More choice for parents encourages innovation in both government-run and independent schools.
In terms of independent school funding, Ontario is out of step with many provinces and European countries.
Imposing a monolithic conformity on all children through a monopoly school system is not a sensible way to serve a diverse population.
Only three provinces—B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan—offer government funding for homeschooling.
The four western provinces and Quebec provide tuition support to parents who choose independent schools.
British Columbia had the lowest proportion of students enrolled in public schools at 86.6 per cent.
Independent schools are more willing to try new ways of teaching, organizing and operating.
All major European countries fund non-government schools.
Alberta is currently the only province to offer charter schools.
Approximately 368,000 students attend nearly 2,000 independent schools across Canada.