EPRI-ESDC Tax Linkage Project

This 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.

Funded by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), with a contribution from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO), and undertaken in partnership with Statistics Canada, the study has produced a range of findings, which both support and, conversely, sometimes challenge popular preconceptions.

Bachelor's Degree Graduates Results

Une version française des résultats des bacheliers est également disponible.

College Diploma Graduates Results

Une version française des diplômés collégiaux est également disponible.



Interactive Graphs

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Executive Summary

A stand-alone version of the Executive Summary of the EPRI-ESDC Tax Linkage report is available here.

Press Release

Click here for the Press Release (le communiqué en français est également disponible).


To access the full report, Barista or Better? New Evidence on Earnings of Post-Secondary Education Graduates: A Tax Linkage Approach, click here (une version en français est également disponible).

Also, you can access supporting materials here:

Brief Series

Coming Soon.

Funded in part by the Goverenment of Canada's Sectoral Initiatives Program.

Financé en partie par le gouvernement du Canada par le biais du Programme d’appui aux initiatives sectorielles.