Graduate employability: top universities in Canada ranked by employers 2018

Canadian universities producing the most employable graduates have been ranked by companies around the world in the Global University Employability Ranking 2018

November 14 2018
University of Toronto

In total, nine Canadian universities appear in the Global University Employability Ranking 2018, designed by HR consultancy Emerging and published exclusively by Times Higher Education. The ranking reveals which universities recruiters at top companies think are the best at preparing students for the workplace.

Canadian universities are popular with international students for offering cheaper tuition than many US colleges, and a simple application process.

Students thinking about graduate jobs will be pleased to hear that Canadian universities also maintain an excellent reputation with employers.

The University of Toronto is the top Canadian choice when employers are recruiting. Universities in the Canada ranking are spread across the country, including institutions in Ontario, Québec and British Columbia.

Employability rankings by country

Top universities in the world for employability
Top universities in the United States for employability
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Top universities in the Netherlands for employability
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Top three universities in Canada for graduate employability

1. University of Toronto

Many ideas and inventions that begin at the University of Toronto have a significant impact on the global economy, whether through start-ups, commercial partnerships or businesses.

In subjects spanning medicine to engineering, the university attracts world-leading scholars and experts to undertake groundbreaking research and transfer that knowledge to students.

The three strategic priorities for the university include strengthening international partnerships and re-imagining undergraduate education to be a transformative experience.

2. McGill University

Every year, students at McGill University participate in Innovation Week, which explores topics such as entrepreneurship in music and the future of health. Activities are led by students and provide opportunities for them to connect with other innovators and form industry partnerships.

There are three hubs for entrepreneurial students, which offer start-up competitions, technology-based projects, and support and mentorship.

Opportunities to learn beyond the classroom go beyond entrepreneurship projects, including internships, public speaking training and museum events.

3. University of Montreal

The University of Montreal is one of the principal research universities in Canada – and Roger Guillemin, who won a share of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1977, is a notable alumnus.

Another graduate and teacher, Armand Frappier, was a pioneer in vaccination and particularly in the fight against tuberculosis in the country.

The primary language of instruction is French, but many of the doctoral programmes accept English-speaking students. Workshops and tutoring sessions are available for students who wish to improve their French-language skills. 

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Top universities in Canada for graduate employability 2018

Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2019 profile.

Canada Rank 2018 Global Employability Ranking 2018 Global Employability Ranking 2017 University City
1 13 13 University of Toronto Toronto
2 18 18 McGill University Montreal
3 37 44 University of Montreal Montreal
4 56 45 University of British Columbia Vancouver
5 78 74 McMaster University Hamilton
6 134 124 University of Alberta Edmonton
7 150-200 NR University of Waterloo Waterloo
=8 200-250 NR Dalhousie University Halifax
=8 200-250 NR University of Victoria Victoria

See the full results of the Global University Employability Ranking 2018


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