Canada - Expenditure on tertiary education (% of government expenditure on education)

Expenditure on tertiary education (% of government expenditure on education) in Canada was 35.60 as of 2011. Its highest value over the past 40 years was 36.81 in 2007, while its lowest value was 27.78 in 1993.

Definition: Expenditure on tertiary education is expressed as a percentage of total general government expenditure on education. General government usually refers to local, regional and central governments.

Source: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics.

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Year Value
1971 31.36
1972 31.37
1973 31.13
1974 30.72
1975 31.43
1976 31.44
1977 29.61
1978 29.07
1979 30.58
1980 29.79
1981 29.90
1982 29.38
1983 30.06
1984 30.93
1985 30.52
1986 31.02
1987 30.89
1988 30.84
1989 31.70
1990 31.81
1991 28.13
1992 30.75
1993 27.78
1994 34.58
1995 35.27
1998 31.00
2007 36.81
2008 34.44
2009 36.07
2010 35.39
2011 35.60

Development Relevance: The share of government expenditure for a specific education level allows an assessment of the priority a government assigns to a level of education relative to other levels. Enrolment and the relative costs per student between different levels of education should be also taken into account.

Limitations and Exceptions: Data disaggregated by level of education are estimates in some instances. It is often difficult to separate lower from upper secondary education expenditure, or pre-primary from primary.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: The share of expenditure on tertiary education to total government expenditure on education is calculated by dividing government expenditure on tertiary education by total government expenditure on education (all levels combined), and multiplying by 100. Aggregate data are based on World Bank estimates. Data on education are collected by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics from official responses to its annual education survey. All the data are mapped to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) to ensure the comparability of education programs at the international level. The current version was formally adopted by UNESCO Member States in 2011. The reference years reflect the school year for which the data are presented. In some countries the school year spans two calendar years (for example, from September 2010 to June 2011); in these cases the reference year refers to the year in which the school year ended (2011 in the example).

Aggregation method: Median

Periodicity: Annual


Topic: Education Indicators

Sub-Topic: Inputs