Toolkit and Resources

This page provides all the tools, resources and data sets needed to develop your digital tool. More information about how to use these resources can be found in the subsections below.

User Insights Toolkit

The User Research Toolkit summarizes the key themes and insights that emerged by conducting primary and secondary research. It will highlight key decision points for high school students and key challenges students face as they think about and plan for their futures.

Youth Engagement Tool

Conducting user research is key to addressing the needs of a product, service or programs users. To ensure your digital tool addresses the needs of high school student we’ve provided some tips and tricks to conducting user research and engaging youth.

Judging Scorecard

Curious about how the top 10 ideas and winners will be chosen? Take a look at the judging scorecard that our panel of judges will use to evaluate and rank submissions.

Additional Resources

We’ve put together a reading list for those looking to do a deep-dive on the problem statement. Everything from career education to employment trends and how these impact vulnerable populations can be found below.

Data Sets

Below you will find numerous data sets that have been prepared and made available for this challenge. This data is grouped into several themes, each designed to correspond to a step in a student’s complete journey from high school to postsecondary and through to post-graduation employment.

Earnings and Wages

Tax Linked Graduate Earnings

  • File Name: Tax-Linked-Graduate-Earnings (click to download)
  • Description: Tax filer data, with multiple percentiles of the annual earnings of college and university graduates, in a selected field of study, from 14 institutions from four provinces from 2005 through 2013.
  • Available Measures: Grade, Years, Sex, Credential, Field, Measure, Value.
  • Original Source: Education Policy Research Initiative (EPRI)
  • Notes: See further details at: http://www.epri.ca/esdc-tax-linkage-project-interactive-results#div-data

University Graduate Salaries

  • File Name: University-Graduate-Salaries (click to download)
  • Description: University graduate salary ranges, broken down by 6 and 24 months after graduation, for both full-time and part-time, for numerous programs.
  • Available Measures: Program, Year, Schedule, Period, Salary-Range, Salary-N.
  • Original Source: Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD)

Wages by Skill Level

  • File Name: Wages-by-Skill-Level (click to download)
  • Description: Various wage rates, by NOC skill level or major occupational group.
  • Available Measures: Occupation, Wage Rate, Year, Value.
  • Original Source: Statistics Canada

Graduation

University Qualifications Awarded

  • File Name: University-Qualifications-Awarded (click to download)
  • Description: Qualifications and degrees offered and awarded, by program, by year, by certificate type and institution.
  • Available Measures: Year, University, Program, Qualification, Count
  • Original Source: Council University Data Ontario (CUDO)
  • Notes: See Table Notes

College Graduate Employment by Credential Type

  • File Name: College-Graduate-Employment-by-Credential (click to download)
  • Description: College graduate statistics, by year, by occupational division, by credential type.
  • Available Measures: Graduation Year, Division, Credential, Number of Grads, Response %, Labour Force Participation %, Employment %, Full Time %, Full Time Related %, Salary Full Time Related Mean
  • Original Source: Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD)

University Degree Completion

  • File Name: University-Degree-Completion (click to download)
  • Description: Percentage of students who graduated within seven years of entering a program of study, by university, by year.
  • Available Measures: University, Year, Program, Graduation Rate
  • Original Source: Council University Data Ontario (CUDO)
  • Notes: See Table Notes

College Graduation Rate

  • File Name: College-Graduation-Rate (click to download)
  • Description: Number of college entrants and graduates, by year, by college, by MTCU code
  • Available Measures: Year, College, MTCU Code, Entrants, Graduates
  • Original Source: Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD)

Student Experience

University Class Size Students

  • File Name: University-Class-Size-Students (click to download)
  • Description: Undergraduate class size by year level and class components: lecture vs. non-lecture (laboratory, discussion, etc.)
  • Available Measures: Academic Year, Division, University, Range, Student Year, Count, Percentage
  • Original Source: Council University Data Ontario (CUDO)
  • Notes: See Sections and Subsections Table Notes

University Instructional Faculty

  • File Name: University-Instructional-Faculty (click to download)
  • Description: Instructional faculty members by gender, PhDs and total count, by year, by university, by schedule.
  • Available Measures: Year, University, Metric, Schedule, Count
  • Original Source: Council University Data Ontario (CUDO)
  • Notes: See Table Notes

University Student Engagement

  • File Name: University-Student-Engagement (click to download)
  • Description: Results of two questions from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), conducted every three years, for all Ontario universities.
  • Available Measures: Academic Year, University, Question, Student Year, Score, Percentage
  • Original Source: Council University Data Ontario (CUDO)
  • Notes: See Question 1 and Question 2 Table Notes

Admissions

Secondary School Average, First Year

  • File Name: Secondary-School-Avg-First-Year (click to download)
  • Description: Percentages of full-time, first year students by high school graduating average range, program and institution, based on final grades for Grade 12 university destination courses.
  • Available Measures: Program, Year, University, Grades, Percent
  • Original Source: Council University Data Ontario (CUDO)
  • Notes: See Notes

High School Course Prerequisites

  • File Name: High-School-Prerequisites (click to download)
  • Description: Available high school courses in grades 9-12, including course codes and any prerequisites.
  • Available Measures: Grade, Course Name, Course Code, Prerequisite
  • Original Source: Ministry of Education
  • Notes: This data set does not have an associated dictionary, as definitions are present within the data itself.

College Course Prerequisites

  • File Name: College-Prerequisites (click to download)
  • Description: Basic requirements for admission to highly competitive first-year program offerings at Ontario colleges, which often have more people applying than spots available, as well as specific admission requirements.
  • Available Measures: College, Program Code, Prerequisite Group, Prerequisite Picks, Prerequisite Subject, Prerequisite Level, Prerequisite Type, Prerequisite Min Grade, Prerequisite Recommended
  • Original Source: Ontario College Application Service (OCAS)
  • Notes: Data last updated in 2015.
  • Instructions: See toolkit for additional usage details.

University Course Prerequisites

  • File Name: University-Prerequisites (click to download)
  • Description: Basic requirements for admission for first-year program offerings at Ontario universities.
  • Available Measures: University, Program, Max Enrolment, Program Type, Minimum Grade Average, Recommended, Prerequisite Group, Prerequisite Picks, Prerequisite Codes
  • Original Source: Electronic Info
  • Notes: Data last updated on September 19, 2017.
  • Instructions: See toolkit for additional usage details.

Labour Market

Labour Force by Education, Age, Sex & Employment

  • File Name: Labour-Force-by-Education-Age-Sex-Employment (click to download)
  • Description: Information on labour force estimates by education level, age group and sex for Canada and the provinces.
  • Available Measures: Year, Education, Metric, Age Group, Sex, Count
  • Original Source: Statistics Canada

Labour Force by Skill Level

  • File Name: Labour-Force-by-Skill-Level (click to download)
  • Description: Information on labour force estimates by age group, sex and educational level for Ontario.
  • Available Measures: Year, Occupation, Metric, Value
  • Original Source: Statistics Canada

Essential Skills

  • File Names: Essential-Skills and Compétences-Clés (click to download)
  • Description: This dataset provides information on the tasks and skills performed in different occupations. Each occupation is broken down by 15 skills that are rated on a 1 to 4 or 5 point scale based on complexity of the task. Specific tasks are listed for each skill.
  • Available Measures: Task Code, NOC, Skill, Skill Level, Education Training Level
  • Original Source: Ministry of Education
  • Notes: Important: Due to regional differences, the English and French data sets and their respective dictionaries are separate and do not contain interchangeable data. Accordingly, use caution if using both data sets.

Employment

University Program NOC

  • File Name: University-Program-NOC (click to download)
  • Description: Positions occupied by Ontario university graduates by NOC (National Occupational Classification).
  • Available Measures: Year, Program of Study, NOC, Employed, Self-Employed
  • Original Source: Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD)
  • Notes: All respondents graduated from an Ontario University in 2013. Graduates included in this report are employed both full-time and part-time, and may also be attending school while employed. Includes only Graduates who are Employed, Self-employed, or have been offered a job to start at a later date.

University Degree Job Relatedness

  • File Name: University-Degree-Job-Relatedness (click to download)
  • Description: Survey results of university students answering: how closely was your work related to the subject matter of the program of study you completed in 2012? And how closely was your work related to the skills you developed at university (such as critical thinking, analytical, communication, problem solving)?
  • Available Measures: Program, Year, Schedule, Period, Relatedness-Type, Relatedness-Level, Relatedness-N
  • Original Source: Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD)

University Employment Rates

  • File Name: University-Employment-Rates (click to download)
  • Description: University graduate employment rates at 6 and 24 months after graduation, broken down by full-time and part-time employment.
  • Available Measures: Program, Year, Schedule, Period, University, N-Surveys, N-Employed, %-Employed
  • Original Source: Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD)

NOC Education

  • File Name: NOC-Education (click to download)
  • Description: Employment in different occupations (NOC) by the predominant discipline or area of learning or training of a person's highest completed postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree classified according to the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Canada 2011.
  • Available Measures: Occupation, Credential, Age Group, Program (CIP), Count
  • Original Source: Statistics Canada

Automation Risk

  • File Name: Automation-Risk (click to download)
  • Description Attempts to demonstrate the probability of automation to certain occupations (NOC) by using a blended methodology.
  • Available Measures: NOC, Automation Probability
  • Original Source: Brookfield Institute

Apprenticeship

Ontario Apprenticeship Wage Vacancies

  • File Name: Ontario-Apprenticeship-Wages-Vacancies (click to download)
  • Description: Average hourly wage and number of vacancies for occupations in Ontario for 2015 and 2016.
  • Available Measures: NOC, Year, Average Hourly Wage, Vacancies
  • Original Source: Statistics Canada

Ontario Apprenticeship 2015-16 Registration Summaries

  • File Name: Ontario-Apprenticeship-2015-2016-Registrations (click to download)
  • Description: This dataset contains data on apprentices for each of the twenty-six Local Board (LB) areas in Ontario for the 2015/16 fiscal year, based on data provided to Local Boards and Local Employment Planning Councils (LEPC) in June 2016 (see below for details on Local Boards).
  • Available Measures: Service Delivery Site Code, Region, CAs Issued, Average Age, New Registrations, Active Apprenticeships
  • Original Source: Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD)
  • Notes: Both data sets in this group share a common dictionary.

Apprenticeship Labour Force Statistics

  • File Name: Apprenticeship-Labour-Force-Statistics (click to download)
  • Description: Information on labour force statistics in apprenticeable occupations by age group and sex for Canada and the provinces.
  • Available Measures: Year, Age Group, Occupation, Employment, Sex, Count
  • Original Source: Statistics Canada

Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act Chart

  • File Name: OCTAA-Chart (click to download)
  • Description: The Ontario College of Trades (OCoT) dataset covers all skilled trades in Ontario, and contains publically-available data on the training standards for each trade, as established by OCoT. The information in this dataset is current as of June 2016.
  • Available Measures: Year, University, Type, Count
  • Original Source: Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD)

Apprenticeship Aggregated

  • File Name: Apprenticeship-Aggregated (click to download)
  • Description: Aggregated data on apprentices in Ontario, as derived from the data reports the province sent to Statistics Canada for inclusion in the national survey for the years 2011 through 2015. Data is presented by the report year, the trade, registration status, and gender.
  • Available Measures: Year, Status, Trade Code, Trade Type, Gender, Age Mean, Age Standard Deviation, Number Ongoing, Number Discontinued, Number Discontinued, Number NA, Duration Mean, Registration Date Mean
  • Original Source: Statistics Canada

Earnings by Apprenticeable Occupation

  • File Name: Earnings-by-Apprenticeable-Occupation (click to download)
  • Description: Information on average and median hourly and weekly earnings in apprenticeable occupations by age group and sex for Canada and the provinces.
  • Available Measures: Year, Metric, Age Group, Occupation, Value
  • Original Source: Statistics Canada

Program Participants, Apprenticeship Sponsors & Approved Training Delivery Agents

  • File Name: Ontario-Apprentice-Participants-Sponsors-TDAs (click to download)
  • Description: Demographic data for those enrolled in Ontario apprenticeship programs. The data covers 158 trades.
  • Available Measures: Trade Code, Sector, Red Seal?, Participants Total, Participants Female, Participants Male, Participants Aged Under 20, Participants Aged 20-29, Participants Aged 30-44, Participants Aged 45-54, Participants Aged Over 55, Sponsors, TDAs Public, TDAs Private
  • Original Source: Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD)

Application & Enrolment

Applications by University Program

  • File Name: Applications-by-University-Program (click to download)
  • Description: Ontario university applications by program of study and choice.
  • Available Measures: Program, Year, Confirmed, Choice and Count
  • Original Source: Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC)
  • Notes: University Confirmation and Application statistics are representative of the September actuals in each academic year.

Applications by University Institution

  • File Name: Applications-by-University-Institution (click to download)
  • Description: Ontario university applications by university and choice.
  • Available Measures: School, Year, Confirmed, Choice, Count
  • Original Source: Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC)
  • Notes: University Confirmation and Application statistics are representative of the September actuals in each academic year.

Applicants by Program Groups

  • File Name: Applicants-by-University-Program-Groups (click to download)
  • Description: Number of full time, first year applicants and registrant to Ontario universities by program preference and confirmation.
  • Available Measures: Year, University, Subject, Metric, OSSD, Count
  • Original Source: Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC)

Transfers by University

  • File Name: Transfers-by-University (click to download)
  • Description: Number of students who applied and enrolled as degree-seeking transfer students.
  • Available Measures: Year, University, Type, Count
  • Original Source: Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC), with additional data from some universities
  • Notes: See Table Notes

University Program Enrolment

  • File Name: University-Program-Enrolment (click to download)
  • Description: Number of degree seeking students enrolled in the fall of each year, by gender, including domestic and international students.
  • Available Measures: Sex, Program, Year, University, Diploma, Schedule, Headcount
  • Original Source: Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC)
  • Notes: See Table Notes for Male Enrolment, Female Enrolment, and Total Enrolment.

College Enrolment

  • File Name: College-Enrolment (click to download)
  • Description: Enrolment and statistical data for colleges in the province that receive regular operating funding from MAESD. Measures include enrolment by campus, credential, level of study, and demographic information.
  • Available Measures: School, Year, Metric, Value, Headcount
  • Original Source: Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD)
  • Notes: To protect privacy, numbers are suppressed (NA) in categories with less than 10 students.

University Enrolment

  • File Name: University-Enrolment (click to download)
  • Description: Enrolment and statistical data for universities in the province that receive regular operating funding from the MAESD. Measures include enrolment by campus, credential, level of study, and demographic information.
  • Available Measures: School, Year, Level, Metric, Value, Headcount
  • Original Source: Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD)

Retention by University

  • File Name: Retention-by-University (click to download)
  • Description: The percentage of first-time, full-time, first year students in a given fall term who returned to the institution in the next fall term.
  • Available Measures: Year, University, Retention
  • Original Source: Council Ontario Data University (CUDO)
  • Notes: See Table Notes