It is the oldest private school in Canada, being founded in 1829 by then Lieutenant Governor Sir John Colborne (later Lord Seaton), and began teaching in 1830. The schools goal was to be the Eton of Canada. It moved to its current site, at Avenue Road and Lonsdale Road in Forest Hill, in 1891. (Its exact address is 200 Lonsdale Road.)
The school provides an International Baccalaureate program. It is renowned as one of Canada's top private schools. It is home to about 1000 day students and 110 boarders.
The school is one of Canada's wealthiest and has advanced computer and labratory equipment. Ther school also has four gyms, a hockey rink and a swimming pool.
It has long been the breeding ground for Toronto's elite and many notable Canadians are UCC graduates. They include Stephen Leacock, Robertson Davies and Brendan Fraser. Another noted alumnus is Conrad Black, who was expelled for selling test answers.
The equivalent school for females is the Bishop Strong School. Montreal is home to Lower Canada College