Just under half of the Region's population ages 15 and over, 181,735 people, according to the 2006 Census, has some type of post-secondary education.

Another 24 per cent,­ numbering just over 92,000 as measured in the 2006 Census, have less than a high school education. By age category, 44 per cent of all people 65 and older did not graduate from high school, whereas just 16 per cent of all people between 25 and 64 have less than high school.

Waterloo Region places ninth in Ontario in terms of the number of people who hold a university certificate above the bachelor's degree level.

Highest Level of Education for Waterloo Region Population, 2006 (15 years old or older)

Highest Level of EducationTotal Population
Total population 15 years+ by highest certificate, diploma or degree 380,990

No certificate, diploma or degree


Certificate, diploma or degree


High school certificate or equivalent


Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma


College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma


University certificate, diploma or degree


University certificate, diploma or degree below bachelor level


University certificate or degree


Bachelor's degree


Univeristy certificate or diploma above bachelor level


Degree in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or optometry


Master's degree


Earned doctorate


Source: Statistics Canada, Census 2006