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Publication

Emes, J. & Neven Van Pelt, D. A. (2015). Education Spending in Canada: What's Actually Happening?. Vancouver, Colombie-Britannique : Fraser Institute.

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Résumé

Media reports on education spending in Canada often refer to spending cuts, gaps and caps, budget shortfalls, and expenditure decreases. An informal observer may well conclude that spending on government elementary and secondary schools across the provinces is falling, and that it has been doing so for quite some time. But is this actually the case?

Using comprehensive Statistics Canada data, this paper analyzes changes in spending on government schools from 2001/02 to 2011/12—examining variations in provincial spending on public elementary and secondary schools for over a decade. The results do not support a narrative of decline in education spending in Canada.

To begin with, total nominal spending in government schools in Canada grew by 53.1 percent, increasing from $38.9 billion in 2001/02 to $59.6 billion in 2011/12. In that time, enrolments declined—from 5.4 million in 2001/02 to 5.0 million in 2011/12, a national decline of 33,000 students per year on average. However, the per-pupil spending in government schools in Canada increased from $7,250 to $11,835, or by 63.2 percent. In a comparison of actual spending to what education spending would have been had the level of per-pupil funding in 2001/02, adjusted for inflation, remained constant over the decade, the real increase in spending was over $14.8 billion—38.1 percent higher.

Thus, the best available measures for gauging spending on education in government schools in Canada reveals large-scale increases in spending between 2001/02 and 2011/12.

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http://www.fraserinstitute.org/research-news/display.aspx?id=22222
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Université de Montréal
Faculté des Sciences de l'Éducation
CRIFPE
90, avenue Vincent d'Indy
Pavillon Marie-Victorin – C-536
Outremont (Québec) H2V 2S9

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Université de Montréal
Faculté des Sciences de l'Éducation
CRIFPE – C-543
C.P. 6128, succursale Centre-ville
Montréal (Québec) H3C 3J7