Red River College Polytechnic


Red River College (RRC) Polytechnic is Manitoba’s largest institute of applied learning and research, offers more than 200 full- and part-time programs, including degree, diploma, post-diploma, and certificate options, with most programs taking two years or less to complete. Through applied learning experiences, students gain practical skills across various fields, from skilled trades to industry settings. RRC Polytech prioritizes employer connections by providing access to industry-standard equipment and technology, as well as experiential learning opportunities such as placements and apprenticeships.

With a focus on flexibility, RRC Polytech offers a wide range of part-time programs, courses, and micro-credentials. Thus, allowing students to tailor their education to their needs. The success of RRC Polytech graduates in finding employment is attributed to the program's alignment with industry needs and extensive work-integrated learning opportunities, often leading to job offers before graduation.

At RRC Polytechnic, you don’t just sit in classrooms all day long. From teaching apart vehicles to mixing pharmaceuticals to producing your own TV news features, RRC programs give you the chance to learn through experience. You’ll also get to work with the most modern technology and equipment, helping you stay current with industry.

  • Applied Computer Education (ACE)
  • Hospitality Management
  • Culinary Arts

Quick Facts

Alumni & Faculty Achievements

Red River College Polytechnic’s alumni community is a diverse network of entrepreneurs, contributors, and innovators with the essential skills needed to drive industry in our province. Together, we champion Manitoba’s largest institute of applied learning and research, and connect with each other, the College, and the wider business community.

Notable ALumni:
  • Amanda Buhse - Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Coal and Canary.
  • Carly Edmundson - Executive director of marketing and communications at CentrePort Canada Inc.
  • Nick Bevilacqua - Director of business operations and government relations at Boeing Canada Winnipeg
  • Matt Wolff - Operations manager at Torque Brewing
  • Anika Maria - Accountant at MLT Aikins LLP
  • Jack Meseyton - Vice-president at E.F. Moon Construction Ltd.
  • Robert Okabe - Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba (CTTAM)
  • Nick Bockstael - Vice-President of Construction for Bockstael Construction Ltd.


Achieved STARS Silver Rating for Sustainability Achievements (2023)

1st post-secondary in Manitoba to the sign the SDG Accord (2023)

Manitou a bi Bii daziigae, winner of the Canadian Green Building Excellence Award for New Construction (2023)

On November 30, RRC Polytech marked the accreditation of eight of its programs by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC).

The accreditation is the result of a comprehensive audit that includes a tour of each program's labs and student support services, and interviews with its students, faculty, alumni and graduates' employers.

The eight programs that received accreditation are:

  • Electronic Engineering Technology
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Structural Engineering Technology
  • Architectural/Engineering Technology
  • Municipal Engineering Technology
  • Environmental Engineering Technology


List of Programs for International Students (updated on March 22, 2024)

  • Spring – May start date
  • Summer – July start date
  • Fall – August/September start date
  • Winter – January/February start date

Red River College Polytechnic endeavours to provide the most current version of all program and course information. Please be advised that classes may be scheduled between 8.00 a.m. and 10.00 p.m. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, process, or procedure without notice or prejudice. Fees may change without notice.

  • Intensive English
  • Business and Management
  • Community Services
  • Computer and Information Systems Technology
  • Creative Arts
  • Engineering and Construction Technology
  • Health Sciences
  • Culinary
  • Indigenous Education
  • Skilled Trades
  • Transportation Technology

Life in Manitoba

Welcome to Manitoba

RRC Polytech is located in the heart of Canada. Manitoba has a diverse, multi-ethnic population of over 1.3 million, representing more than 100 languages and nationalities. The province offers a range of landscapes, from the rugged beauty of the boreal forests to vast golden prairies to the many lakes and parks found throughout the province.

Manitoba has facilitated immigration system that provides international students with a structured alternative to becoming a permanent resident in Canada.

The City of Winnipeg

Winnipeg is located in the centre of North America, and is rich with business, social and cultural opportunities. It’s often considered a big city with a small-town attitude.

  • One year of study at RRC Polytech costs less than a year of study in Vancouver or Montreal.
  • Winnipeg enjoys the most amount of sunshine and hours of clear skies per year of any Canadian city, as well as four distinct seasons.
  • In winter, the ice trail situated on the frozen Red and Assiniboine Rivers spans more than 10 kilometres for skating and walking.
  • Winnipeg hosts year-round festivals celebrating music, theatre, comedy and culture. Festival du Voyageur, Western Canada’s biggest winter celebration, also takes place in Winnipeg.
  • Fans cheer for the Winnipeg Jets hockey team, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers football team, the Valour FC soccer team and the Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball team.
  • The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra are internationally recognized.


Live on Campus - Red River College Polytechnic Residence

Red River College Polytechnic’s student Residence is located inside the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute and is two blocks away from the Roblin Centre in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District. The Notre Dame Campus is easily accessible by bus from the Residence.


  • Modern, air-conditioned, fully furnished suites
    • Single ensuite rooms
    • Double suites with two private bedrooms, shared kitchenette and bathroom
  • WiFi available throughout Residence
  • Shared community spaces
    • Kitchen
    • Lounges with TVs and comfortable furniture
    • Bicycle storage
    • Laundry rooms
  • 24-hour Security on-site
  • Visit the Campus Living website for more information and to apply for a room.

Other Renting Alternatives

There are many options for living off-campus. Kijiji is the most popular website for rentals in Winnipeg. Other websites for rentals include Craigslist, RentBoard or Roomgo.

Manitoba has one of the lowest costs of living in North America, but also a high standard of living. In Winnipeg, some typical rent costs are:

  • $500 (single room)
  • $900 (studio apartment)
  • $1,200 (two bed-room apartment)
  • $2,200-3,000 (house)


Homestays allow you to live in a Canadian home, and to learn English in a natural setting. They also help you to adjust more quickly and provide you with a better understanding of Canadian culture. This option can be very rewarding if you are flexible and willing to adjust to a new environment.

Estimated Cost of Living in Winnipeg per Year

$12,000 (includes living expenses, food, transportation, and entertainment costs)

Location Map

RRC Polytech Campuses

Five out of our eight campuses have programs available to international students – three in Winnipeg and two regional campuses in Manitoba.

Winnipeg Campuses

Red River College Polytechnic has three major campuses in Winnipeg – Notre Dame Campus, Stevenson (Airport) Campus and Exchange District Campus. The Exchange District Campus is comprised of many buildings and centres, including the Roblin Centre, Language Training Centre, and the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute.

Notre Dame Campus

The Notre Dame Campus (NDC) is RRC Polytech’s largest campus and only a few short minutes from the Winnipeg International Airport. This location features efficient public transportation routes with transit buses that easily connect to the rest of the city. Large parking lots within the campus also allow students to drive and park safely.

Most Community Services, Engineering, Health Sciences, Skilled Trades and Transportation programs take place here. In this location, you’ll find the following facilities:

  • Two gyms
  • Library
  • Student lounges
  • Cafeteria
  • Restaurant
  • Tim Hortons
  • Computer labs
  • Campus store

Roblin Centre – Exchange District Campus

Located in Winnipeg’s city centre, our Exchange District Campus (EDC) includes many different buildings spread throughout Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District and Downtown. This campus is located within walking distance of many commercial and residential buildings.

The EDC does not have a parking lot operated by RRC Polytech, but because of its excellent location within blocks from two of the most important streets in Winnipeg (Main Street and Portage Avenue), public transportation is extremely efficient.

The Roblin Centre is where most of the Business, Information Technology and Creative Arts programs take place. In this location, you’ll find the following facilities:

  • Gym
  • Library
  • Computer labs
  • Student lounges
  • Tim Hortons
  • Campus store

Paterson GlobalFoods Institute – Exchange District Campus

Also located in the Exchange District Campus, the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute (PGI) is where the Culinary and Hospitality programs take place. This is also where the campus residence is located. In this location, you’ll find the following facilities:

  • Campus residence
  • Culinary Exchange
  • Culinary Exchange

Language Training Centre

The Language Training Centre is located at the Exchange District Campus and just steps away from the Roblin Centre and Paterson GlobalFoods Institute. This is where RRC Polytech’s Intensive English for International Students and other language programs take place. In this location, you’ll find the following facilities:

  • Computer lab
  • Computer lab

Stevenson Campus (Airport)

The Stevenson Campus (Airport) is located on the west side of the Winnipeg airport. This campus was built to train Manitoba’s workforce to participate in all aspects of the aviation and aerospace industry – the province is home to the third largest aerospace sector in Canada.

In this location, you’ll find the following facilities:

  • Student lounge
  • Computer lab

Regional Campuses

RRC Polytech has many campuses throughout the province of Manitoba. Among our regional campuses, the Portage Campus and Steinbach Campus have programs for international students.

Portage Campus

The Portage Campus is located in the city of Portage la Prairie, in the Central Plains region of Manitoba. Located in a historic building, the campus offers ample classroom space, accessibility, a gymnasium and a student lounge and computer study area.

In this location, you’ll find the following facilities:

  • Library
  • Student lounge
  • Computer lab

Steinbach Campus

Our Steinbach Campus is located in the Eastman Education Centre on Loewen Boulevard, a state-of-the-art facility in the residential part of the city of Steinbach. The smaller class sizes, student-friendly atmosphere and convenient location are just a few of the many advantages of this campus.

In this location, you’ll find the following facilities:

  • Library
  • Student lounge
  • Computer lab