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Canada University Rankings

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
1 University of Toronto Ontario Toronto
2 University of British Columbia British Columbia Vancouver
3 McGill University Quebec Montreal
4 McMaster University Ontario Hamilton
5 University of Montreal Quebec Montreal
6 University of Alberta Alberta Edmonton
7 University of Ottawa Ontario Ottowa
8 Western University Ontario London
9 University of Calgary Alberta Calgary
10 University of Waterloo Ontario Waterloo
11 Dalhousie University Nova Scotia Halifax
11 Laval University Quebec Quebec City
11 Queen’s University Ontario Kingston
11 Simon Fraser University British Columbia Burnaby
15 University of Victoria British Columbia Victoria
16 York University Ontario Toronto
17 University of Manitoba Manitoba Winnipeg
17 University of Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Saskatoon
19 Carleton University Ontario Ottowa
19 University of Guelph Ontario Guelph
19 Memorial University of Newfoundland Newfoundland and Labrador St John’s
22 Concordia University Quebec Montreal
22 Universite du Quebec Quebec Quebec City
22 University of Regina Saskatchewan Regina
22 Universite de Sherbrooke Quebec Sherbrooke
22 University of Windsor Ontario Windsor
27 University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) British Columbia Prince 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
1 University of Toronto
2 University of British Columbia
3 McGill University
4 McMaster University
5 University of Montreal
6 University of Alberta
7 University of Calgary
8 University of Ottawa
9 University of Waterloo
10 University of Victoria
11 Western University
12 Simon Fraser University
13 Laval University
14 Dalhousie University
15 Queen’s University
16 University of Manitoba
17 York University
18 University of Guelph
19 Carleton University
20 Universite du Quebec a Montreal
21 University of Saskatchewan
22 Concordia University
23 Memorial University of Newfoundland
24 University of Sherbrooke
25 Ryerson University
26 University of New Brunswick
27 University of Ontario Institute Technology
28 University of Regina
29 University of Windsor
30 Brock University
31 Lakehead University
32 Trent University
33 Wilfrid Laurier University
34 University of Lethbridge
35 Ecole de Technologie Superieure – Canada
36 Royal Military College – Canada
37 University 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 University Town
1 University of Toronto Toronto
2 The University of British Columbia Vancouver
3 McGill University Montreal
4 Simon Fraser University Burnaby
5 University of Alberta Edmonton
6 University of Waterloo Waterloo
7 University of Calgary Calgary
8 Western University London
9 York University Toronto
10 Queen’s University Kingston
11 University of Victoria Victoria
12 Carleton University Ottawa
13 University of Ottawa Ottawa
14 McMaster University Hamilton
15 Ryerson University Toronto
16 Universite de Montreal Montreal
17 University of Guelph Guelph
18 Concordia University Montreal
19 Universite Laval Quebec City
20 University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon
21 Dalhousie University Halifax
22 Memorial University of Newfoundland St John’s
23 University of Manitoba Winnipeg
24 Universite du Quebec e Montreal Montreal
25 University of Windsor Windsor
26 University of Regina Regina
27 University of New Brunswick Fredericton
28 Universite de Sherbrooke Sherbrooke
29 Brock University St. Catharines
30 Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo
31 British Columbia Institute of Technology Burnaby
32 Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal Montreal
33 Trent University Peterborough
34 The University of Winnipeg Winnipeg
35 University of Lethbridge Lethbridge
36 Lakehead University Thunder Bay
37 Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi Chicoutimi
38 HEC Montreal Montreal
39 Universite du Quebec Quebec City
40 Vancouver Island University Nanaimo
41 Acadia University Wolfville
42 University of Ontario Institute of Technology Oshawa
43 University of Prince Edward Island Charlottetown
44 Thompson Rivers University Kamloops
45 École de Technologie Superieure Montréal
46 MacEwan University Edmonton
47 Saint Mary’s University Halifax
48 Laurentian University Sudbury
49 Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Edmonton
50 St. Francis Xavier University Antigonish
51 Kwantlen Polytechnic University Surrey
52 University of Northern British Columbia Prince George
53 SAIT Polytechnic Calgary
54 Mount Royal University Calgary
55 OCAD University Toronto
56 Royal Roads University Victoria
57 University of the Fraser Valley Abbotsford
58 Mount Allison University Sackville
59 Universite de Moncton Moncton
60 Capilano University North Vancouver
61 Trinity Western University Langley
62 Nipissing University North Bay
63 Mount Saint Vincent University Halifax
64 Brandon University Brandon
65 Bishop’s University Sherbrooke
66 Royal Military College of Canada Kingston
67 Cape Breton University Sydney
68 Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres Trois-Rivières
69 Universite du Quebec en Outaouais Gatineau
70 Universite du Quebec e Rimouski Rimouski
71 Universite de Saint-Boniface Winnipeg
72 Algoma University Sault Ste. Marie
73 Yorkville University Fredericton
74 Canadian Mennonite University Winnipeg
75 St. Thomas University Fredericton
76 Universite du Quebec en Abitibi-Temiscamingue Rouyn-Noranda
77 Concordia University of Edmonton Edmonton
78 The King’s University Edmonton
79 Quest University Canada Squamish
80 NSCAD University Halifax
81 Ecole Nationale d’Administration Publique Quebec City
82 Redeemer University College Ancaster
83 University of King’s College Halifax
84 College of the North Atlantic Stephenville
85 Burman University Lacombe
86 Ambrose University Calgary
87 Luther College at the University of Regina Regina
88 Universite Sainte-Anne Pointe de l’Eglise
89 University Canada West Vancouver
90 St Mary’s University Calgary
91 Crandall University Moncton
92 Kingswood University Sussex
93 Emily Carr University of Art and Design Vancouver
94 First Nations University of Canada Regina
95 Universite de Hearst Hearst
96 College Universitaire Dominicain Ottawa
97 Campion College at the University of Regina Regina
98 St. Thomas More College Saskatoon
99 Aurora College Forth Smith
100 Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Merritt
101 St. Stephen’s University St. Stephen


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