What to consider when choosing a University in Canada

Canada University rankings and league tables are highly competitive. There are over 100 Universities to choose from in Canada, and it is significant that students have complete information on which Universities to apply to and which department to study in. Important factors to consider when choosing a Canadian university include:

  • University ranking: There are multiple ranking agencies and sites that rank Canadian Universities such as THE World University Rankings, US News Education, QS Top Universities, Webometrics and more
  • Subject ranking: This is the key (our recommendation). Difference between a rank 3 or a rank 4 University in Canada may not be much. It is however the department for your subject that determines how good a University be for you thanks to factors like Professors teaching, research undertaken, access to facilities, etc.
  • Location: Location is a very important factor in Canada. Cities like Toronto or Vancouver could be big factor in selecting Universities since the industry connections that one can make helps in the future career. Besides, in Canada, weather can play a very important role. Canada in general is cold, but the upper half of the map could be really (really) cold
  • Cost of living: Living cost in Canada in popular cities like Toronto and Vancouver could be higher than other cities
  • Student satisfaction: Students should connect with current and past students to learn about the overall satisfaction during their study and stay in Canada while at a particular University. Special point should be made here that all students have different kinds of goals when selecting a particular University. Thus, asking more than one student would help
  • Research ranking: Students who are keen on doing research should read about the Professors’s work and the research undertaken by the University in Canada they are applying to. Some Universities may only be best known for their taught Masters
  • Percentage of international students: Most Universities will have this statistic on their website


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Best Universities in Canada based on various ranking systems are listed below


Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings

According to Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2019, 27 Canadian institutions are counted among the best in the world


Canada Rank 2019
University in Canada
1University of TorontoOntarioToronto
2University of British ColumbiaBritish ColumbiaVancouver
3McGill UniversityQuebecMontreal
4McMaster UniversityOntarioHamilton
5University of MontrealQuebecMontreal
6University of AlbertaAlbertaEdmonton
7University of OttawaOntarioOttowa
8Western UniversityOntarioLondon
9University of CalgaryAlbertaCalgary
10University of WaterlooOntarioWaterloo
11Dalhousie UniversityNova ScotiaHalifax
11Laval UniversityQuebecQuebec City
11Queen’s UniversityOntarioKingston
11Simon Fraser UniversityBritish ColumbiaBurnaby
15University of VictoriaBritish ColumbiaVictoria
16York UniversityOntarioToronto
17University of ManitobaManitobaWinnipeg
17University of SaskatchewanSaskatchewanSaskatoon
19Carleton UniversityOntarioOttowa
19University of GuelphOntarioGuelph
19Memorial University of NewfoundlandNewfoundland and LabradorSt John’s
22Concordia UniversityQuebecMontreal
22Université du QuébecQuebecQuebec City
22University of ReginaSaskatchewanRegina
22Université de SherbrookeQuebecSherbrooke
22University of WindsorOntarioWindsor
27University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC)British ColumbiaPrince George


US News Canada University Ranking

US News & World Report Education is a popular indicator of Universities especially in North America.

As per US News, these Canadian universities have been numerically ranked based on their positions in the overall Best Global Universities rankings. Schools were evaluated based on their research performance and their ratings by members of the academic community around the world and within North America. These are the top global universities in Canada


Canada University Ranking
University Name
1University of Toronto
2University of British Columbia
3McGill University
4McMaster University
5University of Montreal
6University of Alberta
7University of Calgary
8University of Ottawa
9University of Waterloo
10University of Victoria
11Western University
12Simon Fraser University
13Laval University
14Dalhousie University
15Queen’s University
16University of Manitoba
17York University
18University of Guelph
19Carleton University
20Université du Québec à Montréal
21University of Saskatchewan
22Concordia University
23Memorial University of Newfoundland
24University of Sherbrooke
25Ryerson University
26University of New Brunswick
27University of Ontario Institute Technology
28University of Regina
29University of Windsor
30Brock University
31Lakehead University
32Trent University
33Wilfrid Laurier University
34University of Lethbridge
35Ecole de Technologie Superieure – Canada
36Royal Military College – Canada
37University of Prince Edward Island


UniRank Canadian University Ranking 2019

UniRank aims to provide a non-academic League Table of the top Canadian Universities based on valid, unbiased and non-influence-able web metrics provided by independent web intelligence sources rather than data submitted by the Universities themselves


Canada University Ranking Canadian UniversityTown
1University of TorontoToronto
2The University of British ColumbiaVancouver
3McGill UniversityMontréal
4Simon Fraser UniversityBurnaby
5University of AlbertaEdmonton
6University of WaterlooWaterloo
7University of CalgaryCalgary
8Western UniversityLondon
9York UniversityToronto
10Queen’s UniversityKingston
11University of VictoriaVictoria
12Carleton UniversityOttawa
13University of OttawaOttawa
14McMaster UniversityHamilton
15Ryerson UniversityToronto
16Université de MontréalMontréal
17University of GuelphGuelph
18Concordia UniversityMontréal
19Université LavalQuebec City
20University of SaskatchewanSaskatoon
21Dalhousie UniversityHalifax
22Memorial University of NewfoundlandSt John’s
23University of ManitobaWinnipeg
24Université du Québec à MontréalMontréal
25University of WindsorWindsor
26University of ReginaRegina
27University of New BrunswickFredericton
28Université de SherbrookeSherbrooke
29Brock UniversitySt. Catharines
30Wilfrid Laurier UniversityWaterloo
31British Columbia Institute of TechnologyBurnaby
32École Polytechnique de MontréalMontréal
33Trent UniversityPeterborough
34The University of WinnipegWinnipeg
35University of LethbridgeLethbridge
36Lakehead UniversityThunder Bay
37Université du Québec à ChicoutimiChicoutimi
38HEC MontréalMontréal
39Université du QuébecQuebec City
40Vancouver Island UniversityNanaimo
41Acadia UniversityWolfville
42University of Ontario Institute of TechnologyOshawa
43University of Prince Edward IslandCharlottetown
44Thompson Rivers UniversityKamloops
45École de Technologie SupérieureMontréal
46MacEwan UniversityEdmonton
47Saint Mary’s UniversityHalifax
48Laurentian UniversitySudbury
49Northern Alberta Institute of TechnologyEdmonton
50St. Francis Xavier UniversityAntigonish
51Kwantlen Polytechnic UniversitySurrey
52University of Northern British ColumbiaPrince George
53SAIT PolytechnicCalgary
54Mount Royal UniversityCalgary
55OCAD UniversityToronto
56Royal Roads UniversityVictoria
57University of the Fraser ValleyAbbotsford
58Mount Allison UniversitySackville
59Université de MonctonMoncton
60Capilano UniversityNorth Vancouver
61Trinity Western UniversityLangley
62Nipissing UniversityNorth Bay
63Mount Saint Vincent UniversityHalifax
64Brandon UniversityBrandon
65Bishop’s UniversitySherbrooke
66Royal Military College of CanadaKingston
67Cape Breton UniversitySydney
68Université du Québec à Trois-RivièresTrois-Rivières
69Université du Québec en OutaouaisGatineau
70Université du Québec à RimouskiRimouski
71Université de Saint-BonifaceWinnipeg
72Algoma UniversitySault Ste. Marie
73Yorkville UniversityFredericton
74Canadian Mennonite UniversityWinnipeg
75St. Thomas UniversityFredericton
76Université du Québec en Abitibi-TémiscamingueRouyn-Noranda
77Concordia University of EdmontonEdmonton
78The King’s UniversityEdmonton
79Quest University CanadaSquamish
80NSCAD UniversityHalifax
81École Nationale d’Administration PubliqueQuebec City
82Redeemer University CollegeAncaster
83University of King’s CollegeHalifax
84College of the North AtlanticStephenville
85Burman UniversityLacombe
86Ambrose UniversityCalgary
87Luther College at the University of ReginaRegina
88Université Sainte-AnnePointe de l’Église
89University Canada WestVancouver
90St Mary’s UniversityCalgary
91Crandall UniversityMoncton
92Kingswood UniversitySussex
93Emily Carr University of Art and DesignVancouver
94First Nations University of CanadaRegina
95Université de HearstHearst
96Collège Universitaire DominicainOttawa
97Campion College at the University of ReginaRegina
98St. Thomas More CollegeSaskatoon
99Aurora CollegeForth Smith
100Nicola Valley Institute of TechnologyMerritt
101St. Stephen’s UniversitySt. Stephen


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