Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you'll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about studying at The Canadian College of Technology and Business (CCTB).

Follow these steps to complete the application process for a program at CCTB: 

Step 1:  

Visit our online application portal at

Step 2: 

Fill out the form, upload your documents and submit your application. 

Step 3: 

If you meet all the program requirements, we'll send you your enrolment contract and an invoice for any tuition fees due, including your payment schedule.  

Step 4: 

Pay any outstanding fees as per invoice. Once we receive your payment, you will  receive a Letter  of Acceptance.  

Step 5: 

Apply for your Study Permit/Student Work Permit/Visa, if applicable. 

Yes, CCTB is a Designated Learning Institution. Our DLI number is O134304821852 

The Canadian College of Technology and Business offers both CO-OP and Practicum Placement opportunities as part of our programs through our established industry partnerships. 

Co-op Experience

Within our CO-OP based programs, work experience placement represents 50% of the total program duration. Students will get to apply their newly acquired skills within the industry through a guaranteed paid work experience placement opportunity. 

Practicum Experience

Students that prefer shorter program durations can take advantage of our practicum-based programs, where the practicum component represents only 20% of the overall program duration. While practicum placement is an unpaid opportunity, it still offers CCTB students with valuable experience in the field and a faster program completion and graduation time. 


We do not provide on-campus accommodation such as dormitories. However, Canadian College of Technology and Business has partnered with to offer students a variety of housing and affordable rooms for rent around the CCTB campus and Greater Vancouver. When booking through 4stay students can choose from a number of accommodation options; pay no deposit and book with confidence thanks to 4stays’s guarantees. Click here to view student accommodation options with 4stay. 

Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, CCTB campus is only steps away from public transit including the Waterfront SkyTrain Station, bus routes, and the SeaBus terminal. The vibrant and lively neighborhood is full of restaurants, stores, entertainment options, shopping centers and gym facilities.  
Many of the world’s largest companies have offices within walking distance of our campus, providing students with unparalleled access to a network of prospective employers. Vancouver has been named the third most livable city in the world by The Economist and that livability is evident as you stroll through the bustling scenic city. 

Places to Visit 

Vancouver has something for everyone. From hiking trails, snowboarding or skiing to going for a swim at the beach, shopping at one of the many malls, and celebrity spotting, Vancouver has it all.  

Here are top 10 must-see attractions in Vancouver: 

1. Granville Island  
2. Stanley Park 
3. Grouse Mountain 
4. Canada Place  
5. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park  
6. Vancouver Lookout  
7. Science World 
8. Vancouver Art Gallery  
9. Queen Elizabeth Park  
10. Vancouver Aquarium 

Yes. At orientation, students can learn about the college, familiarize themselves with the campus, meet administration staff, and find out where to ask for help if they need it. The goal of the orientation is to reinforce our strong learning culture and student support network. Please note that New Student Orientation is mandatory for all new students. It must be completed to be eligible to continue with other courses. 

Yes. We provide scholarship opportunities for international students. For more information, as well as the eligibility criteria and regulations, please access: CCTB Policies  

Yes. CCTB’s Career Services Centre assists students and alumni as they transition into the workforce. 

There are a number of restaurants, cafés and delis surrounding CCTB campus. 

CCTB campus is located in downtown Vancouver, close to the city’s major public transportation systems such as buses and SkyTrain stations. 

Government student loans are available to residents of Canada who demonstrate financial need.  The Federal and Provincial governments will pay the interest of the loan while the student attends school on a full-time basis. However, repayment of the loan will commence six months after studies end. 

For more information about government student loans, please contact the appropriate agency in your province of residence. 

Student AidBC 

Yes. Before arriving in Canada, you will need to apply for a Canadian study permit. In order to do this, you will need to obtain the following documentation: letter of acceptance from CCTB, proof of your identity including a recent passport size photo, proof of financial support as well as a letter of explanation as to why you are applying for study permit. CCTB provides support to students in getting the documentation you need to study and work in Canada. Contact your student advisor or agent to find out what you need to do and in what time frame to avoid a delaying in starting your program! 

Yes, you may change programs entirely once arriving in Canada if the program falls within the same intake period. Our admissions department will issue you a new enrolment contract that will correspond to the change in program. The program change must be made prior to the start of the scheduled classes for the original program.

CCTB has a pathway partnership agreement with University Canada West (UCW) for the CCTB Diploma in Business Administration CO-OP program.  

Students who graduate from the Diploma in Business Administration CO-OP program will be able to transfer 30 credits towards the completion of either the UCW’s Bachelor of Communication Undergraduate or Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication Undergraduate programs.

While we guarantee that all our co-op students will be able to find a placement in a field related to their program of study, you are required to go through the competitive interview process to secure a spot. This includes spending time developing a resume and a cover letter; preparing for the interview and applying to positions.

Yes, you can conduct an independent search for a co-op placement. However, our Career Services will need to evaluate the offer received to ensure that the duties of the position offered are relevant to the scope of your studies and/or your program and the company can guarantee a suitable work environment before approving it. 

Work experience that is not program-specific and doesn’t provide program specific learning outcomes will not be approved and will not be eligible to be assessed as a Co-op term.


Many international students studying in Canada are eligible to work up to 20 hours a week if they are enrolled in a full-time program for at least six months. 

For more information about studying and working in Canada, please visit Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship on Government of Canada’s website. 

Students that cannot attend physical classes at the start of the program may attend classes online until they are able to attend physically.  

Additionally, students that cannot attend classes in any capacity, at the start date of the program, will still have access to the recorded class lectures, learning materials, assignments, and additional course resources, which will enable a student to maintain pace with the program. The student and program instructor(s) will have a discussion on how the student will be able to complete the required assessments within each course to keep up with the program progression until the student is able to start attending classes normally. 

CCTB Technology Programs and Immigration to Canada

Below you'll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about immigrating and studying technology programs at The Canadian College of Technology and Business (CCTB).

Our tech programs are designed to maximize the co-op and academic break periods in a diploma program. By doing this, international students may have the opportunity to get the maximum full-time work experience in their field of study. This will help enable them to be eligible for the BC PNP Tech and Federal Skilled Worker programs. Please see the proposed program schedules for more information.

Co-op work experience is a mandatory part of the diploma program and therefore is a required component to graduate. Internship breaks, on the other hand, are academic breaks designed for international students to work full-time and gain as much work experience as possible to help qualify for immigration programs. Domestic students may opt to take the internship breaks as well.

The Post Graduate Work Permit Program (PGWP) is an open work permit that students receive after completing a post-secondary program. As this is an open work permit, students may find themselves unable to achieve a certain occupation that qualifies them for immigration streams to permanent residence. For relevant CCTB programs, students will have the opportunity to work full time in a tech occupation prior to graduating from the program, through either scheduled breaks or co-ops. The BC PNP Tech stream allows graduates who work in a tech-related field to gain priority access to permanent residency in BC.

Yes, CCTB tech program students are eligible to apply for permanent residence before graduating from the diploma. For some CCTB tech programs (Cybersecurity Risk Management, Full Stack Web Development) students will also receive the Certificate in IT Fundamentals, which is a post-secondary credential that allows students to apply for permanent residence with a post secondary credential in hand. For other programs (Data Engineering, Software Quality Assurance, User Experience) it is ideal if the student brings a post secondary credential with them from their home country.

Yes, CCTB is working with Helios Immigration Services and their Registered Canadian Immigration Consultants to apply for permanent residence through the BC PNP Tech stream.

The BC PNP Tech stream is a permanent feature of the BC PNP, providing continued support to the BC Tech industry through recruiting international graduates. Read more through this link:

Like other immigration streams, the final determination for qualifying for PR rests on the IRCC and BC PNP Tech. We cannot guarantee PR for any of our programs, but CCTB will work closely with immigration and employers to ensure the best outcomes for graduates.

Subbalakhmi A. Pillai (RCIC) Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant. Helios Immigration Services.

Karlo Avenido, Registration and Student Services Manager, CCTB