In 2012, students in Québec obtained their bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees later than students in Ontario and in Canada as a whole

Québec, September 30, 2015 – In 2012, the share of individuals under 25 among all bachelor graduates was 55.3% in Québec, compared to 71.5% in Ontario and 66.5% in Canada as a whole. Similarly, the share of individuals under 31 among all master’s graduates (58.9% versus 69.2% in Ontario and 60.7% in Canada) and of individuals under 35 among all doctorate graduates (59.2% versus 62.9% in Ontario and 61.0% in Canada) was also lower than in the two other regions. This information comes from an analysis published today in the Savoir@stat bulletin released by the Institut de la statistique du Québec based on data from Statistics Canada’s Postsecondary Student Information System (PSIS).

Men are graduating at a later age than women

In 2012, in all three regions, men obtained their bachelor’s or master’s degree at a later age than women. In Québec, they also obtained their doctorate degree slightly later than women. The gender gap is especially marked in Québec where, among bachelor graduates, 50.1% of men and 58.8% of women obtained their degree before the age of 25 and where, among master’s graduates, 69.3% of men and 75.2% of women obtained their degree before the age of 35.

Growth in the number of bachelor graduates slowing in Québec

Data for the years 1999 to 2012 show that growth in the number of bachelor graduates has slowed since 2008 in Québec, while it has continued at a strong pace in Ontario and in Canada as a whole. At the graduate level, except for a decline in the number of doctorate graduates from 2011 to 2012 in Québec, the current trend shows an increase in the number of graduates in all three regions.

The Québec share of Canadian graduates on the decline

The analysis also reveals that in 2012, Québec graduates accounted for 19.9% of all students who obtained a university degree in Canada, but represented 26.4% of master’s graduates and 27.7% of doctorate graduates. However, the Québec share of Canadian graduates declined from 1999 to 2012, especially at the undergraduate level.


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