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Table B.2.9
Average undergraduate and graduate university tuition fees, full-time students, Canada and provinces, 2006/2007 to 2009/2010

Standard table symbols

  2006/2007 2007/2008 2008/2009 2009/2010
current dollars
Undergraduate
Canada 4,400r 4,558 4,747r 4,917
Newfoundland and Labrador 2,633r 2,632 2,619r 2,619
Prince Edward Island 4,920r 4,440 4,530 4,710
Nova Scotia1 6,422r 6,110 5,877r 5,696
New Brunswick 5,470r 5,590 5,479r 5,479
Quebec2 1,932r 2,056 2,180r 2,272
Ontario3 5,155r 5,388 5,667r 5,951
Manitoba 3,319r 3,271 3,238r 3,377
Saskatchewan4 4,774r 5,015 5,064r 5,238
Alberta 4,763r 5,122 5,308r 5,520
British Columbia 4,740r 4,922 4,746r 4,840
Graduate
Canada 5,387r 5,592 5,737r 6,008
Newfoundland and Labrador 2,096r 3,686 2,443r 2,443
Prince Edward Island 2,693r 2,875 2,665r 2,786
Nova Scotia1 8,054r 7,357 7,734r 8,068
New Brunswick 4,970r 5,119 5,070r 5,070
Quebec2 2,059r 2,370 2,219r 2,316
Ontario3 8,490r 8,486 8,256r 8,642
Manitoba 4,626r 4,602 3,805r 3,976
Saskatchewan4 2,837r 3,533 2,762r 2,855
Alberta 5,490r 6,150 4,948r 5,150
British Columbia 5,605r 6,431 7,241r 7,668

r revised

1. Beginning in 2007/2008 in Nova Scotia, the weighted averages take into account the different fees paid by in- and out-of-province students.
2. In Quebec, the weighted averages take into account the different fees paid by in- and out-of-province students.
3. Beginning in 2007/2008 in Ontario, adjustments to the calculation of weighted averages were introduced to account for fees that vary according to the year of study.
4. Since 2006/2007 in Saskatchewan, the weighted averages have been calculated using the enrolments of 2004.

Notes: A major redesign of the Tuition and Living Accommodation Costs for Full-time Students (TLAC) questionnaire was implemented for the 2007/2008 collection cycle, when new fields of study based on the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) were introduced.
Using the most current enrolment data available, average tuition fees have been weighted by the number of students enrolled by institution and field of study. Both in- and out-of-province students are included in the weighted average calculations; foreign students are not included. Data in tuition tables do not include additional compulsory fees such as athletics, health services or student association fees.
To convert this current dollar data to constant dollar amounts for comparison over time, it is suggested that the September Consumer Price Index corresponding with the beginning of the university academic year (September to August) be used. For the index and further details on converting, see Table F.1.4. Due to differences in the index chosen and changes to the survey, converted data will not be directly comparable with that in Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program (PCEIP) 2007.
Since the distribution of enrolment across various programs varies from period to period, caution should be exercised when making historical comparisons.

Source: Statistics Canada, Tuition and Living Accommodation Costs for Full-time Students at Canadian Degree-granting Institutions Survey (TLAC). Last updated December 22, 2009.

Updated February 25, 2010.