VitalSigns of Greater Montreal 2008 Foundation of Greater Montreal's website
Comment Vital Signs
  • In 2007, 21.6% of residents aged 15 and over had not completed high school, a considerable improvement over the 38.9% recorded in 1990. Greater Montreal’s rate was better than the proportion for Quebec as a whole (25.4%), and close to the Canadian average (22.2%).
Proportion of Residents Who Did Not Complete High School,
by Age Group, 2006
Proportion of Residents Who Did Not Complete High School
Source : Statistics Canada
  • The proportion of the region’s residents who have completed post-secondary education has risen continuously in recent decades, from 34.3% in 1990 to 55.3% in 2007. 1
  • •In 2006, 15% of those aged between 25 and 64 in Greater Montreal had a diploma of vocational studies (DVS). This was the highest proportion in Quebec. 2
  • In 2006, approximately 80% of new graduates of vocational and technical studies on the island worked in a field related to their training. A DVS (secondary school level) gives access to occupations such as welder, mechanic and plumber, while technical training (college level) opens the door to careers in the police force, in dental hygiene, in childcare services, etc. 3
  • In 2006, the region welcomed 28,000 school-aged immigrants, onethird of whom spoke French at home as their first language. About one in ten students (aged 5 to 16 years) was born abroad and one in twenty was a recent immigrant (i.e., had arrived in Canada no more than five years ago). 4

1 Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey by special request, program A050705.
2 Statistics Canada, Educational Portrait of Canada, 2006 Census. Cat. No. 97-560-X. Ottawa: Statistics Canada, 2008.
3 Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, “Rapport d’enquête La relance au secondaire en formation professionnelle, 2006.
La situation d’emploi des personnes diplômées. Secteur de l’information, des communications et de l’administration.” Banque de données des statistiques officielles sur le Québec, Direction de la recherche, des statistiques et des indicateurs, 2007.

4 T. Chui, K. Tran, and H. Maheux, Immigration in Canada: A Portrait of the Foreign-born Population. 2006 Census. Cat.
No. 97-557-XIE. Ottawa: Statistics Canada, 2007.