With teacher contracts ratified in Ontario, attention can be turned from what teachers want to what parents want. And it’s increasingly clear that parents want choice.
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.
All across Canada, more and more parents are choosing to enroll their children in independent schools. This trend is particularly pronounced in British Columbia, which currently has the second highest independent school enrolment rate in Canada.
In Ontario, more and more parents are choosing to enroll their children in independent schools.
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.
As parents settle back into school year routines, it’s inevitable that questions regarding education spending and the performance of our schools will return to the forefront. This is particularly true in provinces like Ontario and Alberta that are struggling with precarious public finances.
Media reports often imply that spending on public elementary and secondary schools in Canada is dropping. But is this actually the case?