Q1g: What are the demographics of students admitted to Canadian medical schools?



What are the demographics of students admitted to Canadian medical schools?


The following demographics applied to the 2,951 first-year students who enrolled in Canadian faculties of medicine in 2016/17. The majority were 20 to 25 years old, 58.2% were women in 2016/17.

The women enrolment in Canadian Faculties of Medicine in 2016/17:                                 

  • 66.3% at Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • 55.0% at Dalhousie University
  • 70.0% at Université Laval
  • 61.5% at Université de Sherbrooke
  • 66.3% at Université de Montréal
  • 53.6% at McGill University
  • 60.2% at University of Ottawa
  • 62.0% at Queen’s University
  • 60.05% at University of Toronto
  • 55.6% at McMaster University
  • 40.9% at Western University
  • 73.4% at Lakehead University/Laurentian University (Northern Ontario School of Medicine)
  • 49.1% at University of Manitoba
  • 50.0% at University of Saskatchewan
  • 55.5% at University of Alberta
  • 55.7% at University of Calgary
  • 53.7% at University of British Columbia


  • 90 were permanent residents
  • 25.3% chose French as their language of instruction
    • Université Laval, Université de Sherbrooke, Université de Montréal, and University of Ottawa are the only schools that offer French-language instruction
    • University of Ottawa is the only bilingual medical school in Canada
  • Almost 3.5% (101 in total) were not Canadian citizens
  • 11had a student or diplomatic visa



Permanent resident: Someone who has been accepted as a landed immigrant and has the right to live and work in Canada.


First-year student: An applicant who is registered and starting his or her first year of medical training.


Student or diplomatic visa: A permit that allows an individual to study at an educational institution in Canada for the duration of the program of study.



Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada: Canadian Medical Education Statistics 2017, Ottawa: AFMC, Vol. 39, p. 2. ISSN 0225-9451.

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