College Education Makes Canada a Leader in Post-Secondary Education

College Education Makes Canada a Leader in Post-Secondary Education

A new Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report released today concludes a robust college system is the reason more Canadians obtained a post-secondary education than people in many other countries.

The OECD report, called Education at a Glance, 2014, was released today and looks at a wide range of educational issues on a global scale. The report highlights the many pathways available to post-secondary students in Canada and attributes much of that accessibility to the country’s colleges.

In Ontario, growing numbers of students are pursuing college education. There are 220,000 full-time students and 300,000 part-time students enrolled in Ontario’s colleges. The number of university graduates enrolled in Ontario college programs has increased more than 40 per cent over the past five years.

The OECD survey also mentions Canada’s strength in helping low-income children overcome hurdles to learning. Ontario colleges are a destination for students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.


“This report confirms exactly what we, at Collège Boréal, have known for some time: our institution is clearly a viable, if not a desirable option for future generations entering the work force. Furthermore, we are often a stepping stone to other post-secondary institutions and, as such, we are helping to educate the leaders of tomorrow.

Pierre Riopel, President, Collège Boréal

Quick facts

Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French-language postsecondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province. For the second year in a row, Collège Boréal has the highest graduation and graduate satisfaction rates of all 24 community colleges in Ontario. Moreover, 100% of all surveyed employers would recommend hiring Collège Boréal graduates!

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