Published on Wed, 08/09/2017 by Universities Canada

Back-to-school 2017: Preparing Canada’s next generation of leaders

Media Advisory

OTTAWA – In the coming weeks more than a million undergraduate students will be headed to our university campuses, where their learning journey will shape their lives and careers to come. Through hands-on research experiences, work-integrated learning, new technological tools and innovative approaches to classroom learning, they’ll gain a 21st century education.

Universities Canada is pleased to provide journalists with back-to-school data and interview opportunities. 

Universities Canada is pleased to provide journalists with back-to-school data and interview opportunities. Learn how universities are creating career-ready graduates, advancing reconciliation efforts and providing students with the global experiences employers seek.

Some points of interest:

  • 1.6M new jobs:  Between March 2008 and March 2017, 1,574,200 net new jobs were created for university graduates – almost three times those created for graduates of all other types of postsecondary education combined. (Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, 2008-2017)
  • International enrollment growing: International student numbers have more than doubled from 83,000 in 2006 to more than 175,000 in 2016, with an average annual growth rate of 7% over this period (Universities Canada estimates, 2016).
  • Reconciliation through education: More than two-thirds of Canada’s universities are taking action to include Indigenous representation within their governance or leadership structures to ensure Indigenous voices are included in decision-making in a meaningful way (Source: Universities Canada survey, 2017)

More back-to-school facts and stats

Interview opportunities:

A Universities Canada spokesperson is available for media interviews related to the experiences and opportunities in store for students headed to university campuses this fall.

Media contact:

Brenna Baggs 
Communications Manager
Universities Canada
613 563-3961 ext. 255