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2006 Census: Educational Portrait of Canada, 2006 Census: Census metropolitan areas (CMAs)

Toronto: Two-thirds of the adult population were postsecondary graduates

An estimated 1,879,000 adults aged 25 to 64 in the census metropolitan area of Toronto had a postsecondary qualification of some form in 2006. They accounted for two-thirds (66%) of the entire adult population in this age group in Toronto.

Of these individuals, an estimated 962,200 had a university degree. They accounted for one-third (34%) of the adult population in Toronto, far above the national average of 23%.

About 19% of adults in Toronto had a college diploma, while 7% had a trades certificate. Both proportions were below the national averages – notably, the proportion of Canadians that had a college diploma was 20% and the proportion that had a trades certificate was 12%.

Only about 6% of postsecondary graduates in Toronto had completed their highest certificate, diploma or degree in a province other than Ontario or in a territory. However, one-third (33%) earned their credential outside Canada. The remaining (61%) studied within Ontario.

Among adults in Toronto who studied outside Canada, 14% had completed their studies in India, 10%, in the Philippines, 9%, in the United States of America and 8%, in China.


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