With 90,029 confirmed registrations, Ontario has reached a new record for the number of incoming undergraduates according to the Ontario Universities' Application Centre. Enrollment in Ontario has been increasing every year since 2004 and the Council on Ontario Universities has suggested that an increase in workforce demand has been driving the increasing enrollment. (2003 was a unique year in Ontario as the province switched to a 12 year from a 13 year high school schedule.)
In Ottawa job-focused programs, such as science and engineering and business programs in particular, are seeing increasing enrollment. Carleton University has seen an enrolment jump for the bachelor of computer science, bachelor of information technology, engineering and sciences programs. Carleton has introduced new programs including a bachelor of engineering in architectural conservation and sustainability, new commerce concentrations in supply chain management and entrepreneurship and a bachelor of computer science mobile computing stream. At the University of Ottawa life sciences, engineering and health sciences are the most popular in terms of the number of applications and the number accepted.