StatsCan report provides profile of Ontario PhD graduates

July 9, 2012

In a new report Statistics Canada provides a profile of PhD holders who graduated from Ontario universities in 2005, as well as examines the graduates' labour market outcomes. The report notes that Ontario accounted for 40% of Canadian graduates in 2005, and compared to other provinces Ontario had more PhD graduates whose mother tongue was a non-official language. 65% of Ontario graduates pursued a doctorate to become university professors, compared to 58% of graduates in other provinces. In 2007, 90% of PhD graduates were working either as salaried employees or as self-employed workers. The report notes that the public sector remained the primary employer of new PhD graduates in Canada in 2007, as over three-quarters found employment in educational services (58% for Ontario and 55% for graduates in other provinces), health care and social assistance (13% for both groups), and public administration (7% for both groups). Report