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2006 Census: Educational Portrait of Canada, 2006 Census: Provincial and territorial highlights

Quebec: Largest proportion of adults among provinces with a trade certification

About 18% of the adult population of Quebec aged 25 to 64 had a trades certificate (including 'centres de formation professionnelle') in 2006, the largest proportion of all provinces and territories.

On the other hand, 18% of the adult population had a college diploma, the smallest proportion in the country.

About 21% of Quebec's adult population had a university degree in 2006, while about 21% had a high school diploma, and 17% had not completed high school.

Quebec was the only province or territory in which the share of the youngest population with a trades certificate was actually higher than the proportion in the oldest age group. About 19% of young adults aged 25 to 34 had a trades certificate, compared with 15% of the population aged between 55 and 64.

The vast majority (94%) of the adult population who studied in Quebec lived in the province in 2006, the largest proportion of people who have stayed in their province or territory of study in Canada. This rate increased to 98% when only the adults with a trades certificate are considered.

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