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  • 5,068,587 — The total number of students enrolled in public elementary and secondary school programs in Canada in 2015/2016, continuing a slight upward trend seen since 2011/2012
  • 97% of 15-year-olds were attending school in 2015/2016.
  • 428,625 — The number of elementary-secondary students enrolled in French immersion programs in 2015/2016.
  • 721,100 — The total number of teachers, professors and counsellors in Canada as of 2017.
  • 743 — The average number of hours taught by upper secondary (generally grades 10 to 12) school teachers in Canada in 2014/2015, compared with the average of 662 hours for OECD countries.
  • $1,688 — The average expenditure on education by all households in Canada in 2016.

Source: Back to school... by the numbers

  • $6,838 — Average tuition for undergraduate programs for Canadian full-time students 2018/2019

Source: Tuition fees for degree programs, 2018/2019

  • Canada is 1st — in 2017 ranking of OECD countries by proportion of the population aged 25-64 who have attained postsecondary education

Source: OECD, Education at a Glance

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