Education Industry Statistics in Canada

Education Industry Statistics in Canada

Education Industry's contribution to the economy


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The education industry in Canada plays a crucial role in shaping the country’s future by providing quality education and training.

Here are some key statistics that highlight the importance and impact of the education sector in Canada:

1. Education Expenditure

According to Statistics Canada, in 2019, total spending on education in Canada reached $101.5 billion, representing a 3.6% increase from the previous year. This includes spending on elementary and secondary education, post-secondary education, and other educational services. [1]

2. Enrollment Rates

As of 2019, the enrollment rate for children aged 3 to 5 years in early childhood education programs in Canada was 54.5%. For children aged 6 to 17 years, the enrollment rate in elementary and secondary schools was 99.4%. Additionally, the enrollment rate for post-secondary education among individuals aged 18 to 24 was 65.2%. [2]

3. Employment in the Education Sector

The education sector is a significant employer in Canada. In 2020, approximately 1.2 million people were employed in the education sector, accounting for 6.4% of total employment in the country. This includes teachers, professors, administrators, and support staff working in schools, colleges, and universities. [3]

4. International Students

Canada is a popular destination for international students seeking quality education. In the 2019-2020 academic year, over 642,000 international students were studying in Canada, representing a 13% increase from the previous year. International students contribute significantly to the Canadian economy through tuition fees, accommodation, and other expenses. [4]

5. Education Technology

The use of technology in education is proliferating in Canada. In 2020, the edtech market in Canada was valued at approximately $1.5 billion. The COVID-19 pandemic has further accelerated the adoption of online learning platforms, virtual classrooms, and other digital tools in education. [5]

These statistics highlight the significant role of the education industry in Canada and its impact on the economy, employment, and the country’s overall development.

Sources: Canada Small Business – Statistics | 2023

Education Industry Statistics in Canada
[1]: Statistics Canada
[2]: Statistics Canada
[3]: Statistics Canada
[4]: Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials
[5]: Deloitte

Canada Small Business | Canada’s Industry and Business

October 3, 2023