National Graduates Survey - Public Use Microdata File

Release date: September 6, 2023

This survey was designed to collect details on topics such as:

  1. the extent to which graduates of postsecondary programs have been successful in obtaining employment since graduation;
  2. the relationship between the graduates' program of study and the employment subsequently obtained;
  3. the type of employment obtained and qualification requirements;
  4. sources of funding for postsecondary education; and
  5. government-sponsored student loans and other sources of student debt.

The survey results are directed towards policy makers, researchers, educators, employers and persons interested in public postsecondary education and graduates' transition from school to work.

For more information about this survey (questionnaires, definitions, data sources and methods used): National Graduates Survey

Reference period for 2015 postsecondary graduates – cycle collected in 2018

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About PUMFs

Downloading a Public Use Microdata File (PUMF) allows you to conduct your own analysis. The microdata file is in CSV or TXT format.

The zip file contains the data file and the associated documentation such as user guides, codebooks, layout cards or syntax files.

PUMFs consist of sets of records containing information on individuals or households (microdata). They are non-aggregated data that are carefully modified, then reviewed to ensure that no individual or business is directly or indirectly identified.

PUMFs are microdata files that require specialized statistical software in order to read, manipulate, and analyze the dataset. The software is used to combine the microdata and metadata to create a file for analysis.

Statistics Canada Open Licence governs the use of PUMFs.

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact us (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 514-283-8300;

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