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CIC’s Total Care Living ® helps our students to focus on their studies by removing the pressures for meal preparations that students would face when they study away from home. Living on campus is a great way for students to immerse themselves in student life. The meal service and dining facilities gives them the time and space to socialize and build lifelong friendships.

Columbia International College is proudly partnered with world renowned Chartwells to provide students with delicious and nutritious meals needed to maintain a balanced diet.



  • Together Chartwells and CIC are working in collaboration to provide the safest and most efficient food service offerings. The safety of the CIC Community is at the forefront of all the decisions made within our cafeterias. For any inquiries related to food service or dietary restrictions please contact our management team.
  • You can also find contact details of your residence Food Service Supervisor/Manager in the cafeteria.
  • Follow us on Instagram @diningatcic so you’ll never miss an update from us!

Chartwells Meal Schedule


Breakfast: 7:15am – 8:30am

Lunch: 11:30pm – 1:30pm

Dinner: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Late night snacks: 8:3opm – 9:15pm


SATURDAY – SUNDAY and Non-School Days

Brunch: 11:00am – 12:45pm

Late afternoon snacks: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Dinner: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Late night snacks: 8:3opm – 9:15pm

Convenient ID Card to access your meals

With one swipe of your Student ID Card, students are able to enter the dining areas and enjoy the meals. There is no need to carry cash and it is a great convenience for all students! All Students must have their ID cards with them to access Food Services

Large Varieties of meals for everyone

Our Executive Chef creates a variety of food to meet the different needs of our students. With over 80 different types of meals : soup, main entrees and desserts – there is always a variety of food options to ensure that students always have a desired choice. Accommodations of special dietary needs are made available to students.


  • Beef, Pork, Chicken, and Seafood
  • Whole grains such as rice, oats and whole wheat
  • Salad bar with an array of fresh vegetables, toppings and dressings
  • Daily seasonal fresh fruits
  • Eggs and low-fat dairy including milk, yogurt and cheese
  • Use of trans-fat free oils to prepare meals
  • Sweeteners, honey, brown sugar made available at meal times
  • The use of spices and seasoning from different regions are used to create a variety of culturally specific dishes

Food Allergies

Chartwells and CIC staff will work with parents, students, doctors and school nurses to help manage students’ food allergies. We work to mitigate risk by:

  • Working closely with the Executive Chef and his team to provide dietary substitutions
  • Providing alternatives to ensure students are fed safely
  • Labelling the ingredients at the time of serving so as to alert the students of possible allergens
  • Menu and their ingredients are available online on

Special Dietary Needs

At CIC the dietary options include:

  • Gluten-Free
  • Lactose intolerant
  • Medical e.g. Diabetic
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Halal

Special Dietary Form to complete before you depart

If you are fasting during the month of Ramadan and would like our Ramadan Special Service made available to you, please connect with your Residence Front Desk.

For Additional Support Please Contact:


As Canada’s largest boarding school, Columbia International College serves thousands of meals to the school community daily. We invite you to explore how we commit to food safety and quality, keep the students well-nourished, and empower them to flourish!


CIC’s Total Care Education places the safety and health of students at the forefront, and top-notch dining services are a vital component. In partnership with Chartwells, a globally renowned catering group, we ensure our students enjoy fresh, delicious, nutritious, and balanced meals, offering them the best support for healthy growth.

Chartwells, Canada’s largest campus catering group, serves over 1.2 million students across 60+ colleges and universities, as well as 500+elementary and secondary schools.

  • CIC boast four cafeterias on campus and in residences, each offering a modern and comfortable dining environment. To cater to our students’ needs, the residence cafeteria operates 365 days a year.
  • The cafeterias provide 26 meals per week, including weekend brunches and night snacks that merge seamlessly into the schedule.
  • Meals are prepared using the healthiest cooking styles such as stir frying in high heat, baking, roasting and steaming. All food is prepared on-site, ensuring it’s free from trans fats and MSG.
  • We offer a variety of mixed dishes and delicacies from around the world.
  • We provide a variety of special food activities, including nutritious cooking classes, a pop-up sushi bar, outdoor BBQ events, and food trucks, among others.
  • In addition, we cater to students with special dietary requirements, whether due to physical discomfort or specific needs like vegetarian, religious, or lactose intolerance. Your satisfaction and well-being are our priorities.

At CIC, we have a strict commitment to selecting healthy ingredients and preparing them on-site to ensure optimal nutrition and hygiene. Our menu includes:

  • A wide variety of vegetables, salads, and sauces.
  • Seasonal fresh fruits like apples, citrus, bananas, as well as fruit salads with options like peaches, strawberries, oranges, pears, and more.
  • Cooking oils with no trans fat.
  • Whole grain foods, including options like brown rice, barley, oats, and other whole grains.
  • Locally sourced eggs and low-fat dairy products, such as milk, yogurt, and cheese.
  • Natural sweeteners like sucrose, honey, maple syrup, and more.

For more information on Chartwells catering services and offerings, visit


Breakfast set offers a delightful array of options to start your day right: bread, waffles, eggs, hash browns, sausage, bacon, porridge, yogurt, desserts, milk, coffee, tea and juice.

Chicken burritos, brown rice, assorted Mexican salsas

Grilled chicken legs, mashed potatoes, cabbage, rice

Pizza, onion rings and salad

Fish N Chips

Salmon, kale, brown rice

Italian Risotto and sweet corn

Stir-fried beef with chili, green beans, brown rice

Hamburger, yogurt, salad

Baked fish with lemon cream sauce

A variety of all-you-can-eat, freshly made soups, such as creamy mushroom, creamy roasted pumpkin, hearty beef barley, flavorful beef pho and Italian meatball soups.

All-you-can-drink juices, teas, milk, sodas and freshly brewed gourmet coffee – Cappuccino, Mocha, Americano, French Vanilla, Chocolate, Decaffeinated …

A wide variety of fresh salads, fruits, seasonings, and sauces


Chartwells believes that food is not just nourishment for the body but also for the mind and soul of students, promoting their physical and mental well-being while connecting them with the diverse global community. At CIC, our students come from over 70 countries and regions worldwide, representing a rich tapestry of culinary preferences. Our dining offerings seamlessly blend global food styles, offering a delightful fusion of flavors from around the world.

Celebrate the Spring Festival with a mouthwatering spread of traditional delicacies: Pineapple sweet and sour pork, sweet and spicy chicken balls, Yangzhou fried rice, fried cabbage, spring rolls, tea eggs…

Savoring the flavors of Africa with our special meal: spicy tamarind BBQ chicken thighs, Beef Jollof rice, spicy Berbere lentil chili…

Take your taste buds to the Caribbean with our delightful specialties: coconut milk curry chicken, chili stew with rice, curry puffs, fried bananas, corn, sweet potatoes…

Experience the vibrant flavor of Vietnamese cuisine: beef pho, spring rolls, grilled pork, fried eggs…


Chartwells regularly holds voting activities on social media, allowing students to select their favorite dishes to diversify the dining options.

Student-voted menu: Pulled Pork Burger

Student-voted menu: BBQ ribs with Chipotle sauce

Student-voted menu: French fries with grilled pork, guacamole, Chedder cheese, sour cream…


CIC students also enjoy special culinary delights at orientations, graduation ceremonies, proms and festivals. Whether it’s tossing your cap or dancing the night away, the unique food experience makes every moment unforgettable!

Check out these happy faces when food trucks roll onto campus, serving up mouthwatering poutine and ice cream. What makes it even better? All students can enjoy these treats for free, and the flavors are truly out of this world!

Steaks, hot dogs, ribs, hamburgers, French fries, corn on the cob —welcome to the North American outdoor picnic! Grab your plate and join the feast!

Friends gather on the grass, sitting on the ground, and relishing a carefree good time.

As per special request, both parents and students may customize a special birthday party (extra costs apply). Our cafeteria will prepare delicious pizza or cake for you to share with friends and those moments unforgettable!


Pop-up food booth serve up delectable treats that’ll satisfy everyone’s taste buds, including sushi freshly made on-site.

Valentine’s Day cookies

bubble tea and chocolate cookies

Even marshmallows that are not only sweet but also pleasing to the eye!


CIC’s dedicated Culinary Classroom boasts state-of-the-art kitchen facilities. It serves as the hands-on training base for nutrition classes and various other activities, including cooking and baking clubs. Every day, a diverse group of students gathers here to hone their culinary knowledge and cooking skills.

Chartwells Chefs and nutrition teachers are here to guide students in the art of cooking simple dishes. These skills are not just for life on your own; they’re also for those moments when you want to wow your friends with your culinary talents.

The Culinary Classroom has become a gateway to exploring diverse food cultures from around the world. 🌎🍴 In a unique blend of traditions, even Western students are learning to craft dumplings to celebrate the Spring Festival.

The happiness on these students’ faces as they crafted their own cakes was truly priceless!

CIC also has an open kitchen right in the residence. Students can explore cooking and unleash their inner chefs through DIY culinary adventures.

Residence cooking demo – not just about cooking; it’s a fantastic opportunity to come together with friends and create lasting memories!

Christmas at CIC is all about togetherness and gingerbread fun! Students gather to make adorable gingerbread men and spread the holiday cheer.

Strawberry chocolate making drew quite the crowd, with many boys enthusiastically joining in on the sweet fun!

Cooking skills come in handy – during a Duke of Edinburgh Award camping adventure, our students showcased their culinary skills by preparing mouthwatering spaghetti with meatballs and tomatoes over a wood fire.

Last Updated: March 27, 2024