This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
A recently released report of Statistics Canada has revealed that women have largely covered up the gap with men when it comes to post-secondary education, as it reported to have found slightly more working-age females than males have a college or university degree.
The report used the data collected during the 2011 National Household Survey, which has controversially replaced the long-form census, that highlighted that a 64.8 per cent of women aged 25 to 64 have pursued post-secondary education, compared to 63.4 per cent of men. However, taking into account the men and women aged from 25 to 34, it was observed that the gender gap still remains considerably large as women are ahead by a margin of about 10 per cent. The lead demographer at Environics Analytics and a previous employee of StatsCan, Doug Norris, commented that “that’s a trend that’s been creeping up on us over the last couple of decades.” He alleged that “overall now, if you look at the population between ages 25 and 64, men and women are fairly equal in terms of the degree to which they have post-secondary education– about 65 per cent or so.”
In the previous NHS of 2006, it was found that 60.7 per cent of adults had a post-secondary education, while even before in 1961 the percentage remained at only four. In the NHS 2011, it was highlighted that almost 82 per cent of university degree holders were employed, while those without a post-secondary education had an only 56 per cent chance of employment.