Data Insights – 2016 Census Release on Education

2016 Census release on educationHalton Region residents continue to be the most highly educated in Canada.  The recently released Statistics Canada Census figures on educational attainment report that 75% of Halton residents over the age of 25 hold a post-secondary degree or diploma – the highest rate of education attainment within major population centres across Canada and matched only in Ottawa.  Notably, two smaller regions within Quebec have reached attainment levels of 76% and 77%, however this is due to a differing education system structure compared to the rest of Canada.  Overall, 65% of adults in Canada have a post-secondary education – the same rate of attainment reported in the province of Ontario.

Within the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area (GTHA), Halton’s 75% post-secondary attainment level far exceeds that of other regions.  In York Region, 70% of the population over 25 years of age holds a post-secondary education, followed by 69% in Toronto, 65% in Peel, 64% in Durham and 62% in Hamilton.  Halton’s central location to the campuses of 20 different universities and colleges within an hour commute helps to feed the region’s highly educated population base.

The field of post-secondary study that Halton residents have pursued is concentrated in the areas of management, medicine and engineering and offers an extremely talented labour pool upon which local business and organizations can draw.

Within Halton, residents over the age of 25 in the Town of Oakville have the highest rates of education, with 79% holding a post-secondary education.  This represents the highest rate of educational attainment among all medium-large-sized municipalities in Canada.  In the Town of Milton, 74% of adult residents have reached post-secondary, followed by the City of Burlington (73%), and the Town of Halton Hills (65%).

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