In the year 1960s, the province of Ontario was famous for only technology and vocational institutes. In response to the need for technical education, St. Lawrence College was founded in the year 1967 to provide applied arts and technology to train individuals for employment in their respective communities. The institute offers 89 academic programs with an annual intake of 6,700 full-time 20,000 part-time students. The programs offered are Applied Science and Computing Baccalaureate Nursing, Business, Community Services, Justice Studies and Applied Arts, Health Sciences, Skilled Trades and Tourism. For the students to get extra-material on these subjects, the institute has a St. Lawrence College's Campus Bookstores, which gives the students with access to a variety of affordable course materials, including new, used, digital and rental.
Additionally, the institute has Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), which is a mix of grants and loans for students to supplement the financial resources. To overcome the distress among national and International students, St. Lawrence College has established their own Counselling center which concentrates on key areas like anxiety, stress management, relationship problems, transition to college life and many more. The Government of Canada sponsors an Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool that lists over 680 scholarships, bursaries, and other incentives offered by governments, universities, and industry to support Aboriginal post-secondary participation.