Postsecondary Student Information System (PSIS)

The Postsecondary Student Information System (PSIS) is a national survey that enables Statistics Canada to provide detailed information on enrolments and graduates of Canadian public postsecondary institutions in order to meet policy and planning needs in the field of postsecondary education.

Your information may also be used by Statistics Canada for other statistical and research purposes.

Collection period:

From December 1, 2023 to February 1, 2024

Collection methods:

Electronic administrative files – record layout

Survey participation:

Mandatory under the Statistics Act


Data are collected under the authority of the Statistics Act, Revised Statutes of Canada, 1985, Chapter S-19.

By law, Statistics Canada is prohibited from releasing any information it collects that could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent, or as permitted by the Statistics Act. Statistics Canada will use the information from this survey for statistical purposes only.

Data sharing agreements and record linkage

To enhance the data from this survey and to reduce the response burden, Statistics Canada may combine the information you provide with data from other surveys or administrative sources.

Topics covered in the survey

The survey asks questions about

  • enrolment and graduate counts in Canadian public postsecondary institutions (universities and colleges)
  • field of study
  • Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP 2016)
  • program type and credential type
  • registration status
  • year of enrolment and year of convocation or graduation
  • gender
  • citizenship
  • status of student in Canada
  • mother tongue.

Published data

Statistics Canada publishes the results of its surveys in many formats. To find all the documents related to this survey, follow the links below and type the name of the survey in the search engine located at the left of your screen to filter the results.

Data: You will find tables, profiles of a community or region, thematic maps, public use microdata files, and data visualization tools.

Analysis: You will have direct access to Stats in brief (e.g., releases from The Daily, fact sheets), articles and reports, and journals and periodicals.

For more information about this survey