Graduate employability: top universities in Canada ranked by employers 2019

Canadian universities producing the most employable graduates have been ranked by companies around the world in the Global University Employability Ranking 2019

November 21 2019
University of Toronto

Nine Canadian universities appear in the Global University Employability Ranking 2019, designed by HR consultancy Emerging and published exclusively by Times Higher Education. The ranking reveals which universities recruiters at top companies think are 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 among employers. Canadian universities ranking are spread across the country, including Ontario, Québec and British Columbia.


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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 disciplines from medicine to engineering, the university attracts world-leading scholars to undertake groundbreaking research and transfer that knowledge to students.

The strategic priorities for the university include strengthening international partnerships and reimagining undergraduate education to prepare students for lifelong learning.

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 to connect with other innovators and form industry partnerships.

Three hubs for entrepreneurial students 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 excursions.

3. University of Montreal

The University of Montreal is one of Canada’s principal research universities – 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 2019

Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2020 profile

Canada Rank 2019 Employability Rank 2019  Employability Rank 2018  Institution City
1 15 13 University of Toronto Toronto
2 17 18 McGill University Montreal
3 36 37 University of Montreal Montreal
4 61 56 University of British Columbia Vancouver
5 78 78 McMaster University Hamilton
6 120 134 University of Alberta Edmonton
7 186 200-250 University of Victoria Victoria
8 204 200-250 Dalhousie University Halifax
9 240 150-200 University of Waterloo Waterloo

See the full results of the Global University Employability Ranking 2019

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