As mentioned earlier, comparisons with the 2001 Census are only possible for the number of university degrees attained. As such, the census enumerated 3,985,700 adults aged between 25 and 64 who had a university degree in 2006, up 24% from the 3,207,400 in 2001. On the other hand, the number of adults who did not have a university degree rose only 2%.
Table 1 Total population aged 25 to 64 by level of university attainment, Canada, 2001 and 2006
Of the university degrees, the biggest increase during the five-year period occurred in the number of adults who had a master's degree, which increased 32% in this time period.
The smallest increase (11%) occurred in the number of adults who had a degree in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or optometry.