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University facts

  • $35B

    As a $35 billion enterprise in direct expenditures, universities are significant drivers of economic prosperity. They provide employment for close to 250,000 people.

    Source: Statistics Canada, Financial Information of Universities and Colleges Survey and Labour Force Survey, 2014.
  • 1.4M
    students at Canadian universities in 2018

    There were about 1,075,000 full-time and 290,000 part-time students in 2018.

    Source: Universities Canada estimates, 2018.
  • 1.6M
    new jobs

    Between March 2008 and March 2017, 1,574,200 new jobs were created for university graduates – almost three times those created for graduates of all other types of postsecondary education combined.

    Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, 2008-2017.

Presidents' perspective

Equity, diversity and inclusion: the challenge to lead


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Annette Trimbee, president, University of Winnipeg:

Universities should be leading on a lot of these issues because we have this incredible passion and energy and expertise in our students and our faculty and our staff, and that’s really what we bring to the table. So we’re challenged every day, and I think our students, our faculty, and staff can definitely show us the way, and we just have to let them. It really is, to use a phrase from Rick Hansen, a time to “measure up”. Universities need to set stretch targets, we need to develop action plans, we need to measure progress, and we need to be held to account.

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