Important Information

International Students, Please Read

On March 28th, 2024 the government of Ontario announced its decision regarding PAL allocation that affect our ability to receive international students. The Provincial government allocated 96% of all PAL to go to students enrolled in public colleges and universities, with “0” allocations going to ‘careers colleges’ such as our institution.

Up until that day, we were not given any information or update in regard to the new legislation the federal government has implemented At this time, we are not accepting any international student applications for the Sous Chef Diploma program as our students will not be able to apply for a study permit without a Provincial Attestation Letter.

Our Provincial Attestation Letter allowance will be reassessed on January 21, 2025. It is your decision if you would like to wait until then to receive updated admissions documents so that you are able to apply for a study permit with a Provincial Attestation Letter. Otherwise, if you decide that you would still like to study in Canada, then you would have to apply with a public university or college that has received an allowance for PAL’s. However, you would need to start an entirely new application with the institution.

There may also be a chance that when the provincial government does a reassessment, we still will not be eligible. There are a lot of unknowns at the moment, and although we wish that we had all the answers, we do not at this time.

However, if we do receive authorization to provide our students with the Provincial Attestation Letter, we will be prioritizing those who have already applied.

To read more information, please review this website: 

Your Culinary Journey in Canada

If you’re ready to start your new culinary adventure in Canada, we’re here to make applying as simple as possible.  We offer 2 culinary diploma programs for international applicants.  Each of our programs have enrollment in January, March & September, so while the application process for international students can take between 3-6 months to process, there’s always a start date for your program just around the corner.   We’ve laid out a series of 6 simple steps to help you get started on your new adventure to study the culinary arts abroad.


Choose Your Program

We offer two programs for international students, living outside of Canada; a Sous Chef Diploma Program, and a Professional Chef Diploma Program. Both programs provides you with an incredible foundation to start your career in the culinary arts. Explore our programs here.


Make Sure You Qualify

Learn more about our program requirements for international students. We'll guide you through the documents required, the minimum education you must have in order to apply and the level of English proficiency necessary to enroll in one of our programs.


Apply Online

If you've made sure you meet our minimum requirements and you're ready to start the application process, you'll need to provide us with your supporting documents and a $500 deposit during the online application process. To get started, click here.


Apply for a Visa

If you're accepted into one of our programs, you'll need to have a valid study permit (visa) and Co-Op Work Permit to attend. To apply you'll need to submit your letter of acceptance from us, along with a completed visa application to your nearest Canadian Embassy.


Complete Your Enrollment

After you've been accepted into Chef School and have your Visa and Work Permit in place, you'll need to finish enrolling, by signing and returning your enrollment contract and making your tuition payment to the admissions officer.


Settle into Life in Canada

The final step in beginning your new culinary adventure in Canada is settling into your new life here. We offer a variety of resources to help you navigate getting here and getting set up your new life in Canada. Click here to explore our international students guide.

“The Culinary Arts School of Ontario has been such a great learning experience for me. I remember how sharp my knives were on the first day and how proud I felt walking into school every morning with my kit over my shoulder. I have been taught by really great chefs over the nine months. They all have their own uniqueness and I respect and look up to each and every one of them. The classes are a maximum of 10 people therefore you get to see demonstrations front row!”

Susy DeDemenico

Professional Chef Diploma

“I chose the Culinary Arts School of Ontario because of the diversity of the ages in the classes, the hands-on approach and the one-on-one instruction available from the teachers.  I would always recommend this school to individuals applying for culinary training! I feel that their modular learning structure makes learning with the Culinary Arts School of Ontario fun and easy! I feel that the small class sizes are great and allow students time for one-on-one learning.”

David Craig

Culinary Arts Diploma