1 million register for classes, says Statistics Canada

Enrolment in Canadian universities hit a record high for the fifth straight year during the academic year 2005-06, largely on the strength of foreign students and young adults.

Statistics Canada estimates 1.05 million students registered for classes, three per cent more than in 2004-05.

In a separate study, the federal agency found a record number of bachelor's and master's degrees were awarded in 2005.


It's the seventh straight year the number of degrees, diplomas and certificates have risen.

Universities granted a record 215,400 degrees, diplomas and certificates in 2005, up 2.3 per cent from 2004.

Women continued to outnumber men at graduation ceremonies — about 128,600 women received some form of qualification in 2005, accounting for 60 per cent of all graduates.

A record 172,700 students received an undergraduate degree, certificate or diploma, a 2.1 per cent gain from 2004 and the seventh straight annual increase.

Some 33,000 students received a master’s level qualification in 2005, up 1.9 per cent from the previous year and the eighth straight increase.

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