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Average age of Canada's career college students: 29

97% of the students surveyed attended full-time

88% of students in career college health programs are women.

82% of students in trades/technical training are men.

14% of career college students attended high school outside Canada.

Approximately one quarter of career college students in Canada were born outside of Canada (visa students and recent immigrants). Of these foreign-born students, 17% attend career college to gain recognition for their foreign credentials and 34% to change their careers.

86% of career college students plan to work following graduation: 76% say they will seek new employment, 3% plan to return to work at a current or previous job, while 7% intend to start their own business.

Average Total Tuition Cost (full program) for Private Career College Programs in Canada 
Program Cost

Trades/Technical Training

Design

Health

Media/Information Technology

Other Service

Other

Under $6,000

11%

5%

13%

7%

10%

14%

$6,000-$8,000

7%

5%

13%

10%

14%

15%

$8,001-$10,000

13%

16%

18%

17%

19%

8%

$10,001-$12,000

10%

11%

11%

14%

13%

6%

$12,001-$14,000

18%

6%

5%

11%

13%

6%

$14,001-$16,000

5%

8%

12%

12%

4%

3%

$16,001-$20,000

8%

12%

9%

13%

8%

7%

Over $20,000

16%

27%

11%

7%

8%

31%

No Response

12%

10%

8%

12%

11%

12%

Average Tuition

$19,289

$16,743

$13,521

$13,386

$13,078

$15,821

(Note: numbers may not add up to 100% due to rounding)


Student Enrollment in Programs at Private Career Colleges in Canada
Programs Response % Males % Females %
Trades/Technical Training 7.1% 20.9% 1.8%
Construction/Other Trades 2.2% 7.4% 0.2%
Aviation 1.4% 3.5% 0.5%
Driver Training 1.2% 3.9% 0.1%
Automotive Service/Business/Retail 0.4% 1.1% 0.1%
Electronics/Engineering/Robotics 0.2% 0.7%
Civil Engineering Technology 0.1% 0.4%
Other Trades/Technical training 1.6% 3.9% 0.6%
Health 38.1% 15.8% 46.8%
Health Care/Health Services 17.9% 10.8% 20.7%
Hairdressing 7.4% 1.6% 9.7%
Beauty/Esthetics/Cosmetology 7.1% 0.6% 9.7%
Dental Care 1.9% 0.2% 2.6%
Alternative Healthcare (Acupressure) 1.3% 1.1% 1.3%
Other Health 2.5% 1.5% 2.9%
Other Service 10.0% 9.5% 10.2%
Law and Security 3.3% 4.3% 3.0%
Child & Youth Worker/Special Ed./Education Assistant 2.1% 0.6% 2.7%
Childcare 1.7% 0.1% 2.4%
Counselling 0.7% 0.5% 0.8%
Social Services/Community Support 0.6% 0.2% 0.7%
Other Service 1.5% 3.8% 0.6%
Media/Information Technology 23.6% 28.6% 21.7%
Office Business Administration 13.1% 8.1% 15.3%
Computers 4.8% 10.9% 2.3%
Radio/Television/Film/Music 3.9% 6.1% 3.0%
Desktop Publishing/Multimedia 0.4% 0.9% 0.2%
Journalism/Photography 0.3% 0.3% 0.2%
Other Media/Information Technology 1.1% 2.4% 0.7%
Design 4.4% 7.2% 3.3%
Interior Decorating/Design 0.9% 0.4% 1.1%
Fashion/Design/Merchandising 0.4% 0.1% 0.5%
Other Design 2.9% 6.5% 1.6%
Other 16.8% 18.0% 16.3%
Performing Arts 4.5% 2.7% 5.3%
Bible/Theological 3.8% 6.5% 2.9%
Hospitality/Tourism/Travel 3.6% 2.4% 4.0%
Culinary/Cook/Chef 1.8% 3.5% 1.2%
Animal Care 0.7% 0.1% 1.0%
General Upgrading 0.7% 1.2% 0.5%
Other 1.6% 1.9% 1.5%
(Note: numbers may not add up to 100% due to rounding)


Source: Survey of Canadian Career College Students Phase II: In-School Survey, published by Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC), 2008.
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