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Top 8 universities to study engineering in Canada

Here are the top places handpicked for you to study engineering


Canada has been a top choice of international students for years now and has been consistently ranked no.1 for Quality of Life*. Having a welcoming community with internationally recognised degrees that are affordable and accessible, Canada is a land of vast opportunities. In fact, as per the QS World University Rankings 2019, Canada has 5 of the top 150 best student cities in the world. * 

Canada: A perfect hotspot to study engineering

Among all the courses that draw an international student’s attention, Engineering is a very popular program. It has been observed that in the last decade Canada has created over 1.8 million new jobs for university graduates i.e., twice those created for graduates of all types of post-secondary education combined.* Besides this, Canadian universities are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and contribute to offering a rich, dynamic and multi-cultural study environment. They focus on 

  • Accrediting undergraduate engineering programs

  • Providing services and tools to enable engineering qualifications’ assessment, foster excellence in engineering practice and regulation, facilitate mobility of practitioners within the country 

  • Offering national programs

  • Actively researching, advising and monitoring advances and changes that impact Canadian regulatory environment and engineering as a profession

  • Managing opportunities and risks associated with practitioners and the mobility of work internationally

  • Promoting inclusivity and diversity in the profession 

Top Engineering institutions in Canada

1. University of Toronto

The University of Toronto is ranked among the world’s greatest universities as it offers transformative educational experience, profound knowledge, skills and competencies to successfully deal in a dynamic environment. Counted among the top 25 universities in the globe by Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings, U.S. News and World Report’s Best Global Universities Rankings, Shanghai Ranking Consultancy’s Academic Ranking of World Universities,  and National Taiwan University World University Ranking,* it is a popular choice among international students across the world for its diversity of courses, comprehensive excellence, commitment and affordability. In total, the university runs more than 700 undergraduate and 200 graduate programs with the help of its top-ranked research faculty, providing you with the best opportunity to learn from the best. 

Read more: Engineering in the University of Toronto

2. University of Alberta

Counted among the top 5 Canadian universities and in top 150 of the world, the University of Alberta has created is known globally for its academically rich status. Add to it the prime location, in the city of Edmonton, which is popularly known as one of Canada’s strongest economies, studying here is a dream come true for many students. 

With more than 350 undergraduate programs available to choose from and the University enjoying high International Employability Ranking (#2 in Canada*), no wonder its graduates are always well-sought after by various employers. The University’s Faculty of Engineering is also famous for its globally renowned professors, state-of-the-art labs and teaching spaces, and highly specialised facilities and areas of research. 

Read more: Engineering in the University of Alberta

3. Carleton University

Popular for being consistently ranked in the top 10 Canadian comprehensive universities, Carleton University is also famous for offering innovative, relevant, and exhaustive set of programs in social sciences, arts, business, engineering, science, and public affairs. Being in the nation's capital-seat of the federal government i.e., Ontario (precisely in Ottawa), it offers an impressive gamut of high employment prospects in the form of co-op and internship opportunities. Being home to various large-scale high-tech industries, it enjoys a record of 91.2% for graduate employment (engineering). 

The university is ranked in top 201-250 in THE global university 2020 rankings list (Engineering Technology category)* and is among the top 10 in Canada for its engineering programs as per Maclean Rankings 2019 Canada*.

Read more: Engineering in Carleton University

4. University of Ottawa 

The University of Ottawa is famous for being the largest English French bilingual university globally. Strategically located in the heart of Canada’s capital, it is known for its world-class faculty, quality education and globally recognised degrees. Especially popular for its engineering programs, the faculty enjoys a graduate employment rate of a whopping 96.1% (as in 2018). The university’s faculty of Engineering programs are designed to provide the right blend of theory and practice with access to advanced prototyping and manufacturing facilities, entrepreneurial competitions, competitive teams, start-up growth programs, and more.

Read more: Engineering in The University of Ottawa

5. Ryerson University 

Counted among one of the most reputed public research universities in Toronto (Ontario, Canada), Ryerson University has a beautiful urban campus surrounding the Yonge–Dundas Square. Situated at one of the busiest intersections in the province’s downtown, the university attracts more than 45,000 students who have on offer more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs to choose from. Plus, the university is partners with 133 universities in 37 countries and 20 research chairs to provide better research experience and opportunities to its students. 

Read more: Engineering in Ryerson University

6. The University of Waterloo

The University of Waterloo is a well-known public research university in Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) that and has been constantly ranked among the most innovative universities* in Canada for the last 28 years. As per the Maclean’s 2021 University Rankings, it is also the country’s third-best overall university. With a strong focus on integrating teaching and academic excellence, entrepreneurial spirit, experiential education, and impact-driven research, the university is home to students from over 120 countries and enjoys a graduate employment rate of a whopping 92%. The university’s Faculty of Engineering offers 15 undergraduate programs and nine masters engineering degrees. In fact, its architecture degree is counted among the most reputed courses provided by the department. 

Read more: Engineering in The University of Waterloo

7. Ontario Tech University

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) is situated in the city of Oshawa (Ontario, Durham Region) and is a convenient (less than an hour's) drive from downtown Toronto. Globally, the university ranks 1098 and stands at 29 among Canadian institutions. *  

Offering a technology-rich learning environment to its students where students receive devices loaded with the program and industry-specific software, the University is known for its national award-winning Mobile Learning program that allows all students to enjoy equal access to the same technology, resources and services. 

Read more: Engineering in Ontario Tech University

8. The University of British Columbia (UBC)

The University of British Columbia (UBC), popularly known as a global centre for teaching, learning and world-leading research, is ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Recognised recently as North America’s most international university*, it has two main campuses – in Vancouver and Kelowna (Okanagan Valley). 

The UBC’s Faculty of Engineering equips students with remarkable learning opportunities by imparting a comprehensive understanding of engineering principles during the first year before they select one of the specialised programs 

Read more: Engineering in The University of British Columbia

There is no dearth of options to choose from when it comes to opting for engineering in any of these top universities in Canada. From popular programs like Electrical Engineering to Chemical Engineering to lesser-known specialisations such as Agricultural Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, they have it all.  



Updated on November 24, 2020

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Shilpi Singh

Shilpi Singh is a skilled professional with over 13 years of experience and extensive knowledge of Canadian institutions and Education in Canada. Under her role of Client Relations Manager (Canada) at IDP, she is the central point of contact for client institutions and IDP Canada staff. In her role, she ensures that all IDP staff and students are updated with latest institution policies, requirements or any process related to education in Canada. 


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