue part-time positions in related health-care fields while they are in school.

Graduates will be eligible for membership in the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management. This qualification is necessary to work as a supervisor in provincially accredited health-care facilities in Ontario. Opportunities for employment include food service supervisor, food manager, nutrition manager, diet technician or food service director in hospitals, long-term care facilities, manufacturing, community services and retirement homes.

Food and Nutrition Administration

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

This is a four semester Food and Nutrition Administration program offered to those who would like to enhance their managerial skills in the food service industry. Courses will include organizational behaviour, marketing, project management, entrepreneurial skills development and financial practice. There is also a 10 week of field placement component in a food service operation of your choice.

Food and Nutrition Management

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

This program is for students who are interested in management positions, especially in retirement or long-term care facilities as well as community programs or private consulting businesses. The Canadore College offers a three-year program. The third year provides advanced management courses as well as the opportunity to pursue electives in other areas of interest such as housekeeping, health promotion, hospitality, and recreation and leisure services.

The Food and Nutrition Management program at Canadore College has been awarded a full five-year accreditation by The Canadian Society of Nutrition Management. Graduates are eligible for a free year of membership in this professional organization.

Food, Nutrition & Wellness

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

This program offers training in the areas of food service management, nutrition, food processing, and food safety. Individuals who attend this program are those who are seeking employment in the food industry from food processing to food management, or for individuals currently working in the food industry and wish to upgrade their qualifications.

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)

This program will develop students’ understanding of patient education, clinical nutrition with an understanding of food services. It will prepare student’s foundational knowledge and necessary skill set to practice as a Dietetic Technician with emphasis on clinical.


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, or of the brief descriptions we have included. 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.

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)

This program teaches all aspects of food preparation, presentation and management. The fundamental skills are acquired through demonstrations, lectures and hands-on practice, in addition to general courses such as business communications and computer skills. This program includes a unique industry externship with leading industry chefs.


Food and Beverage Management Program (Restaurant Management)

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

A two-year Food and Beverage Management diploma program. The program includes development of catering, restaurant and institutional food service management skills. This includes courses in food service management, banquet catering, food and beverage cost control, nutrition and financial and human resources management. The program offers specialization in a specific management area - restaurant, bar and entertainment venue, catering or hotel food service, in addition to general courses such as business communications and computer skills are offered. This program includes a unique industry externship for seven weeks in the fourth semester.

All first-year and many second-year courses of this program are offered on a part-time basis. In addition, George Brown College offers evening and weekend courses and certificate programs in Hospitality Management.


Culinary Management

Georgian College (Barrie, Ontario)

The program includes practical labs in food preparation and presentation, baking and pastry and wine service. The program provides paid, practical experience.

Food Services

The following two programs in food services are offered at Kemptville College.

Note: This is not a comprehensive list of available food service training programs in Ontario.

Kemptville College

(Kemptville, Ontario, affiliated with University of Guelph)

In addition to the Kemptville Associate Diploma in Food, Nutrition & Risk Management, Kemptville College offers a variety of more basic continuing education courses and custom training in the areas of food, nutrition, food processing and food safety. These programs are intended for individuals interested in, or working in these fields, and planning to upgrade their qualifications, and or acquire new and specialized skills.

The education and training programs are flexible; delivered at any campus location within the college network, on-site at specific organizations or institutional locations, and in a distance format. Workshops and specialty seminars are varied and change from year to year.

Food service programs available at Kemptville College:


Food Service Worker

One Year Certificate will provide students with skills that will be useful in commercial and institutional food service. Graduates will meet the future Ministry of Health requirements to work as a Dietary Aid in long term care as well as the requirements to work as a Food Service Worker in general. The graduates will also receive their Smart Serve Certificate and The National Sanitation Training Certificate. Participants in this program can easily transfer into the Food, Nutrition and Risk Management Diploma if desired.


Food Service Worker Certificate

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)

Food Science is part of the Honours B.Sc. Program. After completing the first two semesters of the general science program, six additional semesters are required. During this time, students study Food Engineering, Food Chemistry, Food Microbiology, Food Processing, Food Analysis and Food Product Development. Electives are offered to develop areas of expertise

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, or of the brief descriptions we have included. 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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