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Table 5
Highest level of educational attainment for the population aged 25 to 64, by sex, Canada, 2001 and 2006

  2001 2006
No certificate, diploma or degree1 24.6 15.4
Men 25.3 16.4
Women 23.9 14.5
High school certificate or equivalent1 22.0 23.9
Men 20.6 22.8
Women 23.4 25.0
Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma 12.9 12.4
Men 16.5 16.0
Women 9.3 9.0
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma 17.9 20.3
Men 15.0 17.9
Women 20.7 22.6
University certificate or diploma below the bachelor level2 2.9 5.0
Men 2.4 4.3
Women 3.4 5.6
University certificate, diploma or degree at bachelor's level or above 19.7 22.9
Men 20.2 22.6
Women 19.2 23.3
1. When observing 2001-2006 trends for "No degree, certificate or diploma" and "High school graduation certificate or equivalent", readers should be aware that the census questionnaire was redesigned for 2006 to address suspected underreporting of high school completion.
2. Users should be aware that in 2006 there was unexpected growth in the 'University certificate or diploma below the bachelor level' category compared to the 2001 Census. It is recommended that no comparison be made between 2001 and 2006 data for this category.
Source: Statistics Canada, Census of population, 2001 and 2006.