Currently, more than 585,000 students are enrolled in Ontario college and university programs, and another 120,000 student apprentices are learning trades.

In bringing evidence-based research to the continued improvement of Ontario’s postsecondary system, HEQCO is exploring how to design a responsive and efficient postsecondary education system.

As part of our research focus, we investigate:

  • how Ontario’s postsecondary system is performing on quality and accessibility objectives,
  • what design changes would enhance performance, and
  • how the government and postsecondary institutions can be held accountable for effective use of public and tuition dollars.

    What You Need to Know

    • Females comprised 55 per cent of applications to Ontario colleges and universities in 2007
    • Children of immigrants are generally more likely to pursue PSE than those of native-born Canadians
    • PSE graduates out earn high school graduates by 25 per cent


    March 11, 2014

    Linda Jonker and Martin Hicks, HEQCO

    The Diversity of Ontario's Colleges: A Data Set to Inform the Differentiation Discussion

    September 12, 2013

    Martin Hicks, Harvey P. Weingarten, Linda Jonker and Shuping Liu

    July 23, 2013

    Harvey P. Weingarten, Martin Hicks, Linda Jonker and Shuping Liu, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario

    Quick Stats

    Quick Stats is a snapshot of current statistics and trends in Ontario postsecondary education. HEQCO has compiled information on a number of key subjects including applicants, enrolment, student satisfaction, graduates, labour market performance and much more.

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