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In 2016, more than half (54.0%) of Canadians aged 25 to 64 had either college or university qualifications, up from 48.3% in 2006.
Canada continues to rank first among the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries in the proportion of college and university graduates.
In terms of high school education, 86.3% of Canadians aged 25 to 64 had completed a high school diploma or equivalency certificate, including both those who finished high school only and those who went on to complete postsecondary credentials.
Canada has the highest proportion of college graduates compared with other OECD countries.
In 2016, 10.9% of Aboriginal people overall aged 25 to 64 had a bachelor's degree or higher, up from 7.7% in 2006.
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In 2016, gains in education were also evident among mothers in lone-parent families and refugees.
A higher proportion (20.4%) of lone mothers aged 25 to 64 in 2016 had a bachelor's degree or higher, up from 14.7% in 2006.
The proportion of young men with an apprenticeship certificate increased from 4.9% in 2006 to 7.8% in 2016.
First Nations people, Métis and Inuit all made gains in postsecondary education at every level.