In 2017/18 fiscal year, Education’s total consolidated budget is $9.6 billion. This includes $8.2 billion in consolidated operating expenses and $1.4 billion in consolidated capital commitments.
Total operating support to public, separate, Francophone and charter school jurisdictions reaches $8.8 billion (non-consolidated) in the 2017-18 fiscal year. Of the total operating budget, 98 per cent flows to school authorities who deliver education services to students.
Budget 2017 provides for projected enrolment growth funding in the 2017/18 school year.
Total school facility funding reaches $1.3 billion (non-consolidated) to fund the construction of new schools, modernization of existing schools, a robust modular classroom program, and Infrastructure Maintenance and Renewal (IMR) funding to support boards in their life-cycle management activities of existing schools.
The $1.3 billion in Budget 2017 includes:
Total operating support for private schools and private Early Childhood Services operators is $263 million.
About three per cent of the ministry’s total operating budget is directed to support the operations of accredited funded private schools and private ECS operators in the province.
We are committed to improving education outcomes by creating and enhancing opportunities for First Nations students. We are investing $37 million in Budget 2017 so thousands of First Nations students have access to a high-quality education that prepares them for success—regardless of whether they attend a First Nations school or a provincial school in a nearby community.
This funding will be utilized to continue the planning and implementation of student-centred approaches, with a primary focus on improving outcomes for First Nations students.
First Nations education funding is intended to enhance, not replace, federal education funding which should be equitable and comparable to provincial education funding. Our goal is to ensure supports are in place to meet the needs of all students.
Actions will help ensure students, who live on-reserve, have comparable opportunities to those who live off-reserve, and will include: