Canadian education trivia quiz!

By Rob Taylor

Test your knowledge of education and win nothing except that great feeling that you get when you get an answer right all on your own! The answers are at the end of this article so that you may confirm your genius after you've completed the quiz.


  1. Where was the first school in Canada and who founded it?

    1. York (Toronto, Ontario) by Egerton Ryerson
    2. St. John's, Newfoundland, by Judge Daniel Prowse
    3. Ville-Marie (Montréal, Québec) by Marguerite Bourgeoys
    4. Québec City, Québec, by Jascques Cartier


  2. In Canada, what is the difference between a college and a career college?

    1. A college provides a theoretical education while a career college provides a practical education
    2. A college is publicly funded while a career college is privately funded
    3. A college issues diplomas and a career college issues certificates
    4. There is no difference


  3. Which of the following is not a program you can take at one of the schools listed on

    1. Fish Watching
    2. Planermill Maintenance
    3. Adventure Based Counselling
    4. Truck-Trailer Repair


  4. Approximately how many secondary schools are there in Canada?

    1. 1,000
    2. 10,500
    3. 4,000
    4. 3,500


  5. The Ontario Double Cohort refers to:

    1. The promise by the Ontario government to double the number of post-secondary institutions in Ontario by 2010
    2. The double secondary school graduating class created by the elimination of the OACs (Grade 13) in Ontario
    3. The doubling in size of the Ontario Ministry of Education
    4. Nothing because we made it all up


  6. What institutions in Canada offer bachelor programs?

    1. Universities
    2. Colleges
    3. University Colleges
    4. All of the above


  7. When someone says they are taking a co-op program, what are they doing?

    1. Learning how to run a co-operative store
    2. Learning how to co-operate with their fellow students
    3. Actually, it's "coop" as in learning how to fix chicken coops
    4. Taking a program designed to have academic terms broken up with paid placements at positions related to an academic program


  8. Compared to the United States, Canadians spend:

    1. More of our Gross Domestic Product on education
    2. Less of our Gross Domestic Product on education
    3. The same amount of our Gross Domestic Product on education


  9. How many dental schools are there in Canada?

    1. 3
    2. 14
    3. 5
    4. 10


  10. If you wanted to follow in the footsteps of Sir John A. MacDonald and become a member of the his pre-political profession, you would have to go to:

    1. Law School
    2. Medical School
    3. Teacher's College
    4. Dental School

Answers - No peeking!


  1. Answer - Marguerite Bourgeoys was the first school teacher in the colony of Montréal. In 1658, she opened the first school in Canada.

  3. Answer - In Canada, a college is a publicly funded post-secondary institution (the government provides money to the school) while a career college is privately funded (the students support the school through their tuition fees).

  5. Answer - Sadly, we do not list a program in Fish Watching. All those other programs are offered by schools listed on Search for them on our School Info page.

  7. Answer - There are approximately 3,500 secondary schools in Canada.

  9. Answer - The Ontario Double Cohort was the double secondary school graduating class created by the elimination of the OACs (Grade 13) in Ontario. The students of the Double Cohort class are just finishing up their first year of post-secondary studies.

  11. Answer - Universities, colleges and university colleges are all offering bachelor degrees (though not every college offers bachelor degrees).

  13. Answer - A co-op program is a program with a work term integrated into the curriculum. You can do a search for co-op programs on our School Info page.

  15. Answer - Canadians spend more of our Gross Domestic Product on education than our neighbours to the south do.

  17. Answer - There are 10 dental schools in Canada. We list them all on

  19. Answer - Canada's first prime minister, John A. MacDonald, was a lawyer and would have gone to law school. You can find law schools on
Modified on April 23, 2009