In the most recent QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2017, 15 Canadian universities are listed. Using a system that evaluates employment rate, alumni outcomes, employer collaborations, and other variables, the list honors universities that are setting the bar high for employability. Continue reading for a summary of Canada’s top universities for employability, along with details on some of its most successful former students.


McMaster University, routinely regarded as one of Canada’s top research universities, is also placed 101–150. Numerous co-op programs are run by the university, such as the Engineering Co-op and Career Services (ECCS), a partnership between the university’s engineering department and the community that aims to match students with companies. Roberta Bondar, the first Canadian woman in space, John Candy, Eugene Levy, and a host of other prominent corporate and political figures are all McMaster graduates.


Western University, which was ranked in the 151-200 area in 2017, brings our examination of the top ten Canadian universities for graduate employment to a close. The university’s Student Success Center, formerly known as the University of Western Ontario, assists students starting their graduate job search through career counseling, job postings, career fairs, workshops, and more. In fields like commerce, medicine, politics, engineering, music, and athletics, alumni of the university have made major achievements.


At Queen’s University, 92% of undergraduates were employed six months after graduation, placing the school in the 101-150 bracket for graduate employability in 2017. The university’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science gives students the chance to apply for paid internships in businesses around North America, giving them the chance to develop professional relationships and get hands-on experience. Closer to home, by the end of their fourth year, 38% of undergraduate students had finished a clinical, co-op, practicum, or internship in or near Kingston.


In terms of graduate employability in 2017, the University of British Columbia is placed 41st, and it receives its highest rating for the indicator measuring “employer reputation.” The university provides a variety of tools and services to aid students in achieving their professional objectives, such as the [email protected] startup accelerator. Three former Canadian prime ministers—including Kim Campbell, the nation’s first female prime minister—as well as Canadian artists Jeff Wall, Evangeline Lilly, and Bjarni Tryggvason are among its alumni.


The University of Toronto holds the highest ranking among Canadian universities in the category for “alumni outcomes,” coming in at number 19 in the world for graduate employment. Among its alumni are notable people including Margaret Atwood, Donald Sutherland, and Lorne Michaels, as well as four Canadian prime ministers. The institution provides a variety of initiatives and programs, such as entrepreneurship classes, co-op programs, and professional experience year programs, to improve students’ employment chances.


The University of Waterloo is ranked first overall in the table for the “partnerships with employers” metric, which measures both research partnerships and employment-related partnerships, and ranks 22nd globally for graduate employability. The institution, which bills itself as a “entrepreneurial environment” and is renowned for its co-op programs that enable students to combine their studies with work experience, was recently awarded for the 25th year in a row, Canada’s university with the most inventive programs.


The University of Calgary, which is rated between 81 and 90 on our ranking of the top Canadian universities for employability, comes in second. The university offers a variety of co-op programs and internships, has a 95 percent graduate employment rate, and is ranked in the top 50 universities worldwide for the “partnerships with employers” metric. It keeps connections to the petroleum and geoscience industries through the Department of Geosciences and the Schulich School of Engineering due to its location in Calgary, the top Canadian oil and gas city.


The Francophone University of Montréal is additionally listed in the range of graduate employability (101–150). One of the biggest universities in the nation, it has a sizable alumni network, and many of its alumni have achieved success in a variety of industries, including business, physics and other sciences, politics, the arts, and law. One such graduate is 15th Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. The Université de Montréal is partnered with 37 healthcare organizations and receives the majority of sponsored research funding in Quebec.


With 139 Rhodes Scholars and 12 Nobel Laureates among its alumni (more than any other Canadian university), as well as the late Leonard Cohen, three Canadian prime ministers, including the current Justin Trudeau, and president of Médecins Sans Frontières Joanne Liu, McGill University, ranked 28th in the world for graduate employability, is another strong university for alumni outcomes. As one of the most well-known institutions in the world, McGill is placed #1 among Canadian universities in the index for “employer reputation.”


The University of Alberta, which is ranked in the top 100 for graduate employability and has an employment rate of 85 percent three months after graduation from its BCom degree, is ranked in the 91-100 range for graduate employability (and 90 percent of those from co-op programs). 71 past students of the university have received Rhodes Scholarships, and a variety of graduates have achieved success in positions of distinction in industry, government, and the public sector.