School Funding - A Guide for Parents

Meeting Local Needs

Funding has increased in recent years to support new programs for student achievement and to help boards with rising costs. This has helped boards hire more teachers, reduce class sizes, fix school buildings and pay for textbooks and supplies.

The government has also been changing the funding formula to make it more responsive to local needs. This is very important, because every school, board and region of the province has its own needs and challenges. Funding "fairly" does not necessarily mean funding "exactly the same."

Every community is unique, and so is every student

The needs of a large urban school board, for example, may differ from those of a smaller rural board. French-language and English-language boards also differ. And the total number of students in a school will change as families move into or away from the community.

The province tailors funding to meet the real needs of local boards and students. Funding is also carefully managed to ensure that it goes where it's needed most.

Improving the funding formula

Ontario's education funding formula is always changing and being improved. Just as the needs of students and communities change, the funding formula is constantly refined and revised to meet those needs.

Each year, the Ministry of Education consults with education partners across the province. This ensures that the funding formula is meeting the needs of school boards, schools and students. But student achievement – the only real measure of our success – will remain the foundation of future funding decisions.