A report by Community Development Halton says 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 Halton, almost three-quarters (74.4%) of the residents in the same age bracket had obtained the qualifications. Oakville’s percentage is slightly higher at 76.4% followed by Burlington and Milton at 71% and Halton Hills at 63%.
There is still a small portion of population aged 20 years and over without a high school diploma. Over half (53%) of the group is between 20 and 64 years – the working age. Although education does not necessarily guarantee employment, there is a strong relationship between earnings and higher education.
For those with a post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree, the most popular major field of study is business, management and public administration (26%), followed by architecture, engineering and related technologies (16%) and social and behavioural sciences and law (15%). As with occupations , there is gender imbalance among major fields of study. Most noticeably are two major fields of study in education and architecture, engineering and related technologies. Women accounted for over 80% in education and men accounted for 86% in architecture, engineering, and related technologies. More gender neutral major fields of study include personal, protective and transportation services, business, management and public administration, and physical and life sciences.