Women in Canada earn less than men almost immediately after graduation — and then the gap gets worse.

That’s according to a report released Tuesday by the University of Ottawa’s Education Policy Research Initiative and the Labour Market Information Council. The report looked at annual earnings of men and women, rather than wages, meaning hours worked were not taken into account. The research tracked students of Canadian post-secondary schools, graduating from 11 different fields of study and from five different credential levels: college-level certificate, college-level diploma, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctoral degree.

On average, the report found women earn 12 percentage points — or $5,700 — less than men one year after graduation. That difference widens to $17,000, or about 25 per cent, in the five years following graduation.

“It’s really widespread,” said Steven Tobin, executive director of the Labour Market Information Council. “Looking at five years after graduation, women earn less than men in every credential, in every field of study.”

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