Sazid Hasan is an economist at the Fraser Institute. He received his MA in economics from Simon Fraser University. He also holds an MSS and BSS (honours), both in economics, from the University of Dhaka.
Where Our Students are Educated: Measuring Student Enrolment in Canada, 2017 finds that, as a share of all K-12 students, enrolment increased at independent schools in all provinces and decreased for public schools everywhere from 2000/01 to 2014/15. Across Canada, the share of students enrolled in independent schools in 2014/15 ranged from 12.9 per cent in B.C. to 0.8 per cent in New Brunswick.
The Cost of Government Debt in Canada, 2017 finds that paying the interest on all government debt in Canada cost taxpayers $62.8 billion last year, which translates into $1,752 for every Canadian or slightly more than $7,000 for a family of four. In fact, interest payments on just the federal debt—$24.9 billion—is roughly the same as the federal government’s projected deficit this year—$25.1 billion.
Independent Schools in British Columbia: Myths and Realities finds that calls to eliminate funding for independent schools are based on misperceptions. In fact, more than 90 per cent of independent schools in B.C. are not elite preparatory institutions, and students in independent schools receive, on average, less than half the government funding per-pupil than students in public schools. Instead of taking away resources from public schools, cutting the partial funding independent schools receive could actually increase the financial strain on public schools and increase costs for B.C. taxpayers.