Report card gives Canada a "D" for PhD production

January 6, 2010

In its report How Canada Performs: A Report Card in Canada, the Conference Board of Canada awarded the country an "A" in education and skills, up from a "B" in 2008. In comparison to 16 other developed nations, Canada came in second to Finland in overall education and skills outcomes. However, Canada ranked last in terms of educating and graduating doctoral students, earning a "D" in this category. The report card states Canada will remain a "D" player in this area for some time, and offers Canada's failure to fund world-class universities as one explanation for the country's comparative weaknesses in high-level academic achievement. Conference Board of Canada News Release | Globe and Mail | Read the report card