Last year, we wrote a post featuring [the best places to learn to code in Toronto](A List of Toronto’s In-Person Learning Opportunities). This year, we're taking it one step further. If you want to learn to code, you don't need to move to San Francisco. You don't even need to move to Toronto. Across Canada, numerous companies and organizations focused on teaching people to code have popped up. They're not universities, and most of them don't offer any kind of accreditation at all. But this isn't a list of places where you can get a degree or diploma. It's a list of places where you'll learn to code. And, often, those are decidedly different things.
Here's a list of the very best places to learn to code in Canada:
Should you have been included in this list? Email us at info [at] hackeryou.com with information about your organization and we’ll add you to the list.
HackerYou (Toronto, ON) Full-time bootcamps and part-time courses where you'll learn web development, Ruby on Rails and more. The next part-time course begins on January 20th - learn more here. The Winter 2014 full-time bootcamp is sold out, but we're accepting applications for the Spring 2014 cohort which begins on April 14th - learn more here. Cost: $1400 for part-time courses, $6500 for full-time courses (includes HST) http://hackeryou.com | @hackeryou | fb.com/thisishackeryou
Bitmaker Labs (Toronto, ON) Nine-week full-time courses on Ruby on Rails. Their Winter 2014 cohort is sold out, and their next cohort begins on March 24th - learn more here. Cost: $9000 plus HST http://bitmakerlabs.com | @bitmakerlabs | fb.com/bitmakerlabs
Brain Station (Toronto, ON) Part-time, twelve-week courses that cover web development, Ruby on Rails and mobile. Their part-time web development course begins on January 6th and there are just a few spots left - learn more. Cost: $3500 + HST http://brainstation.it | @brainstation_ | fb.com/BrainStationEDU
Ladies Learning Code (14 cities nationally) A national not-for-profit organization that runs one-day workshops designed for beginners who are looking for a social and collaborative learning experience. Check out their upcoming events across the country here. Cost: $50 plus HST per one-day workshop (includes a catered lunch!) http://ladieslearningcode.com | @llcodedotcom | fb.com/ladieslearningcode
Girls Learning Code (Toronto and Ottawa, ON) As Ladies Learning Code's little sister organization (it's part of the same not-for-profit), Girls Learning Code runs workshops, camps and other events for 8- to 17-year-old girls. Check out their upcoming events here. Cost: $30-$50 plus HST for workshops, $375 for week-long daycamps http://girlslearningcode.com | @llcodedotcom | fb.com/ladieslearningcode
Kids Learning Code (Toronto and London, ON) Also part of the Ladies Learning Code family, Kids Learning Code runs workshops, camps and other events for kids. Originally for 8- to 17-year-olds, Kids Learning Code is introducing workshops for 6- to 8-year-olds in 2014. Check out their upcoming events here. Cost: $30-$50 plus HST for workshops, $375 for week-long daycamps http://kidslearningcode.com | @llcodedotcom | fb.com/ladieslearningcode
Maker Kids (Toronto, ON) This list wouldn't be complete without mentioning Maker Kids, everyone's favourite maker space for kids. A not-for-profit located in Roncesvalles, Maker Kids runs workshops, camps and events for kids. They now run adult workshops, too! Cost: Varies http://makerkids.ca | @Maker_Kids | fb.com/MakerKids
Camp Tech (Toronto, ON) Camp Tech offers one-day workshops on topics like WordPress, SEO, Photoshop, and email marketing. Their next class is all about Wordpress and it's taking place on January 18th - learn more here. Cost: $149 plus HST http://camptech.ca | @CampTechCo | fb.com/camptechco
Have you decided to make 2013 the year you learn how to code? How are you going to do it?