Community College Student Information System (CCSIS)

Detailed information for 1999-2000





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The Community College Student Information System collected data on enrolment and number of graduates of postsecondary programs of community colleges and related institutions.

Data release - September 24, 2002


These data are now collected by the Postsecondary Student Information System (PSIS, see the link in the "Documentation" section). PSIS is a national survey that enables Statistics Canada to provide detailed information on enrolments and graduates of Canadian postsecondary education institutions.

The Community College Student Information System collects data on enrolment and number of graduates of postsecondary programs of community colleges and related institutions. The data are used by Human Resources Development Canada and the Secretary of State to analyse the labour force supply, and also by educational associations for studies of the education system and by individual researchers to study the participation of special groups such as foreign students and women.

The types of program collected by the survey consist of Career and University Transfer/University Level programs at community colleges, CEGEPS, technical institutes and university colleges.

Career programs consist of certificate and diploma programs offered at community colleges and similar institutions. A secondary school completion or equivalent is the normal prerequisite for entry into the program. The length of the programs can range from one to several years, with the one-year programs leading to a certificate and the longer ones to a diploma.

University transfer programs at community colleges and university colleges provide a student with a standing equivalent to the first or second year of a university degree program with which one can apply for admission to subsequent senior years at a degree granting institution.

The "général" program at Quebec institutions, the completion of which is a prerequisite for entry into universities, are included in this classification.

Reference period: Academic year


  • Education, training and learning
  • Fields of study
  • Students

Data sources and methodology

Target population

All students in public postsecondary community colleges and similar institutions.


This survey is a census with a cross-sectional design.

Data are collected for all units of the target population, therefore, no sampling is done.

Data sources

Responding to this survey is voluntary.

Data are collected directly from survey respondents and extracted from administrative files.

The survey requests enrolment and graduate data on all students in public postsecondary community colleges and similar institutions.


Estimation is required at times for missing colleges and is based on the historical reporting of the institution and the overall trend of similar institutions in the province of the reporting year.


This methodology type does not apply to this statistical program.

Disclosure control

Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any information it collects that could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent or as permitted by the Statistics Act. Various confidentiality rules are applied to all data that are released or published to prevent the publication or disclosure of any information deemed confidential. If necessary, data are suppressed to prevent direct or residual disclosure of identifiable data.

In order to prevent any data disclosure, confidentiality analysis is done using the Statistics Canada Generalized Disclosure Control System (G-Confid). G-Confid is used for primary suppression (direct disclosure) as well as for secondary suppression (residual disclosure). Direct disclosure occurs when the value in a tabulation cell is composed of or dominated by few enterprises while residual disclosure occurs when confidential information can be derived indirectly by piecing together information from different sources or data series.


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