The province is topping up education funding amid reports of layoffs at school boards across Ontario.
Education Minister Lisa Thompson announced the funding today, that school boards will be getting an attrition protection fund of $1.6 billion, bringing the amount Queen’s Park is sending school boards in 2019-2020 to $24.66 billion. This balances out to $12,246 per pupil; boards received $12,300 per student under the previous government, while the difference is attributed to an increase in enrollment.
This added funding means the Simcoe County District School Board will receive an increase of $2,376,677, while the Catholic Board will see an increase of $3,150,584. This, according to Barrie-Springwater-Oro Medonte MPP Doug Downey who says “This increase will ensure we are protecting what matters most, and that educators have the resources they need to continue delivering world class education to the next generation of Ontarians.”
“With attrition protection funding support in place, school boards should have sufficient funding to avoid laying off teachers who may be impacted by our proposed changes,” added Thompson. “Our government is taking a responsible approach to balancing the budget that restores confidence in Ontario’s finances, while protecting what matters most, our world-class health care and education systems.”
Both the local Public and Catholic School boards announced earlier this month a series of layoffs. Premier Doug Ford maintains this is a routine exercise for school boards in the Spring, that many would be hired back on in the Fall.