More Ontario Students Graduating High School Than Ever Before


Ontario’s provincial high school graduation rate has increased again, with more students gaining the skills and knowledge they need to thrive and prosper.

The rate of students graduating within five years of starting high school was 84 per cent in 2014, which is 16 percentage points higher than the 2004 rate of 68 per cent. The percentage of students graduating in four years is 76 per cent, an increase of 20 percentage points since 2004, when it was only 56 per cent.

Since 2004, approximately 163,000 more students have graduated than would have if the graduation rate had remained at the 2004 level.

“Education is central to the opportunity and security we are working to build in Ontario. Our rising provincial high school graduation rate highlights the strength of our public education system. With support from our educators and parents, we will continue to ensure students are graduating with the knowledge and skills they need to reach their full potential.” — Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

For the first time, the government is also publishing school board level graduation rates from across the province. Ensuring parents, students, teachers and boards have access to consistent data will help inform efforts to improve students’ success.

Supporting students in achieving excellence is a key goal of Ontario’s renewed vision for education. Innovative approaches like cooperative education and specialized skills training, as well as stronger partnerships among teachers, principals, parents and communities, are helping to develop graduates who are personally successful, economically productive and actively engaged citizens.

“Ontario’s strong provincial graduation rate is a testament to the hard work of students and the support of their parents, along with the dedication and professionalism of our educators across the province. To further ensure that parents are well informed on how students are doing, we are following through with our commitment to publicly release board-by-board graduation results.”  — Liz Sandals, Minister of Education

Helping more students succeed is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.


  • In 2013, Ontario had a five-year graduation rate of 83 per cent, and a four-year graduation rate of 75 per cent.
  • The province is committed to reaching an 85 per cent graduation rate.
  • Ontario’s elementary students also continue to improve their results, with 72 per cent of Grade 3 and 6 students meeting or exceeding the provincial standard in reading, writing and math.