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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 British Columbia / Colombie-BritanniqueFootnote 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 3,646,840 549,715 273,145 276,575 2,451,615 558,245 284,880 273,365 588,950 698,495 605,920 366,655 278,850
No certificate, diploma or degree 607,655 183,010 159,390 23,620 247,390 41,460 21,770 19,695 47,795 77,430 80,705 82,110 95,145
High school diploma or equivalentFootnote 7 1,009,400 240,255 100,035 140,220 614,585 140,490 77,700 62,790 134,310 179,030 160,760 86,230 68,330
Postsecondary certificate, diploma or degreeFootnote 8 2,029,785 126,455 13,725 112,730 1,589,635 376,295 185,410 190,880 406,845 442,035 364,460 198,320 115,380
Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diplomaFootnote 9 387,455 25,120 5,035 20,080 277,130 53,100 26,090 27,015 60,715 86,835 76,475 51,310 33,900
Trades certificate or diploma (other than apprenticeship)Footnote 10 194,475 13,640 2,895 10,745 139,860 26,200 12,805 13,395 32,385 43,950 37,325 24,335 16,635
Registered Apprenticeship certificateFootnote 11 192,980 11,480 2,145 9,340 137,265 26,905 13,285 13,615 28,335 42,880 39,155 26,970 17,265
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma 628,120 42,570 5,605 36,965 488,900 103,350 49,520 53,835 122,540 147,545 115,465 60,215 36,425
University certificate or diploma below bachelor levelFootnote 12 208,245 19,755 2,575 17,180 155,475 37,165 18,965 18,195 40,010 43,025 35,280 20,380 12,630
University certificate, diploma or degree at bachelor level or above 805,965 39,005 510 38,495 668,125 182,675 90,845 91,835 183,580 164,630 137,240 66,410 32,420
Bachelor's degree 511,240 34,510 390 34,120 424,720 131,280 69,135 62,140 116,780 97,955 78,710 34,430 17,585
University certificate or diploma above bachelor level 80,405 2,870 115 2,745 65,725 16,155 7,825 8,335 17,670 16,500 15,400 7,845 3,965
Degree in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or optometry 23,750 200 0 200 19,090 3,835 1,580 2,255 5,180 5,515 4,565 2,645 1,815
Master's degree 159,010 1,335 0 1,335 135,225 28,095 11,565 16,530 37,805 37,295 32,030 16,105 6,345
Earned doctorateFootnote 13 31,560 85 0 85 23,360 3,310 735 2,575 6,150 7,370 6,535 5,395 2,720

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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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