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

Montréal: More than a quarter of the adult population had a university degree

Over 1.3 million adults in the census metropolitan area of Montréal aged between 25 and 64 were postsecondary graduates, representing two-thirds (65%) of the population in this age group.

Just over one-quarter (27%) of the adult population, about 541,900, had a university degree. Slightly more than 17%, or 354,400 adults, had a college diploma, while 15%, or 301,700, had a trades certificate (including 'centres de formation professionnelle'). The proportion of adults with a trades certificate (including 'centres de formation professionnelle') was the highest among the five largest census metropolitan areas.

Of the adults with a postsecondary qualification in Montréal, 82% earned their credential within Quebec, 15% earned it outside the country and only 3% graduated in a province or territory outside Quebec.

Of the nearly 200,000 adults of the Montréal CMA who studied outside Canada, 13% studied in France, the most important source country, followed by the United States of America (7%) and Algeria, Romania and China (6% each).

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