Transcript of the chat session on Education Indicators in Canada: An International Perspective, 2017, which occurred on Friday, December 15, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST

Note: This was a bilingual chat session, which means that the participants were able to submit their questions in English or French. Statistics Canada respects the Official Languages Act and is committed to ensuring that information products of equal quality are available in both English and French. For that reason, all the questions and answers have been translated in the other official language.

 Moderator at 13:00:00
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 Moderator at 13:07:18
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 merrillcooper at 13:10:18
Hello, I see that the report does not include high school completion rates for ages 15-19, which I seek at the metropolitan level. When will these data be available, please and thank you?

 Klarka Zeman  at 13:17:41
Hello @merrillcooper,
Thank you for your question. We are only able to produce these statistics at the provincial level.

 simon.savard at 13:03:23
Hello! My question is about Chart A.2.1. I have a hard time believing the numbers I’m seeing. How exactly do you calculate these graduation rates? Also, how can this rate in Quebec for women be above 100 (when it’s a probability)? Thank you for your clarifications.

 Klarka Zeman at 13:18:36
Hello simon.savard, thank you for your question. The rate in Chart A.2.1 is the sum of the graduation rates for this type of diploma at each age. These graduation rates are calculated by dividing the number of graduates of a given age by the population of this age. It can be interpreted as the probability that a person will receive their high school diploma in their lifetime. Sometimes there may be more graduates in an age group than people in the population estimates, which is why there can be a rate above 100%.

 simon.savard at 13:07:24
Second, why are the data on Quebec in Chart A.2.1 so different from the data in Chart A.2.3? Thank you.

 Sylvie Brunet at 13:20:03
Hello @simon.savard,
Thank you for your question. These two charts show different numbers. Chart A.2.1 shows an estimated probability that an individual will earn their high school diploma in their lifetime, while Chart A.2.3 measures the successful completion within the period typically needed to earn a diploma of the cohort of grade 10 students (Secondary III in Quebec). 

 skathleens at 13:10:24
Hello! My question is in relation to A.1.1-post secondary attainment. Are you including in the 57% of Canadians with post secondary attainment recent immigrants who arrive in Canada with post-secondary qualifications (required in the immigration point system)? If so, do you have statistics for how many adults age 25 - 64 born in Canada with post secondary attainment?

 Sylvie Brunet  at 13:23:54
Hello @skathleens. Thank you for your question. A.1.1 uses the Labour Force Survey which surveys individuals aged 15 and older in the Canadian population. Therefore, recent immigrants could be included in the 57%. The report does not include information on Canadian born individuals only. Please feel free to send an email to for further 

 JohnSmith at 13:29:36
Will a final PDF presentation with graphs and breakdowns be available?

 Michael Martin at 13:34:48
Thank you for your question, JohnSmith.  Yes, a PDF report is currently being prepared and will be available from the Statistics Canada website around the end of January 2018.

 JulieB at 13:36:56
I work with official language minority communities. Does the presented education data contain language dimensions?

 Klarka Zeman at 13:40:42
Hello JulieB, thanks very much for your question.  Unfortunately, we do not have a language dimension in this publication.  However, the recently released census data would have information on this topic.  Please contact

 sushmag at 13:39:25
I wondered about historical data on international students as a percent of total by study level and prov. Also, if you have projections of international students. there was a glitch in the system and I did not see the response.

 Moderator / Modérateur at 13:41:33
Our experts are working hard to answer your question. Thank you for your patience! You should see their response momentarily!

 sushmag at 13:30:05
have you looked at the international students as a percent of total students by study level and Provinces? would such data be available for the past 10 years or so? Does Statscan have any projections for the total as well as international students in next 5 to 10 years? Sushma Gera

 Greg Christ at 13:41:50
Hi @sushmag. Thanks for the question. That information goes beyond the scope of this paper. However, that data could be available through a custom tabulation. Please contact There is also a recent fact sheet about international students, which may be of interest to you:

 merrillcooper at 13:40:37
Is it possible to obtain raw data used in the most recent tables to allow for analysis by the SA groups?

 Michael Martin at 13:44:51
Thank you for your question, Merrillcooper. Could you please clarify what you mean by SA groups?

 merrillcooper at 13:48:10
Sorry, Section A: immigrant , Indigenous, family status, income, etc.

 Klarka Zeman at 13:53:46
Thank you for the clarification, merrillcooper.  While we are not able to provide raw data, we do have a number of indicators in our regular Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program publication about the school-aged population by Aboriginal identity, immigrant status, family status and income.  Please refer to section A of this report.  An additional source would be the recently released census data.  Please contact for more information.

 Moderator at 13:51:10
Time for a few more questions! Keep them coming! 

 JulieB at 13:47:57
Does this latest report include historical numbers on spending, per student, by province and source?

 Greg Christ at 13:57:34
Thanks for the question, @JulieB. Unfortunately the current publication does not give details on funding source, and only has the most recent year of data on expenditure per student (2014/2015). However data for the previous years are available in prior publications:

 JulieB at 13:55:39
What were some of the main reasons why Canadians did not pursue with their education?

 Klarka Zeman at 13:59:53
Thank you for your question, JulieB. In this report, we have some information on the barriers reported by 25- to 64-year-olds to participating in formal and non-formal education.  Please refer to this table in the report.

 skathleens at 13:59:26
So to clarify, this Education Indicators report does not use most recent Census data?

 Michael Martin at 14:03:41
Thank you for your question, skathleens.  You are correct, this report does not use the most recent census data, as they were not available at the time the report was prepared. 

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