Focus on Geography Series, 2021 Census of Population

Canada

32.9%

In Canada overall, 32.9% of people aged 25 to 64 had a bachelor's degree or higher.

20.1%

In Canada overall, 20.1% of people had a location of study outside of Canada, out of those aged 25 to 64 with a postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree. The most common locations of study outside Canada were India, the Philippines, the United States of America, China and the United Kingdom.

50.2%

Among youth aged 18 to 24 in Canada, 50.2% were attending postsecondary school.

Highest certificate, diploma or degree

Major field of study

Distribution of the population aged 25 to 64 with a postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree by STEM and BHASE (non-STEM) fields of studyFootnote 1, Canada, 2021Footnote 2

Where are postsecondary graduates from Canada living now?

88.2%

In Canada overall, 88.2% of people aged 25 to 64 lived in the same province or territory where they obtained their highest postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree, while 11.8% lived in other provinces and territories.

Current location of residence, compared to location of study, for the population aged 25 to 64 who obtained their highest postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree in Canada, 2021

Where did people in Canada complete their highest certificate, diploma or degree?

Location of study for the population aged 25 to 64 with a postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree, Canada, 2021

70.4%

In Canada overall, 70.4% of people aged 25 to 64 had obtained their highest postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree in the same province or territory where they lived in 2021; 9.4% had obtained it in another province or territory; and 20.1% had obtained it outside Canada.

School attendance

  • Postsecondary (college or university)

    Proportion of the population aged 18 to 24 who attended postsecondary school between September 2020 and May 2021, by type of school and geography, 2021 Footnote 3

  • College

    Proportion of the population aged 18 to 24 who attended college or CEGEPCanada 3 between September 2020 and May 2021, by geography, 2021

  • University

    Proportion of the population aged 18 to 24 who attended university between September 2020 and May 2021, by geography, 2021

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