Cost of Post-Secondary Education in Canada By Province

Updated

By

Reviewed by

Share:

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest

Ever thought of furthering your education after high school/secondary school? What school comes to mind when thinking about your post-secondary education? Does the cost of Post-education education matters when deciding? The cost of Post-Secondary Education in Canada is quite affordable depending on the institution, province, course, etc.

Post-Secondary Education in Canada

Canada is currently one of the world’s leading study destinations for both domestic and foreign students with over 90 universities out of which 17 are privately owned. And there are currently about 150 post-secondary institutions in Canada. 

Canada offers a wide variety of experience and opportunities for both domestic and international students. Post-secondary institutions in Canada offer courses both in French and English. However, if you are not a native speaker, you will be required to provide proof of proficiency in the language you plan to study in. 

Also, you will be required to provide proof of financial capability throughout your studies if your admission is not funded by the school or other organizations (scholarship).

Post-secondary institutions in Canada offer three-degree levels. They include:

  • Bachelor’s degree – this span for 4 years
  • Master’s degree – requires an extra year or two
  • Doctorate – 3 years

Cost of Tuition Fees in Canada

Generally, post-secondary education in Canada is less expensive compared to countries like the UK, US and Australia. Post-secondary institutions in Canada set their fees, and these fees vary on different factors like:

  • The program you are studying
  • Whether you are a foreign or domestic student
  • Your level of study (undergraduate or postgraduate)

Programs such as Bachelor’s in Medicine, Engineering, Social sciences, Natural sciences, Computer Science and IT and Business and Management are currently among the most expensive study programs for post-secondary education in Canada.

While for master program, master’s in Business, Engineering, Computer Science and Law are the most expensive. Going by the latest report from Statistics Canada, tuition fees in Canada decreased by 5.3% for domestic undergraduate students and increased by 7.6% for foreign undergraduates in the 2019/2020 academic session. This gives domestic students a greater advantage in terms of affordability.

For undergraduate students, Humanities courses tend to be cheaper while Engineering and Medicine are the most expensive. According to Statistics Canada, the average tuition fee for international undergraduate students is CAD 29,714, while for international students the average fee for international postgraduate students is CAD 7,744. Note that, postgraduate level tuition fees are generally lower but also vary depending on your program. 

Cheapest Post-Secondary Institution in Canada

The Cheapest post-secondary institution currently in Canada include:

[table “43” not found /]

Even at these affordable price rates, there are still several study programmes that cost over CA$30,000 per year like; Master’s degree in Business, Law, Dentistry and particularly, in Business Administration.

The highest-ranking post-secondary institutions in Canada currently has the following fee range:

[table “44” not found /]

Cost of Post-Secondary Education in Canada By Province

Post-secondary institutions in Newfoundland are the most affordable while those in Ontario are the most expensive. The fees in the tables below were for the 2019/2020 academic session. Tuition fees change per year.

Alberta

[table “45” not found /]

British Columbia

[table “46” not found /]

Manitoba

[table “47” not found /]

News Brunswick

[table “48” not found /]

NewFoundLand and Labrador

[table “49” not found /]

Nova Scotia

[table “50” not found /]

Ontario

[table “51” not found /]

Prince Edward Island

[table “52” not found /]

Quebec

[table “53” not found /]

Saskatchewan

[table “54” not found /]

From the tables above, post-secondary education in Canada can be quite expensive depending on your level of study, your program of study, province and the status of your citizenship.

If you need funding from your provincial government, it is advisable to check the school you are applying to know if funding is available for either domestic or international students.

In making your choice of a post-secondary institution in Canada, do not assume that the quality of education depends on how pricey the university is. You may be able to get the same quality of education for less.

Related Posts

Post Comments

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Essential reads, delivered weekly

Join the Financial Literacy Train. Get the latest financial information delivered right to your inbox.

Newsletter

Deals and Offers

We’ve rounded up the Best life in Canada, with the best promotions, and the best sign-up bonuses, to help you maximize your benefits.

EQ Bank US Dollar Account

Earn more on your US dollars

World Elite Mastercard

A card for travelling with exclusive perks

Platinum Mastercard

Earn 1 point for every dollar spent

Reviews

Post Comments

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertiser Disclosure

Canada Buzz is an advertising-supported blog. Some products and services that appear on this site are from companies from which Canadabuzz receives compensation. We may alter brand placements on our website to amplify our partners and their offers. Any time you click to our partner websites or register for a product or services through an affiliate link on our website, we may earn a commission at ZERO cost to you.

Canada Buzz is a purely informational blog. Opinions expressed on this blog are NOT endorsed by the reviewed brands. The information provided on this website does not constitute financial or professional advice. However, our team strives to bring you quality, unbiased information.

Bukola

Highlights

Avid researcher, freelance writer, and personal finance enthusiast passionate about financial education and literacy.

Latest Post

Kareena Maya

Personal Finance and Travel Rewards Expert Contributor

Highlights

Experience

Kareena Maya is a freelance writer focused on the personal finance and travel spaces. He frequently writes about credit cards, banking, student loans, insurance, travel rewards and more. His work has been featured in publications such as Forbes Advisor, Bankrate, Credit Karma, Finance Buzz, The Ascent and Student Loan Planner.

Kareena Maya is a freelance writer focused on the personal finance and travel spaces. He frequently writes about credit cards, banking, student loans, insurance, travel rewards and more. His work has been featured in publications such as Forbes Advisor, Bankrate, Credit Karma, Finance Buzz, The Ascent and Student Loan Planner.