Environmental Education Chart

Last year A\J produced its first at-a-glance guide to Canadian campus communities with environmental degree programs. We were motivated by the idea that it can be frustrating to try and compare the living experiences at different postsecondary institutions using only their websites. Every single school seems to organize its information differently and the specifics you’re looking for are often buried.

A\J has simplified this task by researching the factors that matter most to your bottom line. This chart allows easy comparison of tuition or residence costs, transit pass rates and indicators of sustainability initiatives on campus. It is by no means intended to replace an elaborate consultation of university websites. But we hope it will make your decision a far more pleasant one to make.

Good luck – we wish you all the best on your journey! 

University

Tuition1

(2 terms)

Residence Costs2

(2 terms, incl. meals unless indicated)

Housing Costs3

(Bachelor / 3 bedroom)

Transit Pass4

(Included with student card unless indicated)

Sustainability Report5

Sustainability Initiatives6

Waste Processing7

Food Choices8

British Columbia

Universities

Capilano U

North Vancouver

$4,851  NA $890 / $1,420 Discounted
metro pass
($45 / month)
NA Sustainability Policy NA NA

Kwantlen U

Langley

$3,855  NA $890 / $1,420 Transit pass In-house reports Stategic Energy Management Plan, Commitment to LEED-gold in new buildings NA Fair trade coffee, sustainable seafood

Kwantlen U

Richmond

$3,855 NA $890 / $1,420 Transit pass In-house reports Stategic Energy Management Plan, Commitment to LEED-gold in new buildings NA Fair trade coffee, sustainable seafood

Royal Roads U

Victoria

$6,870 – $8,670 NA  $686 / $1,334 Transit pass AASHE STARS Office of Sustainability Composting Fair trade, local food, farmers’ market

Simon Fraser U

Burnaby

$5,115  $5418 $890 / $1,420 Transit pass AASHE STARS Office of Sustainability Composting, reusable café containers  Local food, fair trade, farmers’ market

Simon Fraser U

Bamfield

$5,115  $5418 $890 / $1,420 Transit pass AASHE STARS Office of Sustainability Composting, reusable café containers Local food, fair trade, farmers’ market

Thompson Rivers U

Kamloops

$3,830  $4,100 – $6,160 (no meals) $618 / $1,041 Transit pass AASHE STARS Office of Environment and Sustainability NA Local food

Trinity Western U

Langley

$22,260  $4,570 (no meals) - $8910 (incl. meals) $567 / $920 Discounted
metro pass
($72 / 2 terms)
Student-produced NA NA NA

UBC

Vancouver

$4,794  $7,969 – $10,396 $890 / $1,420 Transit pass AASHE STARS Sustainability
Initiative Office
Composting Fair trade coffee, sustainable seafood, UBC farm

UBC

Kelowna

$4,794 $8,000 $592 / $1,121 Transit pass AASHE STARS Sustainability
Initiative Office
Composting Fair trade coffee, sustainable seafood, UBC farm

U of the Fraser Valley

Abbotsford

$3,941  $5373 (plus
$2-4,000 meal plan)
$567 / $920 Transit pass In-house reports Sustainability Coordinator Composting in beta-testing NA

U of Northern BC

Prince George

$4,816  $8658 – $9276 $544 / $828 Transit pass In-house reports Sustainability Coordinator Composting Local food, farmers’ market

U of Victoria

Victoria

$5,058  $8366 $686 / $1,334 Transit pass AASHE STARS Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability Composting Local food, staff dietician

Vancouver Island U

Nanaimo

$4,015  $4200 – $5000 $556 / $947 Discounted
metro pass ($55 / month)
In-house reports Environment and Sustainability Office Composting, K-Cup Recycling Local food, farmers’ market

Colleges

British Columbia Intitute of Technology

Burnaby

$5,771 $4,902 $890 / $1,420 $30 per month LEED for existing buildings: Operations, Green cleaning and environmental design Energy management Composting Local food, low packaging, farmer's market (Seasonal), Reusable dishes

Camosun College

Victoria

$3,650 N/A $686 / $1,334 Transit pass with student card Building with LEED's Gold standard Sustainability council Composting Local foods

College of the Rockies

Cranbrook

$5,817.45 $3,400

$613 / $815

Transit pass with student card        

Douglas College

New Westminster

$1,444.20 N/A - Transit pass with student card N/A N/A N/A N/A

Langara College

Vancouver

$5,196.52 N/A $890 / $1,420 Transit pass with student card Carbon neutral report Energy management plan N/A N/A

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

Merritt

$886.40 $4,000 - Transit pass with student card N/A N/A N/A N/A

North Island College

Comox

$2,985 N/A - $44/per month ACCC Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability Environmental Committee Composting N/A

Northwest Community College

Terrace

$5,070.66 $4,337

$606 / $895

$184 /per year Started working with AASHE (new 2014) Green teams N/A N/A

Okanagan College

Kelowna

$3,939.94 $3,900

$592 / $1,121

$48/per month LEED certifed building and products "green seal and eco certifed" Facility management Composting Fair trade, Reusable dishes

Selkirk College

Castlegar

$4,121 $3,960.00 - $110/per semester N/A   Composting N/A

Alberta

Universities

Concordia U College of AB

Edmonton

$6,880  $6,480 – $8,210 $750 / $1,248 Discounted
metro pass
($77 / month)
NA NA NA NA

Mount Royal U

Calgary

$4,894 – $5,505 $5,426 – $7,632 (no meals) $814 / $1,052 Transit pass In-house reports Sustainability Committee,
commitment to LEED
for new buildings
NA NA

King’s U College

Edmonton

$9,920 – $10,560 $5,426 – $7,632 $750 / $1,248 Regular pass ($81 / month) AASHE STARS Office of Sustainability NA NA

U of Alberta

Edmonton

5,269 $6,352 – $7,496 $750 / $1,248 Transit pass AASHE STARS Sustainability Coordinator NA Local food

U of Calgary

Calgary

5,333 $6,566 – $9,349 $814 / $1,052 Transit pass AASHE STARS Office of
Sustainability
Composting Local food, fair trade

U of Lethbridge

Lethbridge

4,925 $4,251 – $6,879 $579 / $948 Transit pass In-house reports Sustainability Association Composting Local food, sustainable seafood

Colleges

Keyano College

Fort McMurray

$7,024 $3,904 - $34.25/per month N/A N/A N/A N/A

Grande Prairie Regional College

Grande Prairie

$6,901.07 $3,800 $983 / $1,275 $43/per month N/A Corporate Sustainability Initiative N/A N/A

Lakeland College

Vermillion

$5,193 $4,930 - $50/per month N/A Centre for Sustainable Innovation Composting Local food, Sustainable fish and seafood, sustainable grown and raised food, fair trade

Lethbridge College

Lethbridge

$6,497 $5,000 $778 / $1,034 $289/per semester N/A N/A Composting N/A

Medicine Hat College

Medicine Hat

$2,552 $3,704 $649 / $809 $56/per month N/A N/A Composting N/A

Olds College

Olds

$5,976 $2,534 - $96/per month N/A N/A Composting Local food

Portage College

Lac la Biche

$4,607 $4,200 - N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Red Deer College

Red Deer

$6,446 $3,760 $816 / $1,034 $29/per month N/A N/A N/A Fair trade

Saskatchewan

Universities

First Nations U of Canada

Regina

$5,542 – $5,872 At University of Regina $640 / $1,183 Regular pass ($53 / month) NA NA NA NA

U of Regina

Regina

$5,542 – $5,872 $5,323 – $5,815 $640 / $1,183 Regular pass ($53 / month) AASHE STARS Committee on Sustainability NA Farmers market

U of Saskatchewan

Saskatoon

$5,280  $7,421 – $8,301 $653 / $1,074 Transit pass AASHE STARS Sustainability Board NA Local food, fair trade coffee, Good Food market

Colleges

Parkland College

Yorkton

$5,250 N/A $728 / $927   N/A N/A N/A N/A

Saskatchewan Polytechnic (formerly SIAST)

Saskatoon

5,600 $4,480 $653 / $1,074 $264/per semester N/A N/A N/A Local food

Manitoba

Universities

Brandon U

Brandon

$3,159 – $3,356 $6,641 – $9,201 $468 / $992 Transit pass NA NA NA NA

Canadian Mennonite U

Winnipeg

$6,780  $6,074 – $10,732 $554 / $1,162 Discounted
metro pass
($68 / month)
NA Director of Peace
and Sustainability
NA Compostable dishes, annual farmers market

U of Manitoba

Winnipeg

$3,307 – $3,867 $5,894 – $11,465 $554 / $1,162 Discounted metro pass ($68 / month) In-house reports Office of
Sustainability
Composting NA

U of Winnipeg

Winnipeg

$3,184 – $3,224 $4,088 – $10,274 $554 / $1,162 Discounted metro pass ($68 / month) In-house reports Campus
Sustainability Office
Composting Local food

Colleges

Assiniboine Community College

Brandon

$3,650 $6,641 $468 / $992 $45/per month LEED Certifed Green building rating system Assiniboine Community college committee N/A N/A

Red River College

Winnipeg

$3,755 $7,320 $554 / $1,162 $33/per month LEED Certifed EBOM River Rock College Composting Local food

Ontario

Universities

Algoma U

Sault Ste. Marie

$5,622  $7,710 – $8,410 $566 / $1,010 $54 / month In-house reports NA NA NA

Brock U

St. Catharines

$5,671 – $5,837 $9,310 – $12,085 $758 / $1,377 Transit pass In-house reports Sustainability Coordinating
Committee
Composting incl. coffee cups Fair trade, local food, sustainability policies

Carleton U

Ottawa

$5,818 – $8,373 $8,841 – $12, 323 $541 / $1,046 Transit pass AASHE STARS Sustainability Team Composting Local food, sustainable seafood, fair trade,
styrofoam-free

Lakehead U

Thunder Bay

$5,654 – $5,736 $7,955-$9,805 $701 / $1,265 Transit pass In-house reports Sustainability Coordinator Battery and e-waste collection Concerns for sustainable food

Laurentian U

Sudbury

$5,668 – $5,752 $5,350 (with meals) – $6,739 (no meals) $567 / $1,100 Discounted transit pass ($74 / month) In-house reports NA NA NA

McMaster U

Hamilton

$5,738 – $5,793 $6,670 – $11,015 $579 / $1,117 Transit pass In-house reports Office of
Sustainability
Composting Local food, sustainable seafood, re-usable take-out containers

Nipissing U

North Bay

$5,462 – $5,541 $7,589 – $8,246 $535 / $924 Transit pass In-house reports Sustainability
advisory committee
NA Farmers market

Queen’s U

Kingston

$5,822 – $5,877 $11,937 – $13,486 $665 / $1,275 Transit pass,
transit pass discount for staff
AASHE STARS Sustainability Office, LEED professional
on staff
Composting Fair trade, local food, community garden, farmers market

Redeemer U College

Ancaster

$14,720  $6,808 – 7,208 $579 / $1,117 Transit pass In-house reports NA Composting NA

Ryerson U

Toronto

$5,772 – $5,857 $9,584 – 13,552 $834 / $1,445 Discounted
metro pass
($117.75 / month)
In-house reports Sustainability
Office
Battery recycling Community gardens, farmer’s market, local & sustainable options

Trent U

Peterborough

$5,698 – $5,864 $8,343 – $11,569 $626 / $1,087 Transit pass In-house reports Sustainability Office, LEED professional
on staff
Composting Local & sustainable options, rooftop gardens, fair trade

U of Guelph

Guelph

$5,667 – $5,857 $8,659 – $13,553 $634 / $1,064 Transit pass,
Transit pass
discount for staff
AASHE STARS Sustainability
Office
Composting Local food & sustainable options, fair trade, styrofoam-free, re-usable take-out containers

U of Ottawa

Ottawa

$5,835  $4,835 – $10,695 $758 / $1,377 Transit pass AASHE STARS Office of
Sustainability
Composting Fair trade, local and sustainable

U of Toronto

Toronto

$5,809 – $9,968 $10,333 – $17,645 $834 / $1,445 Transit pass In-house reports Office of Sustainability Composting, e-waste collection Local food & sustainable options, farmers’ market

U of Waterloo

Waterloo

$5,820 – $7,188 $9,266 – $11,775 $640 / $1,060 Transit pass In-house reports Sustainable
Campus Initiative
Composting, e-waste collection Local food & sustainable options, fair trade, styrofoam-free, re-usable take-out containers

Western U

London

$5,746 – $5,801 $9,372 – $9,772 $582 / $1,082 Transit pass AASHE STARS Office of
Sustainability
Composting Local food & sustainable options, farmers’ market, fair trade

U of Windsor

Windsor

$5,670 – $5,724 $7,463 – $9,484 $495 / $929 Discounted
metro pass
($44-60 / month)
AASHE STARS Sustainability
Advocate
NA Local & sustainable options

Wilfrid Laurier U

Waterloo

$5,670 – $5,836 $6,940 – $9,200 $640 / $1,060 Transit pass AASHE STARS Sustainability
Office
Composting, e-waste collection, battery recycling Local food & sustainable options, farmers’ market, fair trade, community gardens,

York U

Toronto

$5,808 – $5,864 $6,808 – $11,392 $834 / $1,445 Discounted
metro pass
($108 / month)
In-house reports President’s
Sustainability
Council
Composting Local food & sustainable options, fair trade, re-usable take-out containers, community garden, farmers’ market

Colleges

Algonquin College

Ottawa

$5,456 $7,030 $541 / $1,046 $100.75/per month LEED Certifed Green building rating system Board of Governors Composting Fair trade

Cambrian College

Sudbury

$3,544 $6,312

$567 / $1,100

$74/per month N/A N/A N/A Fair trade

Canadore College

North Bay

$3,569 $4,600 $535 / $924 Transit pass with student card N/A N/A N/A Reusable dishes

Centennial College

Toronto

$3,636 $4,940 $834 / $1,445 $108/per month Energy Consumption & GHG Emission Reduction Centennial College N/A N/A

College Boreal

Sudbury (french only)

$2,812 $4,750 $567 / $1,100 $74/per month N/A N/A N/A Fair trade

Conestoga College

Kitchener

$3,843 $5,500 $816 / $1,110 $257/per semester The Zero waste movement GREEN Committee Composting N/A

Confederation College

Thunder Bay

$4,039 $4,340 $723 / $1,070 Transit pass with student card Environmental Action Plan Sustainability Resources Composting Fair Trade, local food

Durham College

Whitby, Oshawa

$5,374 $5,400 $872 / $1,152 Transit pass with student card Bronze Star (Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating system Sustainability Committee N/A Reusable dishes discount

Fanshawe College

London

$4,644 $7,340 $582 / $1,082 Transit pass with student card N/A N/A Composting Reusable dishes

Fleming College

Peterborough

$7,262 $6,560 $626 / $1,087 $50/per month Set own goals Office of sustainability Composting Reusable dishes discount

Georgian College

Orangeville

$4,108 $6,390 $834 / $1,445 $63.85/per month LEED Certifed green building rating system & Leed Silver construction Environment sustainability committee Composting Local food

Humber College

Toronto

$3,794 $8,629 $834 / $1,445 $108/per month LEED gold & silver certifed building, energy star certifed photocopiers Sustainability Coordinationg Committee Composting N/A

Lambton College

Sarnia

$3,744 $8,150 - $165/per semester AASHE STARS Sustainability Committee N/A Local food

Loyalist College

Belleville

$3,741 $5,460 - $65/per month N/A N/A Composting Reusable dishes discount

Mohawk College

Hamilton

$5,400 $9,500 $579 / $1,117 $71/per month 2 LEED Gold Building certificates, Evaluate Greenhouse gases regularly Sustainability Office Compositng and Battery Recycle Local food, Farmer's Market

Niagara College

Niagara Falls

$5,354 $6,760 $742 / $1,051 Tranist pass with student card AASHE STARS Sustainability Committee N/A Local food

Northern College

Timmins

$4,417 $8,111 - $61/per term N/A N/A N/A Reusable dishes

St. Clair College

Windsor

$2,687 $5,150 $495 / $929 $208/per term N/A N/A N/A N/A

St. Lawrence College

Kingston

$3,815 $6,620 $665 / $1,275 Tranist pass Annual waste audits, energy efficiency audits Sustainability Office Composting Urban fram, reusable take out containers

Sault College

Sault Ste. Marie

$3,507 $7,728 - $160/per term N/A N/A N/A N/A

Sheridan College

Oakville

$1,335 $6,850 - $150/per month LEED gold Building certificate Sustainability Office Composting  

Quebec

Universities

Bishop’s U

Sherbrooke

$2,224 – $6,241 $7,832 – $9,292 $392 / $713 Discounted
metro pass
($69 / month)
In-house reports Sustainable Development
Action Group
Composting Local food & sustainable options, fair trade, compostable take-out containers, farmers’ market

Concordia U

Montreal

$2,224 – $6,241 $7,697 – $10,908 $573 / $907 Discounted
metro pass
($47 / month)
AASHE STARS Sustainability Coordinator Composting Re-usable dishes, local food & sustainable options,

McGill U

Montreal

$2,224 – $6,235 $9,876 – $17,485 $573 / $907 Discounted
metro pass
($180 / term)
AASHE STARS Sustainability Office Composting, hazardous waste management Local food & sustainable options, sustainable seafood, fair trade, farmers’ market

Université Laval

Quebec City

$2,224 – $6,235 $2,898
(no meals) 
$523 / $876 Discounted
transit pass
($54.25 / month)
AASHE STARS, In-house annual report Sustainable Development Coordinator Composting, e-waste Re-useable dishes, compostable containers, community garden, fair trade coffee, local food

U de Quebec à Montréal

Montreal

$2,224 – $6,055 $3,915- $7,875
(no meals)
$573 / $907 Discounted
transit pass
($47.25 / month) 
In-house annual report Environment
Committee
E-waste Community gardens, farmers’ market

U de Montréal

Montreal

$2,224 – $5,914 $3,000 – $5,656
(no meals)
$573 / $907 Discounted
transit pass
($47.25 / month)
In-house reports Regional Sustainable Development Committee Composting, e-waste Re-usable dishes, community gardens, fair trade, farmers’ market

U de Sherbrooke

Sherbrooke

$2,858 – $7,216 $2,440 – $4,400
(no meals)
$392 / $713 Transit pass In-house reports Regional Sustainable Development Committee Composting Re-usable dishes, compostable containers, community garden

Colleges

New Brunswick

Universities

Mount Allison U

Sackville

$7,245  $8,740 – $10,617 $501 / $860 No city bus
service
In-house reports Sustainability
Action Plan
Composting Local food, sustainable seafood, fair trade, university farm

St. Thomas U

Fredericton

$5,379  $7,905 – $10,680 $576 / $1,036 Transit pass In-house reports Sustainability Coordinator NA NA

U de Moncton

Moncton

$5,441  $2,382 – $5,878
(no meals)
$501 / $860 Discounted
transit pass
($47 / month)
NA NA NA NA

U of New Brunswick

Fredericton

$6,007  $8,896 – $11,437 $576 / $1,036 Discounted
metro pass
$60 / month)
In-house reports Sustainability Coordinator Composting Local food & sustainable options, fair trade, re-usable and compostable take-out containers, sustainable seafood

Colleges

New Brunswick Community College

Fredericton

$3,775 N/A $576 / $1,036 $45/per month AASHE STARS N/A N/A Farmer's Market

Maritime College of Forest Technology

Fredericton

$2,875 $4,106 $576 / $1,036 $45/per month (fredericton) N/A N/A N/A N/A

Nova Scotia

Universities

Acadia U

Wolfville

$5,987 – $7009 $7,802 – $12,982 $502 / $724 Discounted
metro pass
($65 / month)
In-house reports Sustainability
Office
Composting, e-waste collection, battery recycling Local food & sustainable options, community farm,

Cape Breton U

Cape Breton

$4,907 – $5,929 $8,480 – $11,316 $546 / $872 Discounted
metro pass
($45 / month)
In-house reports Sustainability Coordinator Composting Local food & sustainable options, fair trade, styrofoam-free, sustainable seafood

Dalhousie U

Halifax

$5,305 – $6,237 $7,975 – $11,630 $703 / $1,207 Transit pass AASHE STARS Office of
Sustainability
Composting, e-waste collection, battery recycling Local food & sustainable options, fair trade, sustainable seafood, farmers’ market, community gardens

St. Francis Xavier U

Antigonish

$5,497 – $6,519 $7,310 – $11,735 $476 / $700 No city bus service In-house reports Sustainability
Committee
Composting Local food & sustainable options, fair trade, eliminated plastic use, sustainable seafood

Saint Mary’s U

Halifax

$4,907 – $5,929 $8,430 – $10,225 $703 / $1,207 Transit pass AASHE STARS Sustainability
Office
  Community garden

Colleges

Nova Scotia Community College

Sydney

$3,040 $5,200 $603 / $1,018 $164/per academic year AASHE STARS, LEED gold and silver and BOMABESt Certification Sustainability office Composting Farmer's Market, Fair trade, Reusable dishes

Newfoundland

Universities

Memorial U

St. John’s

$2,550  $7,174 – $8,590 $620 / $885 Transit pass In-house reports Sustainability
Office
Composting, e-waste collection, battery recycling Community garden, fair trade,

Colleges

College of the North Atlantic

Stephenville

$3,662 N/A - $220/per semester N/A N/A Composting N/A

Prince Edward Island

Universities

U of PEI

Charlottetown

$5,360  $8,556 – $10,386 $496 / $980 Transit pass In-house reports Office of
Sustainability
Composting Local & sustainable food options

Colleges

Holland College

Charlottetown

$6,520 $5,499 $496 / $980 Transit pass with student card Sustainability Award Green Machine Composting N/A

Territorial Colleges

Nunavut
Arctic College

Nunavut

$2,720 $590 / month (no meals) NA NA NA NA NA NA

Aurora College

Inuvik

$2,400 $7 / day (no meals) NA NA NA NA NA NA

Yukon College

Whitehorse

$3,360 $3,180 – $5,720 (no meals) $1,159 / $1,834 NA NA NA NA NA

SOURCES 1 - Tuition for 2014-15, taken from individual school websites. 2 - Residence costs per 2-term year, 2014-15, taken from individual school websites. 3 - Housing costs for both bachelor apartments and three-bedroom houses from 2012 and 2014 rental market reports at cmhc-schl.gc.ca. 4 - Monthly cost of local transit pass if it is not included in student card. 5 - What type of sustainability report is available. 6 - What type of sustainability office or team is available. 7 - What type of waste processing is done on campus beyond municipal waste and recycling programs. 8 - Sustainable campus food choices and facilities.