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University facts

  • $40B

    As a $40 billion enterprise in direct expenditures, universities are significant drivers of economic prosperity. They provide employment for close to 410,000 people.

    Source: Statistics Canada, Financial Information of Universities and Colleges Survey 2019/2020, and Universities Canada survey on employment 2021.
  • 1.44M
    students at Canadian universities

    Universities welcome approximately 1.44 million full-time and part-time students back to school annually.

    Source: Fall enrolment survey, Universities Canada, 2023.
  • 2.1M
    new jobs

    Between March 2012 and March 2022, 2,169,700 new jobs were created for university graduates, three times as many as those created for graduates of all other types of postsecondary education combined.

    Source: Universities Canada approximation based on Labour Force Survey data, 2022.


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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