Humber College takes its name from the Humber River, the watercourse with great significance to the history and development of Toronto. Flowing through Adobigok (now Etobicoke), which means Place of the Alders in the Ojibwe Algonquian dialect, the river has long been significant to the Aboriginal Peoples of this area.
Humber’s name is appropriate, as the college is an ever-flowing stream of knowledge and ideas, which nourish Ontario’s economy and the lives of our citizens.
The province introduced the Ontario College System in 1967, and Humber was formed the same year. The goal was to provide a highly skilled and knowledgeable workforce to fuel Ontario’s burgeoning economy. That goal has been met and surpassed. Humber College has grown and evolved into an innovative and collaborative educational institution, at the forefront of business, industry, and society.