Education Facts, 2020-2021* (Preliminary)

Schools and School Boards

The following are the most recent facts and figures available for Ontario's publicly funded education system.

  • Administration: Ontario's schools are administered by district school boards and school authorities.
  • School boards are divided as follows:
    • 31 English Public
    • 29 English Catholic
    • 4 French Public
    • 8 French Catholic
  • There are 10 School Authorities, consisting of 4 geographically isolated boards and 6 hospital-based school authorities.
  • There is 1 Provincial Schools Authority.
  • There is 1 Consortium.
  • As of 2020-2021, there were 3,962 elementary and 871 secondary schools in Ontario.**

Education Funding

  • For 2020-2021, the government's total investment excluding capital was estimated to be $25.3 billion.
  • For 2020-2021, the government's total capital investment was estimated to be $1.5 billion.

Teachers, Administrators and Early Childhood Educators***

  • In 2020-2021, there were 130,923.28 full time equivalent (FTE) teachers, consisting of 88,737.88 elementary and 42,185.40 secondary teachers. The numbers include long-term occasional (LTO) teachers and exclude teachers on leave and teachers in Education and Community Partnership Program facilities.
  • In 2020-2021, there were 7,696.43 FTE administrators (principals and vice-principals), consisting of 5,656.96 elementary and 2,039.47 secondary administrators.
  • In 2020-2021, there were 10,072.07 FTE early childhood educators (ECEs), including LTO ECEs.

Enrolment

  • As of 2020-2021 the number of students in Ontario was: 2,025,258.

The following illustrates enrolment by grade and language, as of 2020-2021:

Elementary
Grade English Language French Language Total
Junior Kindergarten 108,349 8,321 116,670
Kindergarten 122,443 8,775 131,218
Grade 1 128,257 9,095 137,352
Grade 2 129,697 8,893 138,590
Grade 3 133,500 8,925 142,425
Grade 4 132,967 8,677 141,644
Grade 5 134,865 8,713 143,578
Grade 6 137,676 8,736 146,412
Grade 7 139,396 8,293 147,689
Grade 8 140,360 8,103 148,463
Total 1,307,510 86,531 1,394,041


Secondary
Grade English Language French Language Total
Grade 9 142,231 7,062 149,293
Grade 10 142,043 6,747 148,790
Grade 11 143,094 6,298 149,392
Grade 12 177,262 6,480 183,742
Total 604,630 26,587 631,217


Sources: As reported by schools through the Ontario School Information System (OnSIS), 2020-2021 (Preliminary as of April 1, 2022 with all schools that met identified criteria with signed-off submissions).

Data includes public and Roman Catholic schools and school authorities. Data excludes private schools, publicly funded hospital and provincial schools, Education and Community Partnership Program (ECPP) facilities, summer, night and adult continuing education schools. Data is based on headcount of students.

Education funding data on total investment from the published “Grants for Student Needs Projections for the 2022-2023 School Year” and capital investment data is based on ministry reviewed 2020-2021 revised estimates from school boards.

For data on prior years, see our Quick Facts publications:

* All data for 2020-2021 is preliminary at this time.

** Count of schools excludes Temporary Remote Learning Schools (TRLS). However, students in TRLS are included in the enrolment counts.

*** Data excludes personnel on leave. Long-term occasional (LTO) teacher data are as reported by school boards through OnSIS. The definition of an LTO teacher or LTO Early Childhood Educator may vary across school boards based on local collective agreements in place.