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Top Universities in Canada 2021

Embarking on a study abroad adventure in Canada is often a delightful experience combining the country’s stunning sights and sounds - from the icy tundra of the Yukon to the rolling mountains of Calgary - and world-class higher education offerings. 

The universities in Canada are distinct from colleges, defined to be institutions that offer bachelor degrees and postgraduate degrees. Colleges, on the other hand, are defined as institutions that provide diplomas. 

Globally recognised as an open, accepting and diverse country, Canada is a welcoming country which commits to diversity and inclusion for different ethnicities. Being the home to top universities, this makes Canada a top destination for international students. 

For those who are seeking to pursue your foundation, undergraduate or postgraduate pathways in Canada, university rankings can provide a sense of whether the institution is right for you. 

Ranking providers like the QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education World (THE) University Rankings are globally recognised, often used by students as part of their research before applying to study abroad. 

With that, we’ve compiled the top universities in Canada for 2021 below, with data from the latest QS World University Rankings and THE World University Rankings. 


QS Top Universities in Canada 2021 

RankUniversityGlobal Rank
1University of Toronto 25
2McGill University 31
3University of British Columbia45
4Université de Montréal 118
5University of Alberta119
6McMaster University 144
7University of Waterloo166
8Western University203
9Queen’s University at Kingston 246
10University of Calgary 246
11University of Ottawa279
12Dalhousie University291
13Simon Fraser University 323
14University of Victoria (UVIC)370
15Université Laval 420
16University of Saskatchewan465
17Concordia University 477
18York University  531-540

University of Guelph 

20Carleton University 601-650 


THE Top Universities in Canada 2021 

RankUniversityGlobal Rank
1University of Toronto 18
2University of British Columbia34
3McGill University40
4McMaster University69
5University of Montreal 73
6University of Alberta131
7University of Ottawa 145
8University of Calgary200
9University of Waterloo   201-250
10Western University   201-250 
11Dalhousie University   251-300 
12Université Laval    251-300 
13Queen’s University   251-300 
14Simon Fraser University   251-300 
15University of Manitoba   351-400 
16University of Victoria  351-400 
17University of Saskatchewan   401-500 
18York University   401-500 
19Carleton University   501-600 
20University of Guelph   501-600


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