Number of years of education attended of person

Status: This standard was approved as a departmental standard on July 15, 1998.


Number of years of education attended refers to the number of academic years a person attended, or participated in, a formal program provided by elementary and secondary schools, universities, colleges or other formal post-secondary institutions.

An academic year would be equivalent to a school year or a grade in elementary and secondary institutions or an eight to nine month course of study in a post-secondary institution (for example, the equivalent of two out of three semesters in a trimester program). Pre-kindergarten is not included.

Some sources may restrict collection to the population aged 15 and over. Other sources, particularly provincial administrative sources, may collect for other age groups, for example, the population aged four and over. The population covered should be clearly stated in the classification.

Person refers to an individual and is the unit of analysis for most social statistics programs.

Conformity to relevant internationally recognized standards

There are no relevant internationally recognized standards.


Relation to previous version

  • Number of years of education attended of person July 15, 1998 to current

    This is the current standard.

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