In 2012, a total of 16,222 female undergraduates were studying engineering in accredited programs across Canada. This represents 68% percent growth in the absolute number of female undergraduate enrollments compared to 2007, and marks a eighth consecutive year of growth in the number of young women enrolled across the country. At the same time, the number of male students has increased and the proportion of engineering undergraduates who are female has remained at 19-20% for the last five years.
Historically between 2001-2007 there was a decline and flattening in enrollment of women in Canada. Prior to this the proportion of female engineering students increased for a full 10 years, peaking at 20.7% in 2001, and then began to decline. The graph below shows the steady growth of full-time females enrolled in accredited engineering programs throughout Canada from 1975-2000, followed by decline and more recent increases. While progress has certainly been made, females remain underrepresented in these programs. The chart below the graph provides the percentage values illustrated in the graph.
Data shown in these graphs are taken from the National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science (NCDEAS) and Engineering (NCDEAS) annual resources survey as well as the enrolment reports prepared by Engineers Canada.