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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

Rank 

University  

Global Rank 

1 

University of Toronto 

25 

2 

McGill University 

31 

3 

University of British Columbia 

45 

4 

Université de Montréal 

118 

5 

University of Alberta 

119 

6 

McMaster University 

144 

7 

University of Waterloo 

166 

8 

Western University 

203 

9 

Queen’s University at Kingston 

246 

10 

University of Calgary 

246 

11 

University of Ottawa 

279 

12 

Dalhousie University 

291 

13 

Simon Fraser University 

323 

14 

University of Victoria (UVIC) 

370 

15 

Université Laval 

420 

16 

University of Saskatchewan 

465 

17 

Concordia University  

477 

18 

York University 

531-540 

19 

University of Guelph 

571-580 

20 

Carleton University 

601-650 

THE Top Universities in Canada 2021

Rank 

University  

Global Rank 

1 

University of Toronto 

18 

2 

University of British Columbia 

34 

3 

McGill University 

40 

4 

McMaster University 

69 

5 

University of Montreal 

73 

6 

University of Alberta 

131 

7 

University of Ottawa 

145 

8 

University of Calgary 

200 

9 

University of Waterloo 

201-250 

10 

Western University 

201-250 

11 

Dalhousie University 

251-300 

12 

Université Laval 

251-300 

13 

Queen’s University 

251-300 

14 

Simon Fraser University 

251-300 

15 

University of Manitoba 

351-400 

16 

University of Victoria 

351-400 

17 

University of Saskatchewan 

401-500 

18 

York University 

401-500 

19 

Carleton University 

501-600 

20 

University of Guelph 

501-600 

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