About Us

HT Hospitality Training reinvented the approach to training and securing employment in Ottawa’s tourism workforce. What once started out as a line cook training program operating out of a home office has expanded to a SMART+ nationally accredited, multi-course offerings out of its modern downtown Ottawa training facilities and virtual settings.

HT’s fast-track training programs prepare people to become employment-ready in a matter of just weeks. Its diverse portfolio of students consists of newcomers seeking Canadian work experience, those looking for a career change, and those entering the workforce for the first time.

Since HT’s founding in 2001 by Norm McEvoy and Louise Smith, over 3,000 graduates have completed HT training programs. With an employment rate of over 90% upon graduation, this translates to thousands of people becoming financially independent.

HT’s funding model provides access to tuition-free education for Ontario residents with paid placements, allowing its graduates to immediately contribute to the workforce without carrying the financial burden of student loans. An actual win-win-win scenario for students, employers, and the community.

HT continues to evolve its course offerings to keep up with current and future labour demands. Students can now access HT courses through flexible online and in-person delivery methods in English and French.

HT applies a holistic approach that goes far beyond teaching just the technical and soft skills required for the job. Instead, it also incorporates other essential elements to help students succeed in the classroom, at work, and in their personal lives. This includes connecting students to resources that can assist with mental health wellness and other social services that may be needed. Students also have access to a safe space on campus to interact in person and attend their virtual training program.

HT remains committed to being the trusted resource communities count on.