Are Post-Secondary Graduates Staying in NB?

Author: NB-IRDT Staff

 Posted on 09 Mar 2021


College and university graduates are among the most mobile Canadians, and when they relocate, they take their human capital (and potential earnings) with them. New Brunswick invests substantially in educating post-secondary students, but when qualified graduates leave the province, much of that investment is lost. 


Understanding what kinds of graduates are leaving or staying can help inform targeted policies that encourage graduates to stay and contribute to the local economy, and estimating graduate retention rates can help determine if NB is seeing a high or low return on its investments. 


This leads us to ask: How many graduates are leaving, and how many are staying? And which types of graduates are most likely to stay and revitalize the NB economy? How can targeted policies encourage future graduates to stay in NB?