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Enrolment and graduation rates have been rising, but the school population will continue to decline for another decade or so, despite the growth in the number of students from immigrant families.

  • Distribution of the Population Aged 15 Years and Over by Education Level, Montreal CMA, 2006
    source : Statistics Canada
    In 2006, 55% of those aged 15 years and over in the region had completed postsecondary studies, higher than the Canadian average of 48.8%. Only Ottawa was ahead of Montreal in that regard. Ten years previously, in 1996, the proportion was 43%. 1

  • In 2005, a total of 18,593 college diplomas were granted in Greater Montreal; of these, 37% were in technical training. 2

  • Also in Greater Montreal, 28.3% of residents aged between 25 and 64 years had a university degree in 2005; across the island, the proportion was 34%. Fifteen years earlier, in 1990, the corresponding figures were 15% and 18%. 3
    • In 2005, 58.6% of all graduates of Montreal universities were women, while 53.4% of Ph.D. graduates were men. Four years earlier, the ratios were broadly similar, but there were 2% fewer female Ph.Ds. 4
    • Pre-school enrolments have been declining across the island – from 24,013 in 2001-02 to 21,179 in 2005-06. The same is true at the elementary level, where enrolments have dropped by 8,352; on the other hand, high schools have gained 8,428 students. This overall decline in enrolments is expected to come to an end only after 2018. 5,6
    • In 2005, a total of 75,430 students were enrolled in the island’s colleges on a full-time or part-time basis. That number was 4,418 less than four years earlier. 7
    • Children of immigrants accounted for 45.4% of all Montreal students in 1994-95, a proportion that had risen to 53.3% by 2003-04. In Laval and the Montérégie, their numbers grew from 19.8% to 21.7% over the same period. 8
    • Students born in other countries made up 17.2% of the island’s school population in 2005-06. Of these, 90% took their classes in French, versus 71.7% of students born in Quebec. 5
    • In 2002-03, 33% of the island’s students with disabilities attended school in standard classrooms; two years later, that proportion had risen to 36%. In each period, the percentage was less than the proportion for all of Quebec by 3 to 4 points. 6
    • The proportion of the island’s students who entered high school with an academic lag relative to the average for their age group relative to their cohort declined slightly from 18.8% to 16.9% between 2002-03 and 2004-05. Both genders showed improvement in that regard, with girls declining from 16.2% to 14% and boys dropping from 21.3% to 19.6%. 6
    • Among students on the island who worked in 2003, 65% of those at the secondary I level devoted under 6 hours to paid work each week; at the secondary V level, 69% of students worked 11 hours or more each week. 9
    • About 10,000 adults are enrolled in literacy classes on the island each year; in more than half those cases, these are new enrolments. 6

    1 Labour Force Survey, available by special request program A050705, Statistics Canada
    (consulted on August 21, 2007)
    2 Nombre de diplômes décernés (DEC) dans les établissements d'enseignement collégial, Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport
    (consulted on July 31, 2007)
    3 Les titulaires d’un grade universitaire et les personnes qui exercent une profession scientifique ou technique. Évolution et caractéristiques comparées de 1990 à 2005, Institut de la statistique du Québec, March 2007
    (consulted on July 31, 2007)
    4 Nombre de sanctions décernées dans les universités québécoises (2001 à 2005), Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport
    (consulted on July 31, 2007)
    5 L'effectif scolaire à temps plein et à temps partiel du secteur des jeunes (2001-2002 à 2005-2006), Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport
    (consulted on July 31, 2007)
    6 Portrait statistique de l’éducation. Région administrative de Montréal, Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, December 2005
    (consulted on July 31, 2007)
    7 L'effectif scolaire des établissements d'enseignement collégial, Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport
    (consulted on July 31, 2007)
    8 Claudine Provencher, Portrait scolaire des élèves issus de l’immigration, de 1994-1995 à 2003-2004, Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, 2006
    (consulted on July 31, 2007)
    9 Objectif jeunes: comprendre, soutenir, Rapport annuel 2004-2005 sur la santé de la population montréalaise, Direction de santé publique de Montréal, 2005
    (consulted on July 31, 2007)