Table A.1.4
Trends in educational attainment among the 25- to 64-year-old population, by highest level of education attained, Canada, provinces and territories, 1997 to 2010

Table A.1.4
Trends in educational attainment among the 25- to 64-year-old population, by highest level of education attained, Canada, provinces and territories, 1997 to 2010
Table summary
This table displays the results of trends in educational attainment among the 25- to 64-year-old population 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2010/2000, calculated using percent and average annual growth rate units of measure (appearing as column headers).
  1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2010/2000
percent average annual growth rate
OECD averageNote 1  
Below upper secondary 37 38 37 36 35 33 32 30 30 29 29 28 27 26 -3.2
Upper secondary and postsecondary non-tertiary 43 42 42 42 42 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 0.6
Tertiary education 20 20 21 21 22 23 24 26 27 27 28 28 29 30 3.7
CanadaNote 2  
Below upper secondary 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 16 15 14 13 13 12 12 -5.0
Upper secondary and postsecondary non-tertiary 40 40 40 41 40 40 40 40 39 39 38 38 38 38 -0.7
Tertiary education 37 38 39 40 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 2.4
Newfoundland and Labrador  
Below upper secondary 33 32Note r: revised 31Note r: revised 30 29 26 24 25 24 22 21 21 21Note r: revised 19 -4.6
Upper secondary and postsecondary non-tertiary 43 43 45 44 44 46 47 47 45 46 44 43 43 45 0.2
Tertiary education 24 25 24 26 28 28 29 29Note r: revised 31 32 34 36 36Note r: revised 36 3.4
Prince Edward Island  
Below upper secondary 31 30 29Note r: revised 27 25 22 22 21 20 19 19 19 17 15 -5.7
Upper secondary and postsecondary non-tertiary 37 36 35 37 36 36 34 33 35 37 37 36 35 36 -0.2
Tertiary education 32 34 36 36 39 42 44 46 45 44 45 45 47 49 3.1
Nova Scotia  
Below upper secondary 27 25 24 23 21 21 19 19Note r: revised 18 18 16 17 16 14 -4.6
Upper secondary and postsecondary non-tertiary 41 41 40 40 40 40 39 40 40 39 39 40 38 37 -1.0
Tertiary education 32 34 36 37 39 39 41 42 42 43 45 44 46 49 2.9
New Brunswick  
Below upper secondary 28 26 26 25 24 22Note r: revised 21 20 20Note r: revised 19 19 17 16 16 -4.7
Upper secondary and postsecondary non-tertiary 40 40 38 38 38 38Note r: revised 40Note r: revised 40 40 39 37 37 38 39 0.2
Tertiary education 32 34 36 37 38 39 39 40 40 42 44 46 46 45 2.2
Quebec  
Below upper secondary 27 27 26 25 24 23 21 21 19 18 17 16 16 15 -5.1
Upper secondary and postsecondary non-tertiary 37 37 37 37 37 36 37 37 37 38Note r: revised 38 38 38 38 0.2
Tertiary education 36 36Note r: revised 38 38 40 41 41 42 44 44 45 45 46 48 2.3
Ontario  
Below upper secondary 20 20 18 17 16 15 14 13 13 13Note r: revised 11 11 11 10 -5.1
Upper secondary and postsecondary non-tertiary 37 38 38 38 37 37 36 36 36 35 34 34 33 33 -1.3
Tertiary education 42 43Note r: revised 44 45 47 48 50 50Note r: revised 51 53 55 55 56 57 2.3
Manitoba  
Below upper secondary 25 24 24 21 20 19 19 18 17 17 17 16 15 14 -4.1
Upper secondary and postsecondary non-tertiary 40 40Note r: revised 40 42 42 41 41 42 42 41 41 41 41 40 -0.3
Tertiary education 35 36 37 37 38 39 40Note r: revised 40 41Note r: revised 42 42 44 43Note r: revised 46 2.0
Saskatchewan  
Below upper secondary 24 22 22 21 19 18 17 16 15 16 14Note r: revised 14 12 12 -5.0
Upper secondary and postsecondary non-tertiary 48 49 48 50 50 50 50 51 50 48 51 51 51 51 0.2
Tertiary education 28 29 30 30 30 31 33 33Note r: revised 35 36 35 35 37 37 2.1
Alberta  
Below upper secondary 17Note r: revised 16 16 15 14 14 14 13 12 12 11 11 11 11 -3.6
Upper secondary and postsecondary non-tertiary 47Note r: revised 47 47 48 46 46 47 47 45 44 44 43 44 43 -1.0
Tertiary education 36 37 37 37 40 40 40 40 43 43 44 45 46 46 2.3
British Columbia  
Below upper secondary 16 16 15 14 13 13 12 11 11 12 11 10 9 9 -4.6
Upper secondary and postsecondary non-tertiary 49 47 47 48 47 47 46 46 45 44 44 44 44 43 -1.1
Tertiary education 35 37 37 38 39 40 42 43 44 45 45 46 47 48 2.4
Yukon  
Below upper secondary 18 16 16 17 14 12 15 13 13 16 17Note E: Use with caution 17 18 18 0.3
Upper secondary and postsecondary non-tertiary 41 40Note r: revised 41 39 42 46 42 43 46 45 41 36 34Note r: revised 34 -1.6
Tertiary education 41 44 43 43 44 41 43 43 41 39 42 47Note r: revised 48Note r: revised 49 1.1
Northwest Territories  
Below upper secondary Note ..: not available for a specific reference period Note ..: not available for a specific reference period Note ..: not available for a specific reference period Note ..: not available for a specific reference period 21 25 25 24 25Note E: Use with caution 22Note E: Use with caution 21 24 26 25 Note ...: not applicable
Upper secondary and postsecondary non-tertiary Note ..: not available for a specific reference period Note ..: not available for a specific reference period Note ..: not available for a specific reference period Note ..: not available for a specific reference period 36 36 35 35 33 31 33 32 30 32 Note ...: not applicable
Tertiary education Note ..: not available for a specific reference period Note ..: not available for a specific reference period Note ..: not available for a specific reference period Note ..: not available for a specific reference period 43 39 39 41 42 47 46 44 44 43 Note ...: not applicable
Nunavut  
Below upper secondary Note ...: not applicable Note ...: not applicable Note ..: not available for a specific reference period Note ..: not available for a specific reference period Note ..: not available for a specific reference period Note ..: not available for a specific reference period Note ..: not available for a specific reference period 49Note r: revised 52Note r: revised 43Note r: revised 37Note r: revised 42Note r: revised 44Note r: revised 45 Note ...: not applicable
Upper secondary and postsecondary non-tertiary Note ...: not applicable Note ...: not applicable Note ..: not available for a specific reference period Note ..: not available for a specific reference period Note ..: not available for a specific reference period Note ..: not available for a specific reference period Note ..: not available for a specific reference period 24 24Note r: revised 25Note r: revised 26Note r: revised 27 27 26 Note ...: not applicable
Tertiary education Note ...: not applicable Note ...: not applicable Note ..: not available for a specific reference period Note ..: not available for a specific reference period Note ..: not available for a specific reference period Note ..: not available for a specific reference period Note ..: not available for a specific reference period 26Note r: revised 24Note r: revised 32Note r: revised 38Note r: revised 32Note r: revised 29Note r: revised 29 Note ...: not applicable
.. not available for a specific reference period
... not applicable
r revised
E use with caution
1. The averages for 1997 through 2010 and the average annual growth rates are from Education at a Glance 2012: OECD Indicators, Table A1.4, Trends in educational attainment: 25-64 year-olds (1997-2010),which presents the most recent available data for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member countries for which data were available or could be estimated. Please see the OECD Web site.
2. Labour Force Survey (LFS) estimates for Canada are derived using the results of the LFS in the provinces; the territories are not included.
Note: As of January 2011, Labour Force Survey (LFS) estimates reflect population counts based on the 2006 Census, as well as updates to industry, occupation and geography classification systems. LFS data for 1996 through 2010 have been revised based on these modifications. For more information, please see Improvements to the Labour Force Survey (LFS): The 2011 Revisions of the Labour Force Survey (LFS), Statistics Canada Catalogue no.71F0031X, published January 28, 2011.
Sources: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey (LFS); Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Education at a Glance 2012: OECD Indicators.
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