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Cost Guide to Canadian Universities for Undergraduate Students (2021-2022)

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Annual fees depend on many factors:

  • Tuition fees: money that a student pays to a university for their teaching
  • Living costs (housing and food)*: If a student decides to live out of the home to be closer to school, many universities offer on-campus housing and meal plans.
  • Books and supplies: Includes textbook fees, tech fees, school materials, etc.
  • Compulsory/incidental/ancillary fees: In addition to tuition fees, schools impose mandatory fees that range from administrative fees to recreation and athletic fees. They depend on whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student and your school program.
  • Health and dental insurance: Most schools offer dental and health plans for all students. It is not mandatory unless you are an international student

*If applicable

This guide will give you a general idea of the top Canadian universities’ fees. Keep in mind that the costs generally change every year, although by a small amount. According to Statistics Canada, students in undergraduate programs paid, on average, $6,580 in Canada for the 2020-2021 academic year. This was a 1.7% increase from the previous year. Additionally, the government of Québec announced that the basic tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year will be $90.84 per credit, a 3.9% increase relative to 2020-2021. That being said, there is a strong chance that the numbers in this article will not be the same the following year.

The information below is directly pulled from the respective schools’ official websites. Fees vary from one program to another, therefore this guide will give an estimate of the annual fees based on 30 credits taken during the fall and winter term. All fees are in CDN dollars.

Fees showcased in this article are all mandatory by the schools unless specified otherwise.

Universities in Montreal


English Schools

McGill University

Québec residents:

  • Tuition: $2,725
  • Compulsory fees: $1,846 - $3,843
  • Books and supplies: ~$1,000

Canadian citizens:

International students:

Living Costs

  • On-campus living costs (housing and food): $14,605 - $24,554
  • Off-campus living costs (housing and food):  $8,600 - $20,100

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Concordia University

Québec residents:

  • Tuition: $2,622.90
  • Compulsory fees: $1,491.84
  • Books and supplies: $2,234
  • Optional Costs
    Health insurance: $69.00 (Fall semester) $137.00 (winter semester)
    Telemedicine: $19.52 (Fall semester) $39.04 (Winter semester)

Canadian citizens:

  • Tuition: $8186.40
  • Compulsory fees: $1338.24
  • Books and supplies: $2,234
  • Optional Costs:
    Health insurance: $69.00 (Fall semester) $137.00 (winter semester)
    Telemedicine: $19.52 (Fall semester) $39.04 (Winter semester)

International students:

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French Schools

ÉTS (École de Technologie Supérieure)

*Fees are for undergraduate students going into the CUT program (Cheminement Universitaire en Technologie)

Québec residents:

  • Tuition: $3,327
  • Books and supplies: $150 to $300 per semester
  • Mandatory calculator: 200$
  • Compulsory fees (mandatory instructional fees): ~$616.76

Canadian citizens:

  • Tuition: $8,802
  • Books and supplies: $150 to $300 per semester
  • Mandatory calculator: 200$
  • Compulsory fees (mandatory instructional fees): ~$616.76  

French and Belgian students:

  • Tuition: $8802
  • Books and supplies: $150 to $300 per semester
  • Mandatory calculator: 200$
  • Compulsory fees (mandatory instructional fees): ~$616.76
  • Mandatory health insurance: $900

International students:

  • Tuition: $23,339
  • Books and supplies: $150 to $300 per semester
  • Mandatory calculator: 200$
  • Compulsory fees (mandatory instructional fees): ~$616.76
  • Mandatory health insurance: $900
  • On-campus living costs (housing only): $5,268 - $13,356 per year

UQAM (Université du Québec à Montréal)

Québec residents:

  • Tuition: $3,450
  • Compulsory fees: ~ $700.94

Canadian citizens:

  • Tuition: $9,200
  • Compulsory fees: ~ $700.94

French and Belgian students:

International students:

More information:

Université de Montréal

Québec residents:

Canadian citizens:

French and Belgian students:

  • Tuition: $8,505.60
  • Compulsory fees: ~$1,077.40
  • Mandatory health and dental insurance (fees not indicated)

International students admitted before the 2021 fall semester:

  • Tuition: $18,661.80 - $24,608.10
  • Compulsory fees: ~$1,077.40
  • Mandatory health and dental insurance (fees not indicated)

International students admitted during the 2021 fall semester or after:

  • Tuition: $24,608.10
  • Compulsory fees: ~$1,077.40
  • Mandatory health and dental insurance (fees not indicated)

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HEC Montréal (École de gestion)

Québec residents:

  • Tuition: $2,622.90
  • Institutional fees: $1,629.82

Canadian citizens:

  • Tuition: $8,186.40
  • Institutional fees: $1,629.82

French and Belgian students:

  • Tuition: $8,186.40
  • Institutional fees: $1,629.82
  • Mandatory health and dental insurance (fees not indicated)

International students:

  • Tuition: $27,000.00
  • Institutional fees: $1,629.82
  • Mandatory health and dental insurance (fees not indicated)

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Polytechnique Montréal

Québec resident:

  • Tuition: $2,622.90
  • Compulsory fees: $1,058.62

Canadian citizens:

  • Tuition: $8,186.40
  • Compulsory fees: $1,058.62

French and Belgian students:

  • Tuition: $8,186.40
  • Compulsory fees: $1,058.62
  • Mandatory health and dental insurance: $900.00

International students:

  • Tuition: $23,232.90
  • Compulsory fees: $1,058.62
  • Mandatory health and dental insurance: $900.00

More information:

Schools Outside of Montreal


Université de Sherbrooke

Québec residents:

  • Tuition: $2,622.90
  • Book and supplies: ~$800
  • Compulsory fees: $807.10

Canadian citizens:

  • Tuition: $8186.40
  • Book and supplies: ~$800
  • Compulsory fees: $807.10

French and Belgian students:

  • Tuition: $8186.40
  • Book and supplies: ~$800
  • Compulsory fees: $807.10
  • Mandatory health and dental insurance: $900

International students admitted before the 2021 fall semester:

  • Tuition: $9,375 - $10,425
  • Book and supplies: ~$800
  • Compulsory fees: $807.10
  • Mandatory health and dental insurance: $900

International students admitted during the 2021 fall semester and after:

  • Tuition: $17,550 - $24,000
  • Book and supplies: ~$800
  • Compulsory fees: $393
  • Mandatory health and dental insurance: $900



Living costs (housing and food): ~$10,240

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Université de Laval

Québec residents:

  • Tuition: $2,725.20
  • Compulsory fees: $1,006.66

Canadian citizens:

  • Tuition: $8505.60
  • Compulsory fees: $1,006.66

French and Belgian students:

  • Tuition: $8505.60
  • Compulsory fees: $1,006.66
  • Mandatory health and dental insurance (AELIÉS): $441.04

International students:

  • Tuition: $22,387.80
  • Compulsory fees: $1,006.66
  • Mandatory health and dental insurance (AELIÉS): $441.04

Living costs (housing and food): ~$8,500

More information:


Schools Outside of Québec


University of Ottawa


Canadian citizens/ permanent residents:

  • Tuition: ~$6,376.16
  • Student services: $325.26
  • Mandatory U-Pass (unless qualified to opt-out): $436.06
  • Mandatory health and dental insurance (unless covered by personal insurance): $167.20
  • UOttawa student union: $218.16
  • Student association (UOSU): ~$100
  • Incidental, administrative and faculty-student association fees are variable

International students:

  • Tuition: ~ $35,000 (~ $3100 if benefiting from the differentiel tuition scholarship)
  • University health plan: $480
  • Student services: $325.26
  • Mandatory U-Pass (unless qualified to opt-out): $436.06
  • Mandatory health and dental insurance (UHIP): $420
  • UOttawa student union: $218.16
  • Student association (UOSU): ~$100
  • Incidental, administrative and faculty-student association fees are variable

More information:

University of Toronto

Canadian citizens/ permanent residents:

  • Tuition: ~$6,100
  • Mandatory, incidental, ancillary and system access fees: ~$1,500


International students:

  • Tuition: ~ $50,000
  • Mandatory, incidental, ancillary and system access fees: ~$1,500
  • Mandatory health and dental insurance (UHIP): $720

Living costs (housing and food): $11,000 - $16,000

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University of Waterloo

Canadian citizens/ permanent residents:

  • Approximate tuition and incidental fees: $7,700 - $17,100
  • Books and Supplies: ~$2,290
  • If co-op student: additional $734 per term

International students:

  • Approximate tuition and incidental fees: $41,100 - $61,300
  • Books and Supplies: ~$2,290
  • If co-op student: additional $734 per term

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University of Alberta

Canadian citizens/ permanent residents:

  • Tuition fees: $5,690
  • Non-instructional fees: $1,750
  • Books and Supplies $1,750

International students :

  • Tuition: $8,000 - $50,000
  • Non-instructional fees: $1,750
  • Books and Supplies $1,750
  • Mandatory health and dental insurance: $355

Residence and meal plan: $21,590

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University of British Columbia

Canadian citizens/ permanent residents:

  • Tuition: $5,616.90 - $8,986.50
  • Student fees: ~ $1,300
  • Books and supplies: $900

International students:

  • Tuition: $38,959.24 - $53,254.50
  • Student fees: ~ $1,300
  • Books and supplies: $900
  • Mandatory health and dental insurance: $600

On-campus living costs (housing and food): ~$15,000

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