The Average University Tuition in Canada

Students in Canada pay fees to attend university. The average tuition costs vary by province and program type. According to the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, there are 90 universities in Canada. Statistics Canada’s university tuition report indicates that Ontario students face the highest tuition rates in the country, topping Nova Scotia, which previously held the title.

1 Undergraduates

Statistic Canada findings show that tuition paid by full-time undergraduate students has increased on average at a faster rate than that of inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index. In 2007-2008, average annual undergraduate tuition was $4,524. According to CBC News, this average hides a range of fees that depend on the institution involved, the province it's in, particular program of studies and where students hail from.

2 Graduate Students

In the 2007-2008 academic year, Statistic Canada states that full-time graduate students paid an average of $5,447 in tuition fees, up from $5,387 a year before. CBC News suggests that at some universities, programs like commerce, education or computer science have higher fees than other arts programs, even though they are in the faculty of arts. Engineering students usually pay higher than average fees.

3 International Students

International students are required to pay much higher tuition on average than Canadian students. According to Statistic Canada, as of 2008, the average tuition fee for full-time undergraduate international students was $13,985--over three times the fees that Canadian students pay. International student fees in the province of Quebec and Saskatchewan are highest, while Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador are lowest.

4 Professional Students

Medicine, law and dentistry are popular professional programs. They are also very expensive. CBC News suggests that the average tuition fee for law students, for example, is $7,221. Undergraduates in medicine pay on average $9,937. According to Statistics Canada, highest fees paid by Canadian full-time students in graduate programs are in business, management and public administration ($13,702) and in medicine ($7,168).

5 Compulsory Fees

These fees vary per university. They include fees for recreation and athletics, student health services, student association, health and dental coverage and other miscellaneous fees. On average, Statistics Canada found that in 2008, students paid $663 in additional compulsory fees, up from $603 a year before. These fees continue to rise each year. For undergraduates, they make up approximately 13 percent of total student fees.

Cheryl Thompson is currently a Ph.D. student in Communication Studies at McGill University. Her dissertation research is on the black hair care industry. She is a music, popular culture and film enthusiast and has published articles and reviews in the Canadian Theatre Review, Toronto Star, "Exclaim!" Magazine, and "Chart" Magazine.