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

Alberta: Biggest net inflow of postsecondary graduates

Alberta experienced a net inflow of adults with a postsecondary qualification from the other provinces or the territories between 2001 and 2006.

During this five-year period, the net interprovincial in-migration of postsecondary graduates amounted to 28,000 adults aged between 25 and 64. This was the difference between the 88,600 adults with postsecondary credentials who arrived in the province, and the estimated 60,600 who left for another province or a territory.

Four out of every 10 adults (38%) of the net in-migration had a university degree.

In 2006, about 22% of Alberta's adult population had a university degree; 22% had a college diploma; and 12% had a trades certificate. These proportions were virtually on par with the national averages. An additional 24% of the adult population had a high school diploma, while 15% did not have a high school diploma.

About 13% of the adult population who had a university degree in Alberta studied in Engineering, the highest proportion in the country. Just over one-fifth (21%) of adults who had a trades certificate were qualified in Construction Trades, the highest proportion of all provinces and territories.

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