Post-secondary education in Canada by Province

Cost of Post-Secondary Education in Canada By Province

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:


Post-Secondary Institution

Price yearly (CAD)

The Memorial University of Newfoundland

2,150 - 11,460

University of Regina

1,715 - 20,050

Royal Roads University

3,750 - 27,600

The University of Saskatchewan

4,110 - 24,000

Athabasca University

1,625 - 17,250

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:


Post-secondary Institution

Price Yearly (CAD)

University of Toronto

5,750-57,000

McGill University

2,230-58,300

University of British Columbia

1,300-52,300

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


Post-secondary Institution

Undergraduate Domestic student
(CAD/Yearly)

Undergraduate International student
(CAD/Yearly)

Postgraduate Domestic student
(CAD/Yearly)

Postgraduate International student
(CAD/Yearly)

Athabasca

4,760 - 6,170

14,330 - 15,290

MacEwan University

4,620 - 6,480

18,240 - 21,880

Mount Royal University

4,492 - 5,442

19, 464

University of Alberta

5,331

22,267

3,745

12,671

University of Calgary

5,386

18,338

5,594 - 7,148

12,699 - 16,226

University of Lethbridge

4,974

12,641 - 17,527

5,838

13,532

British Columbia


Post-secondary Institution

Undergraduate domestic student
(CAD/Yearly)

Undergraduate International student
(CAD/Yearly)

Postgraduate domestic student
(CAD/Yearly)

Postgraduate International student
(CAD/Yearly)

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

$4,339-$5,855


$19,741

Royal Roads University

7,725-9,750

18,240-21,880

12,920-13,050

16,210-16,340

Simon Fraser University

5,671

24,799-28,247

3,818

3,818

Thompson Rivers University

4,313

17,304

7,581

13,138

University of British Columbia

5,399-7,185

29,713-38,052

4,996

8,777

University of Northern British Columbia

5,424

21,589

3,363

3,363

University of the Fraser Valley

4,438-7,763

17,850

17,122

23,438

University of Victoria

5,696

19,536-24,926

5,916

7,462

Vancouver Island University

4,521

16,680

9,826-13,212

17,400

Manitoba


Post-secondary Institution

Undergraduate domestic student
(CAD/Yearly)

Undergraduate International student
(CAD/Yearly)

Postgraduate domestic student
(CAD/Yearly)

Postgraduate domestic student
(CAD/Yearly)

Brandon University

3,737-3,969

9,341-3,969

2,853-3,139

4,280-5,992

University of Winnipeg

3,810-4,389

14,220

6,800

14,000

University of Saint Boniface

3,696

8,132

University of Manitoba

3,916-4,516

14,982-17,375

5,148

11,325

News Brunswick


Post-secondary Institution

Undergraduate domestic student
(CAD/Yearly)
Undergraduate International student
(CAD/Yearly)

Postgraduate domestic student
(CAD/Yearly)

Postgraduate International student
(CAD/Yearly)

Mount Allison University

8,770

18,130

St. Thomas University

7,149

16,068

University of Moncton

6,066-6,423

11,771

2,775-8,538

5,445-16,086

University of New Brunswick

6,893-7,126

16,362-16,595

6,975

12,435

NewFoundLand and Labrador


Post-secondary Institution

Undergraduate domestic student
(CAD/Yearly)

Undergraduate International student
(CAD/Yearly)

Postgraduate domestic student
(CAD/Yearly)

Postgraduate internatinal student
(CAD/Yearly)

Memorial University of Newfoundland

2,550-3,330

11,460

1,905-3,717

3,222-4,833

Nova Scotia


Post-secondary Institution

Undergraduate domestic student
(CAD/Yearly)

Undergraduate International student
(CAD/Yearly)

Postgraduate domestic student
(CAD/Yearly)

Postgraduate international student
(CAD/Yearly)

Acadia University

7,650-8,933

17,650-17,884

7,600-8,883

18,058

Dalhousie University

6,583-7,866

17,661-19,134

7,048-8,331

18,126-19,599

Cape Breton University

6,757-8,040

16,080

8,777-10,060

18,100

Mount Saint Vincent University

6,649-7,932

15,864

5,193-5,963

10,722

NSCAD University

7,657-8,940

19,740

7,717-9000

19,920

Saint Mary's University

6,617-7,900

17,080

4,264-7,564

12,2854-16,571

St. Francis Xavier University

7,547-8,830

17,660

4,896-5,665

11,330

Saint Anne University

6,504-7,787

10,650

6,504

10,650

University of King’s College

6,743-8,026

17,821-19,294

Ontario


Post-secondary Institution

Undergraduate domestic student
(CAD/Yearly)

Undergraduate International student
(CAD/Yearly)

Postgraduate domestic student
(CAD/Yearly)

Postgraduate International student
(CAD/Yearly)

Algoma University

5,865

18,287

Brock University

5,917-6,089

26,558

5,850-8,176

23,504

Carleton University

6,067-9,614

25,503-33,757

4,952-6,514

13,060-15,800

Lakehead University

5,389-5,985

23,731

4,894-5,390

14,934

Laurentian University

5,678-6,000

25,309-25,960

5,353-5,721

12,961-14,361

McMaster University

5,955-6,043

26,981-30,744

6,307

16,761-17,098

Nipissing University

5,781

19,325

8,506

18,350

OCAD University

6,052

24,060

16,670

30,762

Ontario Technology University

5,915-5,983

20,721-21,935

7,579

18,790

Queen's University

6,083

39,098-46,191

6,773

12,927

Ryerson University

6,081-6,110

25,690-26,000

4,307-16,278

20,640-28,020

Trent University

6,118

19,734-21,385

5,394

13,194

University of Guelph

5,893-6,091

9,730-24,300

4,587-4,993

5,650-14,501

University of Ottawa

6,088

36,161

6,367 - 7,798

16,334-27,519

University of Toronto

6,100-11,420

35,890-55,110

6,210-10,350

6,210-37,700

University of Waterloo

6,218-7,611

28,744-35,251

3,504-4,508

4,008-14,084

University of Windsor

5,800

24,410-24,680

7,179

22,650

Western University (excluding colleges)

6,050

27,719-31,042

6,360

18,247

Wilfrid Laurie University

5,663-7,081

25,320

4,536-11,543

10,862-22,980

York University

6,118

28,633

2,871

12,550

Prince Edward Island


Post-secondary Institution

Undergraduate domestic student
(CAD/Yearly)

Undergraduate International student
(CAD/Yearly)

Postgraduate domestic student
(CAD/Yearly)


Postgraduate international student
(CAD/Yearly)

University of Prince Edward Island

6,270

13,590

4,215-7,650

11,535-14,970

Quebec

Post-secondary InstitutionUndergraduate domestic student
(CAD/Yearly)
Undergraduate International student
(CAD/Yearly)
Postgraduate domestic student
(CAD/Yearly)

Postgraduate International student
(CAD/Yearly)
Bishop’s University
2,544-7,940 17,530-19,5812,544-7,94017,530
Concordia University 2,544-7,94017,530-19,5811,908-$5,95511,728-13,148
École de technologie supérieur (College of Advanced Technology)2,544-7,940

21,1122,544-7,94015,637-18,165
École des Hautes Etudes Commercial (College of Commercial studies)2,544-7,94017,435-20,6122,544-7,94015,637-17,421
École Nationale d'administration publique (National College of Public Administration 2,863-8,93315,637-17,421
Institut Nationale de La Recherche Scientifique (National Institute of Scientific Research)2,884-$8,17815,876-17,658
McGill University 2,544-7,94017,421-20,2292,544-7,94015,637-17,421
Polytechnique Montréal (Montreal Polytechnic)2,544-7,94021,3812,862-8,93317,592-19,599
Université de Montréal (University of Montreal)2,544-7,94017,421-$19,5992,544-$7,94015,637-17,421
Université de Sherbrooke (University of Sherbrooke)2,544-7,940
17,421-$19,5992,544-$7,94015,637-17,421
Université du Québec a Chicoutimi (University of Quebec in Chicoutimi)2,544-7,94017,421-$19,5992,544-$7,94015,637-17,421
Université du Québec á Rimouski (University of Quebec in Rimouski)2,544-7,94017,421-$19,59917,42117,421
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Temiscamingue2,544-7,94010,43017,42117,421
Université TELUQ2,544-7,9409,94017,4217,940-17,421

Université du Québec á Montréal (University of Quebec in Montreal)

2,544-7,940

17,421-$19,599

2,544-$7,940

15,637-17,421

Université du Québec á Trois-Rivierés (Univeristy of Quebec in Trois-Rivières)

2,544-7,940

17,421-$19,599

2,544-$7,940

15,637-17,421

Université du Québec en Outaousis (University of Quebec in Outaousis)

2,544-7,940

17,421-$19,599

2,544-$7,940

15,637-17,421

Université Laval (Laval University)

2,544-7,940

17,421-$19,599

2,544-$7,940

15,637-17,421

Saskatchewan


Post-secondary Institution

Undergraduate domestic student
(CAD/Yearly)

Undergraduate International student
(CAD/Yearly)

Postgraduate domestic student
(CAD/Yearly)

Postgraduate International student
(CAD/Yearly)


University of Regina

6,713-7,118

20,138-21,353

4,388

7,693

University of Saskatchewan

6,452-6,607

17,615-18,083

2,840

4,487

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.

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