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The Education Policy Research Initiative (EPRI) is a national research organization based at the University of Ottawa. EPRI engages in research aimed at informing policy discussions focused on education, skills and the labour market.

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The EPRI-ESDC Tax Linkage project uses administrative data on students provided by 14 PSE institutions from four Canadian provinces linked to tax records held at Statistics Canada to track the labour market outcomes of Canadian college (diploma) and university (bachelor’s) graduates from 2005 through 2013. What emerges is a unique and powerful portrait of their labour market outcomes. Major findings include:
  • Average first year earnings started around $45,000 for degree graduates and around $34,000 for diploma graduates, and rose steadily over time for both sets of graduates;
  • Graduates from different faculties had substantially different starting earnings levels and different rates of increases over time;
  • Some earnings patterns were stable across cohorts, others were more volatile;
  • Earnings patterns differed for men and women.
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Bachelor's Degree Graduates: Mean Earnings


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2005 2012
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College Diploma Graduates: Mean Earnings


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2005 2012
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#GradEarnings Research Briefs from the uOttawa Tax-Linkage Project

EPRI's #GradEarnings Research Briefs are a four part series of briefs on innovative research that use tax file data to track the earnings of University of Ottawa graduates on a year‐by‐year basis following graduation. What emerges is a unique and powerful portrait of how graduates from different faculties performed in the labour market from 1998 to 2011.

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