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Research shows 86 per cent of college graduates employed within six months

College education continues to provide a clear gateway to employment as about 86 per cent of Ontario's most recently surveyed college graduates found employment within six months of graduation, new statistics show.

November 20, 2018  By Colleges Ontario

“Our career-focused programs provide an excellent pathway to employment,” said Linda Franklin, the president and CEO of Colleges Ontario. “In this increasingly competitive economy, Ontario college graduates enter the workforce with the professional expertise that is valued by employers.”

The employment rate for graduates is one of five key performance indicators (KPIs) for Ontario’s 24 colleges released today. Colleges and the provincial government gather the results annually.

Other highlights include:

  • More than 92 per cent of employers were satisfied or very satisfied with the graduates they hired.
  • More than 79 per cent of college graduates were satisfied or very satisfied with their college programs.

Ontario’s colleges offer 900 programs that prepare students for success in all sectors, including careers in business, health care, energy, tourism and hospitality, advertising, engineering, technology and manufacturing. Successful Ontario college alumni include award-winning Hollywood directors and animators, company presidents, hospital CEOs and national TV hosts.


More than 240,000 full-time students and about 300,000 part-time students are enrolled in Ontario’s college programs, including record numbers of international students.

“As new technology and innovations revolutionize the workplace, it’s becoming essential that students acquire workplace-specific expertise as part of their education,” Franklin said. “College education is pivotal to the province’s economic prosperity and to ensuring more people land rewarding careers.”

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