Ottawa’s Willis College tripling footprint; leaving O’Connor Street for St. Laurent Centre

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One of Ottawa’s largest career colleges is leaving its longtime downtown location and heading east to the St. Laurent Centre.

Willis College, which trains upwards of 300 students annually and has some 50 employees, has been at its current location on O’Connor Street, between Slater and Albert streets, for 60 years.

It’s now preparing to move into a facility inside the St. Laurent Centre that’s three times the size of its current location.

Willis College says this will allow it to expand and accept more students, in addition to offering free parking while remaining on a rapid transit line.

The school was first established in 1866 just up the road from its current location on O’Connor Street.