TORONTO—Ministry of Education funding for Ontario’s 72 school boards fell by an average of $800 per student from 2017-18 to 2021-22, new analysis from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) shows. “In today’s dollars, school boards received an average of $13,500 per student in 2017-18,” says Ricardo Tranjan, political economist and senior researcher with the CCPA Ontario office. “In 2021-22, they received $12,700 per student. That’s a significant drop of nearly six per cent.”
Previously published in the Winnipeg Free Press April 13, 2022
For decades, education in Manitoba has been funded by a mix of general provincial revenues and property taxes set by local school boards. In April 2020, Manitoba’s government introduced Bill 71, which was intended to initiate the elimination of education property taxes as had been promised during the 2019 election. However, this Bill is regressive in nature and fails to achieve its intended purpose of lowering taxes to Manitobans in need.
In April 2021, Scott Fielding, Minister of Finance for the Manitoba government, introduced Bill 71. This bill was entitled The Education Property Tax Reduction Act (Property Tax and Insulation Assistance Act and Income Tax Act Amended) and was intended to initiate the elimination of the education portion of property taxes, which had been a campaign promise from fall 2019. Most of the government’s legislative agenda for the third session of the forty-second legislature was introduced in the fall of 2020, but the government did not introduce Bill 71 until April 19, 2021.
Historically in Canada, education was seen as a private good. Parents paid most of the fees and school for most kids ended by about grade 6, if not earlier. This worked because most jobs did not require much education. A tiny proportion of mostly wealthy offspring went to the few private schools and universities to become professional people, doctors, lawyers, clergy.
Two years of the pandemic have disrupted the learning and development of Ontario's elementary and secondary school students. In particular, households with lower incomes and fewer resources have been hit hard. Bouncing back will require strong government resolve, new policies and the funding to back it up.
TORONTO—The Ontario government must boost annual education funding by $4.3 billion a year to help elementary and secondary school students recover from two years of pandemic disruptions to their learning and development, a new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) says.
Previously published in the Winnipeg Free Press January 26, 2022 Adult education in Manitoba is a largely buried treasure. Outstanding work is done throughout the province, but the full potential is not being realized. A re-imagined and revitalized adult education strategy would produce many important benefits, including strengthened families, enhanced employability, and an important step toward reconciliation.
New report finds Adult Education struggling to meet demand.
The government of Newfoundland and Labrador is planning to implement tuition fee increases and funding cuts to Memorial University as part of its strategy to reduce the province’s deficit. This report analyzes the economic impact of that public policy decision on students, prospective students, and on the quality of university education.