Universities Canada: your resource

Universities Canada is the voice of Canadian universities, at home and abroad.

We are a membership organization providing university presidents with a unified voice for higher education, research and innovation. Universities Canada advances the mission of our member institutions to transform lives, strengthen communities and find solutions to the most pressing challenges facing our world.

We are your go-to resource on higher education, research and innovation.

We can:

  • Connect you with university leaders.
  • Find you experts on issues that matter to your constituents.
  • Arrange visits to university campuses.
  • Brief you on university collaborations with businesses and organizations that strengthen your community.
  • Help you explore how federal support for universities fuels Canadian innovation and prosperity.

Learn more about universities’ pre-budget priorities

University facts

  • $38B
    enterprise

    As a $35 billion enterprise in direct expenditures, universities are significant drivers of economic prosperity. They provide employment for close to 310,000 people.

    Source: Statistics Canada, Financial Information of Universities and Colleges Survey 2017, and Labour Force Survey 2018.
  • 1.4M
    students at Canadian universities in 2019

    There were about 1,090,000 full-time and 266,000 part-time students in 2019.

    Source: Universities Canada estimates based on 2016 Postsecondary Student Information System data.
  • 1.8M
    new jobs

    Between March 2009 and March 2019, 1,794,500 new jobs were created for university graduates, twice as much as those created for graduates of all other types of postsecondary education combined.

    Source: Universities Canada approximation based on Labour force survey data.

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For more information

Sandra Boisvert
Manager, government relations
Tel: 613 563-1236, ext. 220
SBoisvert@univcan.ca

Universities Canada