Focus on Geography Series, 2016 Census

Canada

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Figure 1.1 Percentage of the population aged 25 to 64 years who have completed a high school diploma or equivalency certificate,1 2 Canada, 2006 to 2016

Figure 1.1 description Figure 1.1 Percentage of the population aged 25 to 64 years who have completed a high school diploma or equivalency certificate,1 2 Canada, 2006 to 2016

  • In 2016, 86.3% of Canadians aged 25 to 64 had a high school diploma or equivalency certificate, compared with 81.3% in 2006.
  • In Canada overall, the percentage of people aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher increased from 23.0% in 2006 to 28.5% in 2016 while the percentage with a college, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma as their highest level of education rose from 20.4% to 22.4%. The percentage with an apprenticeship certificate as their highest went from 4.3% in 2006 to 4.7% in 2016.
  • In Canada overall, 15.5% of women aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher studied STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), compared with 36.1% of men. On the other hand, 84.5% of these women studied BHASE (non-STEM) fields of study such as business, humanities, health, arts, social sciences, education, etc., compared with 63.9% of men.

Figure 1.2 Percentage of the population aged 25 to 64 years with selected highest levels of educational attainment,3 4 Canada, 2006 to 2016

Figure 1.2 description Figure 1.2 Percentage of the population aged 25 to 64 years with selected highest levels of educational attainment,3 4 Canada, 2006 to 2016

Figure 1.3 Percentage of the population aged 25 to 64 years with selected highest levels of educational attainment3 4 by immigrant status and period of immigration,10 Canada, 2016

Figure 1.3 description Figure 1.3 Percentage of the population aged 25 to 64 years with selected highest levels of educational attainment3 4 by immigrant status and period of immigration,10 Canada, 2016

Most common fields of studyFootnote 11 Footnote 12 for the population aged 25 to 64 years by selected highest levels of educational attainment,Footnote 3 Footnote 4 Canada, 2016

Levels of education and fields of study Canada
Number Percentage
Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma9
Construction trades 406,595 19.9
Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians 351,580 17.2
Personal and culinary services 295,075 14.4
Precision production 219,505 10.7
Business, management, marketing and related support services 187,690 9.2
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma
Business, management, marketing and related support services 1,082,155 25.5
Health professions and related programs 774,410 18.3
Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields 379,505 8.9
Computer and information sciences and support services 218,700 5.2
Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians 189,220 4.5
Bachelor’s degree or higher5
Business, management, marketing and related support services 1,046,165 19.4
Education 597,310 11.1
Engineering 554,635 10.3
Health professions and related programs 542,885 10.1
Social sciences 438,985 8.1

Figure 1.4 Percentage of the population aged 25 to 64 years with a bachelor’s degree or higher,5 by STEM and BHASE (non-STEM)13 fields of study,11 14 Canada, 2016

Figure 1.4 description Figure 1.4 Percentage of the population aged 25 to 64 years with a bachelor’s degree or higher,5 by STEM and BHASE (non-STEM)13 fields of study,11 14 Canada, 2016

Figure 1.5 description Figure 1.5 Percentage of the population aged 25 to 64 years with selected highest levels of educational attainment3 4 by location of study compared with province or territory of residence 11 15, Canada, 2016

Percentage of the population aged 25 to 64 years with selected highest levels of educational attainmentFootnote 3 Footnote 4 by location of study compared with province or territory of residence,Footnote 11 Footnote 15 Canada, 2016

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Source:

Statistics Canada. 2017. Focus on Geography Series, 2016 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-404-X2016001. Ottawa, Ontario. Data products, 2016 Census.

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