March 26, 2015 – Ministry of Education – Ontario is continuing to invest in students and schools across the province by providing $22.5 billion in education funding through the 2015-16 Grants for Student Needs.
The grants, provided to the province’s 72 school boards each year, will remain stable to ensure strong, consistent investments in Ontario’s publicly funded education system. Since 2003, this funding has supported increased student achievement and a higher graduation rate.
Through the Grants for Student Needs, Ontario is encouraging school boards to shift their focus from maintaining underused facilities to improving student programing and updating schools. The government has released new guidelines, to help school boards review their schools, while working with municipalities and community organizations that could benefit from otherwise underused public space.
Ontario is also investing $500 million to improve the condition of our schools to ensure Ontario’s students benefit from improved, modern learning environments.
Improving quality in the publicly funded education system with stable, modernized funding and a focus on student achievement is part of the government’s plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
- Since 2003, the Grants for Student Needs have increased by $8.1 billion – or 56 per cent despite declining school enrollment.
- The government recently approved a $150-million investment to support 31 school consolidation projects. This is part of the government’s four-year, $750 million commitment to help school boards reduce underused space.
- The government is working on a community hubs framework to unlock the value of public space by promoting shared public use with partners.
- Since 2003, Ontario has invested $12.9 billion in school infrastructure, including nearly 725 new schools and more than 700 additions and renovations.