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2006 Census: Educational Portrait of Canada, 2006 Census: National picture

Young women lead the way in college and university attainment

Some 33% of women aged between 25 and 34 had a university degree, compared to 25% of men in this age group. For those in the 35 to 44 years age group, the proportions of men and women having a university degree were almost identical, 24% and 25%, respectively.

Figure 2 Proportion of university graduates by age groups and sex, Canada, 2006

However, in the two oldest age groups, the proportion of women having a university degree was less than the proportion of men. About 19% of women aged 45 to 54 had a university degree, compared to 20% of men in the same age group. For those aged between 55 and 64, 16% of women had a university degree, compared to 21% of men.

In contrast, women who had a college diploma in 2006 vastly outnumbered men in all four age groups. However, the majority of trades certificates were held by men, regardless of age.

In total, just over 2,007,300 women had a college diploma in 2006, compared with 1,526,100 men. However, only 796,200 women had a trades certificate, compared with 1,359,800 men.

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