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To understand the value of higher education in Canada I collected data over 10 years from Statistic’s Canada. The first data set was the average cost of tuition by province over 10 years.


The secondary data set was the employment rates, by province and gender over 10 years. This provides the user with an idea of how much their education may cost compared to the rate at which they may find employment in their province. This information can then be compared to the third graph, which depicts the percentage of employment based of level of study reached.


This information can then be compared to the third graph, which depicts the percentage of employment based of level of study reached. Finally, the website provides the top 5 areas of study with the highest employment rates in Canada. With this information, the user can then determine for themselves if higher education is for them.

Hype or Help?

It’s no surprise to learn that university tuition fees in Canada have jumped an average of 3.1 per cent for undergraduate programs for the 2017-2018 academic years (Statistics Canada). The average tuition has increased to $6,571 from $6,375 in the 2016-2017 school year (Statistics Canada). These rising tuition costs deny access to many lower-income Canadians and leave others with “mortgage-sized” debt once they graduate. It makes one wonder: Is it worth it? By exploring Hype or Help? you will be armed with the data to help make this decision easier and get a better understanding of how the education system is functioning in Canada. Where is tuition rising? Do employment rates reflect the rise in tuition? Is it important to have a university degree?

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