Canada’s Top 10 Universities in 2022

It can take several hours of research to figure out which university is the greatest fit for your study abroad experience. Fortunately, Times Higher Education (THE) performs the legwork and releases its World University Rankings each year to make this selection easier. Today, we’ll look at Canada’s top ten universities.

Universities are ranked in five categories by THE:

  • Teaching (overall learning environment)
  • Research (income, reputation, and volume)
  • Citations (level of influence the research has)
  • International Outlook (percentages of international students and staff)
  • Industry Income (knowledge transfer to industry)

Keep reading to find out what academic institution could be the perfect fit for you!


10. University of Waterloo

Global Rank: 201–250

The University of Waterloo is ranked #10 on Canada’s finest universities list for 2022. The main campus is in Waterloo, Ontario, a Canadian powerhouse for technology and innovation, and it receives an outstanding 87.1 out of 100 for worldwide view. The University of Waterloo has a diverse student body, with overseas students accounting for approximately a quarter of the university’s 33,613 students.

Fun Fact: Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary is a University of Waterloo alumni.


9. Simon Fraser University

Global Rank: 201–250

Simon Fraser University is located in Burnaby, British Columbia and is one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. It boasts a nearly perfect score of 92.1 for international outlook, and a solid score of 81.5 for citations. The university has a ratio of 55 to 45 female to male students, and 31% of its 27,105 student body is made up of international students.


8. University of Calgary

Global Rank: 201–250

Founded in 1966, the University of Calgary is located in the Albertan city of Calgary. Around a fifth of its 33,099 students (21%) are international and come from over 125 countries. It scored well for international outlook at 80.4, and 65.6 for industry outcome, making it a great choice for international students. The University of Calgary also has a ratio of 18.2 students for every staff member.


7. University of Ottawa

Global Rank: 162 (tie)

Students at the University of Ottawa have the option of studying in English, French, or both. The university’s outstanding score of 81.1 for international outlook reflects its commitment on cultural justice, inclusiveness, and diversity. It also has 35,791 full-time students and a high citation score of 83.3. This means that international students studying in the United States can expect average to bigger class sizes.

Fun Fact: The University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual (English-French) university in the world.


6. University of Alberta

Global Rank: 125

The University of Alberta is a public research university that is based in Edmonton, the province’s capital. It has a good international viewpoint score of 88.9, and a reasonable citations score of 71.9. There is one staff member for every 21.9 students at the University of Alberta, with a female to male student ratio of 55 to 45.


5. University of Montreal

Global Rank: 88 (tie)

The University of Montreal is one of Canada’s three leading university research hubs, located in the heart of bustling Montreal. It receives good marks for international view (85.7) and citations (81.7). International students make up 23% of the university’s student body, with a female-to-male ratio of 59 to 41.


4. McMaster University

Global Rank: 80 (tie)

McMaster University is one of just four Canadian universities to routinely rank among the top 100 universities in the world. Its practically perfect scores of 98.3 for industry income and 93.1 for citations can be attributable to this. International students that opt to study at McMaster benefit from smaller class sizes, as there are 26,112 full-time students.


3. McGill University

Global Rank: 44

McGill University is ranked number three on this year’s ranking. The university is the oldest in Montreal and one of only three in Quebec that offers English-taught courses. McGill has an exceptional student-to-staff ratio of 12.6 students per staff member. International students account for over a third of the university’s 31,581 pupils.


2. University of British Columbia

Global Rank: 37

The University of British Columbia, situated between the mountains and the ocean on Canada’s picturesque West Coast, should be on any nature lover’s radar. It has a strong global outlook score of 94.9, as well as a citation score of 89.4. The University of British Columbia has one staff person for every 18.9 students, with a female-to-male student ratio of 55 to 45.


1. University of Toronto

Global Rank: 18 (tie)

Number one in 2022 is the University of Toronto. The university is located in the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada. This makes it a great option for international students looking for a major city study abroad experience. For worldwide outlook, citations, and research, the University of Toronto received practically perfect marks. Students can benefit from being a part of a varied school, since international students make up 25% of the over 76,000 students on campus.

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