What it measures
Dimension: Overall academic achievement, attainment, and participation
In Canada, the cost of post-secondary education is shared between government and students. Tuition fees are the primary means by which students contribute to the cost of their education. Measured in constant dollars that take inflation into consideration, the average undergraduate tuition cost for Canadian students has nearly tripled over the past two decades.
Why this matters
If tuition fees are perceived as prohibitive by potential students, they represent a barrier to educational participation. As such, rising tuition fees are potentially detrimental to the educational attainment of Canadians which, in turn, is related to their future career potential and opportunities to enjoy a higher standard of living. Further, high tuition fees are directly related to higher levels of student debt following graduation. The burden of student debt during the beginning stages of one’s career can substantially limit access to appropriate housing, good quality food, a range of transportation choices, and some leisure activities.
Indicator data table
|Year||Average fees ($2015)|
Statistics Canada, Tuition and Living Accommodation Costs
- Statistics Canada: University tuition fees, 2015/16
- Maclean's: Interactive map - tuition changes throughout Canada