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The Benefits of a College or Institute Credential

Fast Facts

  • The first year after graduation, college and institute graduates receive average annual earnings of $34,000
  • This grows to $54,000 a year, eight years after graduation
  • 90% of graduates receive earnings that are well above “barista level”

CICan is a proud partner of the Education Policy Research Initiative (EPRI), a national research organization based at the University of Ottawa that engages in research aimed at informing policy discussions focused on education, skills, and the labour market.

Led by Dr. Ross Finnie, the EPRI dispelled the so-called “barista myth” by showing that holding a post-secondary credential does in fact improve employment outcomes and earnings.

By using administrative data from 14 post-secondary institutions in four Canadian provinces and linking it to tax records provided by Statistics Canada, EPRI was able to track the earnings of graduates from 2005 through 2013. This resulted in a comprehensive portrait of their labor market outcomes and of the impact of a college, institute, or university degree.

For more information, see the videos below:

June 1, 2017

Barista or Better: How Much Do College Diploma Graduates Really Earn?

This project links administrative student data held by 14 PSE institutions across the country with tax files at Statistics Canada in order to track students' post-graduation earnings. The goal of this...

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June 1, 2017

Barista or Better: How Much Do Bachelor's Degree Graduates Really Earn?

This project links administrative student data held by 14 PSE institutions across the country with tax files at Statistics Canada in order to track students' post-graduation earnings. The goal of this...

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