On health care, despite a high level of spending, Canadians have comparatively poor access to technology and doctors, and long wait times for surgery.
Independent schools and charter schools leverage public dollars towards cost-effective alternative approaches to education.
With more prudent education spending, Ontario could have reduced its provincial deficit by two-thirds.
Over the past decade, government spending on public education in Ontario has grown at an unsustainable rate, driven largely by significant growth in employee compensation costs.
When comparing overall operating expenditures, on-reserve students receive the same amount (on average) as other Canadian students, and in some cases, more.
In some quarters, it is taken as a given that Alberta’s schools are underfunded. Critics cite rising class sizes and slipping international test scores (in some areas) as evidence that more money is needed.
As a new school year begins, labour strife is once again affecting Ontario’s public schools. Elementary school teachers are engaged in a “work to rule” campaign and the possibility of a strike looms.