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Learning and Earning: Three New Years of Data for Post-Secondary School Graduate Earnings

Listen to this article as an audio recording In January 2020, LMIC and the Education Policy Research Initiative published a joint report on the early career earnings of Canadian post-secondary education graduates. Now, three additional years of post-graduate earnings data is available. Today we updated our Post-Secondary Graduate Earnings Dashboard with two new graduate cohorts…Read More

“Stay in School!”: Is More Education Actually Better?

“Stay in school!” is the rallying cry of many Canadian parents who see education as the key to improving their children’s standard of living. In fact, more education is generally associated with higher salaries and better working conditions. It is also linked to a wide range of other benefits, including increasing a country’s economic prosperity.…Read More

In Conversation with Students

What should I do after high school? Does college or university make sense for me? Which one will make me happier? Which field will allow me to make a difference in the world? Will my parents support my decisions? As they brace themselves to exit high school, young Canadians need to find answers and make…Read More

How Much Do They Make? Short-Cycle Credentials and Applied Learning at Canada’s Polytechnics

In 2018, Canada ranked first among OECD countries in post-secondary education (PSE) attainment. Our global standing as a leader in delivering PSE is well known. Perhaps less well known is that Canada’s high standing is driven in large part by our polytechnic and college sectors — those delivering what the OECD calls “short-cycle tertiary” education. These programs provide professional knowledge, technical…Read More

Gender Earning Difference Across Income Levels: Still a ways to go

LMIC at CRDCN I recently had the opportunity to present LMIC’s work at the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) national conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At this conference, researchers and government agencies gather to learn about and discuss how micro data available at Statistics Canada’s research data centres (RDCs) can be used to create groundbreaking new…Read More

If You Do What You Love, Will the Money Follow?

Choosing a career can be a daunting task. Much like trying to define “success,” it can mean different things to different people. For some, it’s about passion. Proverbial advice such as “find what you do best and get someone to pay you for doing it” or “choose a job you love, and you will never…Read More

Earnings Comparison Groups

Researchers across the country — myself included — eagerly anticipated the release of the Education and Labour Market Longitudinal Platform (ELMLP) in November last year. By linking postsecondary education (PSE) and apprenticeship training records to individual tax returns, this platform provides a major step forward in addressing what some have called a “data deficit” in Canada. A recent LMI…Read More