The Best Engineering Universities In Canada

There are a wide variety of engineering programs available at top Canadian universities.

Thirty-five educational institutions across Canada offer accredited undergraduate engineering programs leading to a bachelor’s degree in engineering (see reference 1). Among these institutions, 220 programs are offered in a wide range of engineering disciplines (see reference 1). The Canadian Council of Professional Engineers is responsible for accrediting these programs and ensuring they meet national and international standards. Beyond that, quality rankings of Canadian engineering programs are hard to come by. The 2009 U.S. News and World Report’s Best Universities’ rankings includes a section on the top engineering and information technology programs in the world, and this can be used to target further exploration of Canadian engineering degree options.

The University of Toronto

The University of Toronto is home to Canada’s largest engineering school. Undergraduate programs leading to a bachelor of applied science degree include bioengineering, chemical engineering, civil, electrical and computer engineering, environmental engineering, and industrial, materials, mechanical, mineral and sustainable energy engineering. A ‘bachelor of applied science in engineering science’ is offered in aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, computer and electrical engineering, energy systems, infrastructure, and nano engineering. First-year students have the option of entering one of three program streams: track one, core eight or engineering science. These streams vary in flexibility and in the range of engineering classes they offer. The University of Toronto was ranked No. 8 in the world by the U.S. News and World Report’s 2009 world rankings, the top ranking for a Canadian university.

University of Toronto

35 St. George Street.

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Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1A4



The University of Waterloo

Located in Waterloo, Ontario, the University of Waterloo is well known for the quality of its engineering programs. At Waterloo, undergraduates can develop a specialization in chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, geological, management, mechanical, mechanotronics, nanotechnology, planning, software and systems design engineering. The university’s self-proclaimed strengths are computer science and computer engineering, chemical engineering and architectural studies. Most engineering programs at Waterloo include required courses in calculus and vectors, advanced functions, English and physics; a final grade of at least 70% in each class is normally required. The University of Waterloo’s engineering department ranks 27th in the world according to the U.S. News and World Report‘s 2009 rankings.

University of Waterloo

200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1

+1 519 888 4567


McGill University

McGill University is located in Montreal, Quebec. Its faculty of engineering is segregated into five departments and two professional schools that offer 10 engineering specializations, including chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, co-op mining engineering, co-op materials engineering, software engineering, architecture and urban planning. Co-op, internships and exchange programs are available to students at different stages of their program. Upon program completion, undergraduates are offered a bachelor of engineering degree or a bachelor of science (architecture) degree. McGill’s engineering department was ranked 20th in the world and third-best in Canada by U.S. News and World Report’s 2009 rankings.

McGill University

845 Sherbrooke St. W.

Montreal, Quebec,

Canada H3A 2T5


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The University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia offers a bachelor of applied science degree with the following engineering specializations: chemical engineering, biological engineering, civil, computer, electrical, and physics engineering, environmental engineering, geological engineering, integrated engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering and mining. When undergraduates first enter the program, they complete a “foundation year” that covers basic principles in math, physics and chemistry, and exposes students to a wide variety of engineering topics. Degrees typically take four years to complete unless students exercise an option to do a co-op year after their third year of study. The university’s engineering program ranked 17th in the world in 2009 according to U.S. News and World Report.

University of British Columbia

The Fred Kaiser Building

Room 5000

2332 Main Mall

Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4