The Fraser Institute: Education Spending in Canada

Despite a steady decline in student enrolment, spending on public schools in Canada has skyrocketed.
Teachers’ unions and activists repeatedly claim that education spending is being cut and school budgets are in peril. That’s simply not true and ignores the reality of public education spending in Canada.
For example, between 2001/02 and 2011/12, the most recent years for which data is available, spending in public schools across all provinces rose to $59.6 billion from $38.9 billion—a 53.1 per cent increase.
The study, Education Spending in Canada: What’s Actually Happening?, is available as a free PDF download through the Barbara Mitchell Centre for Improvement in Education at

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