The CBSA College

The CBSA College is the Agency's primary training centre, and provides ongoing training and development to the Agency's border services officers and regional employees.  In addition to the Main Campus in Rigaud, Quebec, there are seven satellite campuses across the country in each of the CBSA's regions.

It is at the Main Campus that all recruits complete the 18-week in-residence phase of the Officer Induction Training Program.

The History of the Main Campus of the CBSA College

In August 1977, the Canadian Government purchased the facility in Rigaud, Quebec from the Clercs de St-Viateur, a religious entity.  Then, the newly acquired Customs and Excise College had the capacity to accommodate 100 students at a time. 

A major facility expansion project was conducted from 1982 to 1985 to increase the College's capacity from 100 to 285 bedrooms from 12 to 20 classrooms.

In support of the CBSA Arming initiative, a second major facility expansion was conducted from 2006 to 2012 to add a multifunctional complex, firing range and hangar in order to support a fully integrated training capacity for the Agency. These new state-of-the-art training facilities were officially inaugurated on October 15, 2012.

Today, the CBSA College's main occupants are candidates in the Officer Induction Training Program, Use of Force/Arming Program, and Detector Dog Training Program. The CBSA College also welcomes clientele from other CBSA programs and external departments and agencies for training and conferences.

Information for CBSA Border Services Officers applicants and recruits

Accommodations

During the in-residence phase, all recruits must reside on-site and are provided with a private bedroom and bathroom equipped with a bed and bed sheets, bath towels, closet and dresser, desk and desk chair, small fridge, telephone, television and safe.

Note that other than electric shavers, hair dryers and flat/curling irons, only electrical appliances provided by the CBSA College are permitted in the bedrooms.

A daily bedroom and bathroom cleaning service is provided to all residents. However, residents must keep their room tidy and clean at all times.

Meals

Meals are provided in the full-service cafeteria.

The cafeteria's hours are as follows:

Meal Monday to Friday Saturday, Sunday & Holidays
Breakfast 5:00 to 9:45 7:00 to 10:30
Morning coffee break 9:45 to 10:30 7:00 to 10:30
Cafeteria closed 10:30 to 10:45 10:30 to 10:45
Lunch 10:45 to 13:30 10:45 to 13:30
Cafeteria closed 13:30 to 13:45 13:30 to 13:45
Afternoon coffee break 13:45 to 15:30 13:45 to 15:30
Cafeteria closed 16:30 to 17:00 16:30 to 17:00
Dinner 17:00 to 20:00 17:00 to 21:00 
Grill/sandwich/snack bar 11:00 to 20:00 11:00 to 21:00

The cafeteria can accommodate a variety of diets due to health concerns or religious beliefs. Upon your arrival, please provide reception with the complete details of your food allergies and dietary needs. Afterwards, you will be required to meet with the cafeteria chef to discuss the information you have provided to ensure your needs are met.

Computer and Internet access

A training laptop is provided to each recruit for the duration of their training at the CBSA College. Note that training laptops do not have Wi-Fi capability.

Wi-Fi is available in the following areas of the College: residence rooms, the lounge (Salon Vaudreuil), the cafeteria and the basement recreational area. Residents can use the internet (Facebook, Skype, etc.) to keep in touch with their families and friends throughout their stay at the CBSA College.

The CBSA College also has several computers with internet access that are available 24 hours.

Fitness, sports and recreational services

The CBSA College provides various fitness and sports services. There is a gymnasium equipped with a weight room and cardio machines as well as a pool. Organized sports activities include volleyball, badminton, soccer, floor hockey, boot camp, spinning and aqua-fit classes, and other various seasonal activities.

A recreational room is also available in the basement and contains pool tables, a shuffle board, a movie room and video game consoles.

All fitness, sports and recreational activities are offered to residents free of charge.

Transportation

Transportation to the campus from the airport at the beginning of training, as well as from the campus to the airport at the end of training is provided to recruits.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is an orientation/guided tour of the College provided upon arrival?

Yes, a tour of the College is provided within the first two days of your arrival.

2. Are there quiet areas in the College where I can study other than my bedroom?

There are no designated quiet areas, but recruits can study in their classrooms at any time.

3. Is there a curfew?

There is no curfew, but quiet hours are enforced at all times as many academic activities are held day and night at the College.

4. Can I leave the College during evenings and weekends?

If there are no planned mandatory activities taking place, residents can leave during evenings and weekends. The procedure for doing so will be explained to you during your first week at the College.

5. Can I have visitors at the College?

Residents may not receive visitors on the College site other than during induction ceremonies. This applies day and night throughout the OITP.

6. Can I bring my pet to the College?

No, pets are not permitted at the College.

7. Is alcohol permitted in the College?

Alcoholic beverages can only be consumed in the on-site lounge (Salon Vaudreuil) by a licensed provider. The Salon Vaudreuil is open Monday to Saturday, from 19:00 to 3:00. The consumption and/or possession of alcoholic beverages in any other area of the College is prohibited.

A site manual is provided to all recruits prior to their arrival. It contains additional information about the CBSA College's rules, regulations and services, as well as information about Rigaud and the surrounding area.

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