2011 National Household Survey: Data tables

Tabulation: Highest Certificate, Diploma or Degree (15), Age Groups (13B), Major Field of Study - Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) 2011 (14), Location of Study (29), Attendance at School (3) and Sex (3) for the Population Aged 15 Years and Over, in Private Households of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, 2011 National Household Survey

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This table details highest certificate, diploma or degree , age groups , major field of study - classification of instructional programs 2011 , location of study , attendance at school and sex for the population aged 15 years and over, in private households in CanadaFootnote 4
Global non-response rate (GNR)Footnote 5 = 26.1 %
Highest certificate, diploma or degree (15) Age groups (13B)
Total - Age groups 15 to 24 years 15 to 19 years 20 to 24 years 25 to 64 years 25 to 34 years 25 to 29 years 30 to 34 years 35 to 44 years 45 to 54 years 55 to 64 years 65 to 74 years 75 years and over
Total - Highest certificate, diploma or degreeFootnote 6 27,259,525 4,324,070 2,160,275 2,163,795 18,383,920 4,293,950 2,149,300 2,144,650 4,461,435 5,289,560 4,338,980 2,624,535 1,927,000
No certificate, diploma or degree 5,485,395 1,528,780 1,281,150 247,625 2,330,580 398,520 209,970 188,545 436,620 733,425 762,015 782,670 843,370
High school diploma or equivalentFootnote 7 6,968,935 1,668,860 756,635 912,225 4,270,660 922,025 486,820 435,205 910,275 1,303,585 1,134,780 601,320 428,100
Postsecondary certificate, diploma or degreeFootnote 8 14,805,190 1,126,425 122,490 1,003,940 11,782,685 2,973,405 1,452,515 1,520,895 3,114,540 3,252,550 2,442,190 1,240,545 655,535
Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diplomaFootnote 9 2,950,685 206,300 37,505 168,795 2,218,800 459,455 220,595 238,860 507,595 695,380 556,375 330,115 195,460
Trades certificate or diploma (other than apprenticeship)Footnote 10 1,724,390 127,795 23,725 104,070 1,314,095 273,765 128,895 144,870 310,570 413,425 316,335 178,040 104,460
Registered Apprenticeship certificateFootnote 11 1,226,295 78,505 13,785 64,720 904,710 185,690 91,700 93,990 197,030 281,955 240,035 152,075 91,005
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma 4,970,025 482,495 69,550 412,950 3,913,710 950,720 458,595 492,125 1,021,875 1,146,735 794,380 370,660 203,150
University certificate or diploma below bachelor levelFootnote 12 1,200,130 99,800 12,070 87,735 894,750 193,390 93,655 99,735 229,885 256,760 214,710 131,955 73,620
University certificate, diploma or degree at bachelor level or above 5,684,360 337,825 3,355 334,470 4,755,420 1,369,840 679,665 690,175 1,355,180 1,153,670 876,725 407,805 183,305
Bachelor's degree 3,634,425 287,000 2,740 284,265 3,032,225 940,035 487,890 452,145 863,040 709,120 520,025 217,255 97,945
University certificate or diploma above bachelor level 602,910 31,385 625 30,765 495,810 132,845 65,010 67,835 140,720 122,115 100,135 51,755 23,960
Degree in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or optometry 154,705 2,990 0 2,990 127,365 31,900 15,540 16,365 35,430 33,920 26,120 13,545 10,805
Master's degree 1,083,840 15,650 0 15,655 938,215 238,870 104,635 134,230 269,840 239,435 190,070 94,285 35,685
Earned doctorateFootnote 13 208,480 800 0 800 161,805 26,190 6,590 19,600 46,155 49,080 40,375 30,970 14,905

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Footnote(s)

Footnote 1

'Major field of study' is defined as the main discipline or subject of learning. It is collected for the highest certificate, diploma or degree above the high school or secondary school level and classified according to the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Canada 2011. This variable shows the 'primary groupings,' a CIP variant.

For more information on the CIP classification, see the Classification of Instructional Programs, Canada 2011, Catalogue no. 12-590-X available from: www.statcan.gc.ca/concepts/classification-eng.htm.

We recommend that users not make comparisons between categories of the CIP Canada 2011 and the CIP Canada 2000 classification systems on the basis of their labels. Even though many entries in the two classifications are similar, direct comparison could be inappropriate, given the numerous changes made at the detailed level to update the classification.

For comments on collection, dissemination or data quality for this variable, refer to the Education Reference Guide, National Household Survey, Catalogue no. 99-012-X2011006.

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Footnote 2

'Location of study' refers to the province, territory or country of the institution from which the highest certificate, diploma or degree above the high school level was completed.

Users should be aware that some respondents may have reported the physical location of study rather than the location of the certificate, diploma or degree-granting institution. This could affect the responses of those who obtained a certificate, diploma or degree through a joint program or by distance learning with credentials granted in another province or country. In particular, a number of persons reported a location of study for a university credential in one of the territories (Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut), even though there were no educational institutions in the territories with the authority to grant university degrees.

For any other comments on collection, dissemination or data quality for this variable refer to the Education Reference Guide, National Household Survey, Catalogue no. 99-012-X2011006.

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Footnote 3

Refers to attendance at a school, college, CEGEP or university at any time during the nine-month period between September 2010 and May 10, 2011. Attendance at school is reported only for course work that could be used as credit towards a certificate, diploma or degree.

Note: Data quality - Attendance at school

It is believed that a small proportion of respondents interpreted the National Household Survey (NHS) question as 'Has this person ever attended a school, college, CEGEP or university?,' rather than the actual question 'At any time since September 2010, has this person attended a school, college, CEGEP or university?' As a result, the 2011 NHS could have overestimated categories with small proportions of school attendance, such as older age groups. We recommend that the data on school attendance be used with caution.

For any other comments on collection, dissemination or data quality for this variable, refer to the Education Reference Guide, National Household Survey, Catalogue no. 99-012-X2011006.

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Footnote 4

Excludes National Household Survey data for one or more incompletely enumerated Indian reserves or Indian settlements.

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Footnote 5

For the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS) estimates, the global non-response rate (GNR) is used as an indicator of data quality. This indicator combines complete non-response (household) and partial non-response (question) into a single rate. The value of the GNR is presented to users. A smaller GNR indicates a lower risk of non-response bias and as a result, lower risk of inaccuracy. The threshold used for estimates' suppression is a GNR of 50% or more. For more information, please refer to the National Household Survey User Guide, 2011.

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Footnote 6

'Highest certificate, diploma or degree' refers to the highest certificate, diploma or degree completed based on a hierarchy which is generally related to the amount of time spent 'in-class.' For postsecondary completers, a university education is considered to be a higher level of schooling than a college education, while a college education is considered to be a higher level of education than in the trades. Although some trades requirements may take as long or longer to complete than a given college or university program, the majority of time is spent in on-the-job paid training and less time is spent in the classroom.


For further definitions, refer to the National Household Survey Dictionary, Catalogue no. 99-000-X. For any comments on collection, dissemination or data quality for this variable, refer to the Education Reference Guide, National Household Survey, Catalogue no. 99-012-X2011006.

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Footnote 7

'High school diploma or equivalent' refers to graduation from a secondary school or equivalent. It excludes persons with a postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree.

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Footnote 8

'Postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree' includes 'apprenticeship or trades certificates or diplomas', 'college, CEGEP or other non-university certificates or diplomas' and university certificates, diplomas and degrees.

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Footnote 9

'Trades certificate or diploma (other than apprenticeship)' includes trades certificates or diplomas such as pre-employment or vocational certificates and diplomas from brief trade programs completed at community colleges, institutes of technology, vocational centres, and similar institutions.

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'Registered Apprenticeship certificate' includes Certificate of Qualification, Journeyperson's designation.

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Footnote 10

'Trades certificate or diploma (other than apprenticeship)' includes trades certificates or diplomas such as pre-employment or vocational certificates and diplomas from brief trade programs completed at community colleges, institutes of technology, vocational centres, and similar institutions.

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Footnote 11

'Registered Apprenticeship certificate' includes Certificate of Qualification, Journeyperson's designation.

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Footnote 12

Comparisons with other data sources suggest that the category 'University certificate or diploma below bachelor level' was over-reported in the National Household Survey (NHS). This category likely includes some responses that are actually college certificates or diplomas, bachelor's degrees or other types of education (e.g., university transfer programs, bachelor's programs completed in other countries, incomplete bachelor's programs, non-university professional designations). We recommend users interpret the results for the 'University certificate or diploma below the bachelor's level' category with caution.

For any other comments on data quality for this variable, refer to the Education Reference Guide, National Household Survey, Catalogue no. 99-012-X2011006.

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Footnote 13

'Earned doctorate.' This category refers to persons who have completed a doctorate degree awarded by a university. This includes, for example, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.). It does not include honorary doctorates.

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Source: Statistics Canada, 2011 National Household Survey, Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 99-012-X2011040.

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