Gender gap in university completion exceeds 10 percentage points in favour of women among those aged 25 to 34

Québec, December 11, 2014 – In 2011, in Québec, 1,018,710 persons aged 25 to 64 held a university degree, and most of them (53.5%) were women. The share of university graduates in the Québec population aged 25 to 64 was 23.3%—21.9% among men and 24.7% among women. However, among those aged 25 to 34, the proportion of university graduates reached 29.9%—24.5% among men and 35.3% among women. In this age group, the gap between men and women exceeded 10 percentage points, a similar situation to that observed in Ontario and in Canada as a whole. These results come from an analysis of the data from the 2011 National Household Survey published today in the S@voir.stat bulletin released by the Institut de la statistique du Québec.

Proportion of postsecondary graduates greater in Québec than in Ontario and Canada

Among those aged 25 to 64, the proportion of university graduates was lower in Québec (23.3%) than in Ontario (28.9%) and Canada (25.9%). However, the proportion of postsecondary graduates overall was higher in Québec (65.7%) than in Ontario (64.8%) and Canada (64.1%).

Nearly a quarter of university graduates aged 25 to 64 are immigrants

Although immigrants represented 15.0% of the population aged 25 to 64, they accounted for 23.8% of university graduates, 40.1% of doctoral graduates, and 37.9% of graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).


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