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Certificate in
Local Economic Development

This certificate is designed for entry-level economic development professionals and experienced professionals looking to enhance their skills and knowledge to thrive in public and private local economic development (LED) positions. The certificate will successfully prepare graduates with the skills and competencies to address the current and emerging area of LED in the Canadian context. Graduating students may apply courses towards the educational requirements for their Ec.D. Certification.

For detailed certificate and program information, please visit ryerson.ca/ce/led.

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

OSSD with six Grade 12 U or M credits (including English), with a minimum average of 60 percent, or equivalent; or an undergraduate degree; or a college diploma; or mature student status with a combination of relevant work and life experience.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of four courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Awards and Financial Aid

If you require financial assistance, you may apply for merit-based awards and/or need-based financial aid. As well, students officially registered in a Chang School certificate program may be eligible for funding through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). For a complete list of certificate programs approved by OSAP, visit the Student Financial Assistance website.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete, within your official timespan, the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Required Courses

CPLE 795   Planning:  Local Economic Development Fundamentals
CPLE 995   Planning:  Ecn Development and Business Improvement
CVUP 155   Planning:  LED Applied Research Project
CVUP 160   Planning:  Capstone Project in LED


Note to registered certificate program students
Required Courses
CPLE 745 and CPLE 845 deleted.
CPLE 795 and CPLE 995 added.