94% of Ontario university grads have secured well-paying jobs two years after graduation: government survey

University-educated graduates are using the advanced skills they learn at university to secure good, well-paying jobs soon after graduation, with 87 per cent employed within six months of graduation, and almost 94 per cent within two years.

“In a complex and ever-changing world, Ontario’s universities are helping to build a brighter future for graduates, their families and communities, and the province,” says David Lindsay, President and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities, which represents Ontario’s 21 universities.

“By giving graduates the high skills they need, Ontario’s universities are helping unlock the full potential of Ontario’s future and all who live here.”

The latest survey of graduates of Ontario undergraduate programs conducted for Ontario’s Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development shows that university graduates in full-time jobs earn an average salary of almost $42,000 six months after graduation. The average salary after two years is more than $49,000.

Employment rates and earnings for university undergraduates are higher than any other level of education.

As well, the vast majority of recent graduates in full-time jobs say their work is related to the skills developed at university, and related to their program of study.

In all, 83,654 students who graduated from undergraduate programs at Ontario universities in 2013 were surveyed between November 2015 and March 2016 with 34,011 – or almost 41 per cent – responding.

Read the survey.

See the infographic. 


COU is the voice of Ontario’s universities, promoting the value of education, research and innovation that leads to social, cultural and economic success.

Follow us on Facebook ǀ Follow us on Twitter

For further information, please contact:

Wendy McCann
Senior Director, Communications
416-979-2165 x233
647-271-0825 (cell)
Email Wendy McCann

In the News

Métis Nation of Ontario and University of Ottawa move forward with emerging Ontario Métis research April 25, 2017

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) and the University of Ottawa recently established a formal working group to facilitate greater collaboration and encourage ongoing communication between the MNO and the Chair of Métis Research.

Read more
Schools and employers partner to curb youth underemployment April 20, 2017

Canada’s major banks and financial-service companies in the Greater Toronto Area are lining up behind an initiative to ensure that every postsecondary student has a work-integrated learning experience before they graduate, hoping the strategy will create a pipeline of work-ready employees.

Read more
Ontario Boosting On-the-Job Learning Opportunities for Students April 19, 2017

Ontario is helping young people prepare for successful careers by creating 40,000 new work-related learning opportunities over three years for K-12 and postsecondary students, as well as recent graduates.

Read more