Graduate employability: top universities in Canada ranked by employers

The best universities in Canada for graduate employability have been chosen by local recruiters.
November 16 2016

University of Toronto

University of Toronto
University of Toronto

See the full results of the Global University Employability Ranking 2016


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

But students already thinking about graduate jobs will be pleased to hear that Canadian universities also maintain an excellent reputation with employers. Thirty universities in Canada have been named by local recruiters as particularly good at preparing graduates for the workplace.

The employability ranking, published by Times Higher Education, reveals that the University of Toronto is employers’ top Canadian choice when recruiting.

Universities at the top of the ranking are spread across Canada, including institutions in Ontario, Québec and British Columbia.

The survey from which the ranking is produced has been running for six years as a collaboration between human resources consultancy Emerging and employment research group Trendence. It is published exclusively by THE.


Employability rankings by country

- Top universities in the United States for employability
- Top universities in the UK for employability
- Top universities in Australia for employability
- Top universities in the Netherlands for employability
- Top universities in France for employability


The top three universities in Canada for graduate employability: 

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 topics spanning medicine to engineering, the university attracts world-leading scholars and experts to undertake ground-breaking research and transfer that knowledge onto students.

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

McGill University

Every year, students at McGill participate in Innovation Week, which explores topics like 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 different hubs for entrepreneurial students, offering 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.

University of British Columbia

Hands-on learning is highly valued at the University of British Columbia, where academics aim to combine teaching innovation with cutting-edge research.

New thinking, collaboration and non-traditional ways of exploring problems are key focuses across different departments.

Outside the classroom, 370 clubs are open to students looking to pursue extra-curricular activities to enhance their skills and form a sense of community.


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Top universities in Canada for graduate employability

Country rank

University

1

University of Toronto

2

McGill University

=3

University of British Columbia

=3

University of Waterloo

=5

McMaster University

=5

Queen's University

=5

York University

=8

Université du Québec à Montréal

=8

University of Ottawa

=8

University of Western Ontario

=11

Laval University

=11

University of Montreal/HEC

13

University of Alberta

=14

Concordia University

=14

Dalhousie University

=14

University of Sherbrooke

=14

Wilfrid Laurier University

=18

Carleton University

=18

Ryerson University

=18

University of Quebec

=21

Simon Fraser University

=21

University of Calgary

=21

University of Victoria

=21

University of Windsor

=25

Brock University

=25

University of Guelph

=25

University of New Brunswick

=28

University of Manitoba

=28

University of Saskatchewan

=30

Memorial University of Newfoundland

=30

Université du Québec à Rimouski

See the full results of the Global University Employability Ranking 2016

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