Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Report, 2022
Goal 4, Quality Education

Release date: September 28, 2022
Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 4, Quality Education
Description: Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 4, Quality Education

Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all

Tertiary educationNote 1 attainment

In 2021, Canada’s average tertiary education attainment rateNote 2 was 62%.

Table 1
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 1 . The information is grouped by Characteristic (appearing as row headers), Attainment rate (appearing as column headers).
Characteristic Attainment rate
Females aged 25 to 34 75%
Males aged 25 to 34 58%

More than 4 out of 10 Indigenous persons aged 25 to 64 living off reserve attained tertiary education.

Equitable access to quality education

In 2022/2023, the average annual tuition fees for undergraduate programs in Canada are $6,834. Average tuition fees are almost three times higher in Nova Scotia than in Quebec.

Table 2
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 2. The information is grouped by Geography (appearing as row headers), Average tuition fees (appearing as column headers).
Geography Average tuition fees
Nova Scotia $9,328
Saskatchewan $8,854
New Brunswick $8,284
Ontario $7,920
Alberta $7,221
Prince Edward Island $7,082
British Columbia $6,256
Manitoba $5,251
Yukon $4,200
Newfoundland and Labrador $3,400
Quebec $3,359
Northwest Territories Note ...: not applicable
Nunavut Note ...: not applicable

Equitable access to non-parental child care in 2022

Among parents who had difficulties finding child careNote 3³, over half had difficulties finding an arrangement in their community.

Top 3 impacts on parents and families who have difficulties finding child care

  1. Having to change their work schedule
  2. Working fewer hours
  3. Paying more than desired

Community spotlight: Digital Moment

Digital Moment provides digital education to youth, with a focus on girls and under-served communities.

Digital Moment has reached 630,000 youth since September 2017 and expects to reach 1 million by 2030.

Sources: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, 2021, Tuition and Living Accommodation Costs, 2022/2023, Survey on Early Learning and Child Care Arrangements, 2022; Digital Moment.

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