Independent Education In Ontario

Background Information – Independent Education in Ontario

  • Ontario’s independent schools are not financially supported through government funding – they are defined as business’ or non-profit organizations
  • 1044 registered independent schools in Ontario
  • 110,000 students enrolled in independent schools in Ontario – 20,000 students being home-schooled in Ontario
  • GRAND TOTAL – 130,000 students in independent schools and home schools account for more than 5% of Ontario’s total student population (As points of comparison: a) there are more students enrolled in independent schools than all the schools operated by the province’s 12 Francophone boards and b) there are as many students attending independent schools in Ontario as there are attending public schools in Nova Scotia)
  • AMOUNT OF ANNUAL SAVINGS TO PROVINCE OF ONTARIO – Students attending independent schools save the province $1.6 billion annually (this is the additional cost to the province if all of these students would exercise their right to access public provincial schools and for which the province is obligated to provide under the Education Act)
  • Even though the graduates of these schools go on to attend colleges & universities, get jobs and become responsible, productive citizens, they receive NO school support from the province for their education despite the clear obligation in Ontario’s Education Act to provide for EVERY child’s education!  Their parents pay both educational taxes and tuitions for their children attending independent schools
  • OFIS is the largest, fastest growing, MOST diverse independent school association in the province – providing support, resources & services to member schools from a variety of backgrounds: faith-based schools, culturally-based schools, alternative educational (pedagogical) schools, special needs schools, community-based schools, and arts & athletics schools

Studies & Reports

  • Regulation And Funding Of Independent Schools: Lessons From Sweden – November 15 2016 – Barbara Mitchell Centre For Improvement In Education – as full government funding was extended to independent schools – including for-profit institutions – as part of a series of education reforms undertaken in the 1990s and beyond, enrolment in Sweden’s independent schools increased substantially – this study offers several key lessons for policymakers in every province in Canada.
  • Independent Schools In British Colombia: Myths & Realities – September 2016 – Barbara Mitchell Centre For Improvement In Education – Calls for reductions to or elimination of funding for independent schools in British Columbia are based on misperceptions, specifically, that parents choose independent schools because public schools are underfunded; that independent schools are “elite” and that government funding of independent schools drain public expenditures.
  • Education Spending & Public Student Enrolment In Canada – September 1 2016 – Barbara Mitchell Centre For Improvement In Education – For Canada as a whole, over the last decade (2004-05 to 2013-14), the increase in per-student spending in public schools is 25.8% (once adjustments have been made for inflation). Specifically, per-student education spending in public schools, accounting for changes in prices, increased from $9,876 to $12,427 between 2004-05 and 2013-14
  • A Diverse Landscape – Independent Schools In Canada – June 2016 – Barbara Mitchell Centre For Improvement In Education – first of its kind to offer a national survey of independent schools in Canada. It seeks to address the persistent myth that independent schools are of one dominant type serving a single sort of family. Contrary to the common caricature that they are enclaves for the urban elite, independent schools parents come in a wide variety of types and serve many educational preferences
  • Lessons For Ontario – Education Diversity Across Canada – November 2015 – summarizes the discussion convened by Cardus with public and private school stakeholders and explores the lessons that Ontario can learn about “warming the climate” for educational diversity from across Canada thirty years after Shapiro
  • Where Are Students Are Educated: Measuring Student Enrolment In Canada – October 6 2015 – Barbara Mitchell Centre For Improvement In Education – Fraser Institute Study compares and contrasts the changes in public & independent school enrolments, by province, between 2000 – 2013. It finds that, against the backdrop of declining school-age populations (down more than 6% over that time period), independent school enrolment across Canada increased almost 17% while public school enrolment decreased 8%
  • Breaking Down The 2015 Schooling in America Survey –  June 30 2015 – Friedman Foundation For Educational Choice –Schooling in America is an annual project, commissioned by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and conducted by Braun Research, Inc. (BRI)
  • Teacher Incentive Pay That Works – A Global Survey Of Programs that Improve Student Achievement– September 2014 – Barbara Mitchell Centre For Improvement In Education – Fraser Institute – the 10 case studies included in this Global Survey were selected because
    they reward teachers based primarily or solely on student achievement
  • Financial Savings: Restructuring Education In Ontario Using The British Columbia Model – September 2014 – Fraser Institute – Calculations for four scenarios, based on different levels of enrolment, resulted in annual nets savings from $849.1 million to $1.873 billion. The relative fiscal effect would be saving between 7.5 and 16.6 percent of Ontario’s 2013/14 deficit
  • Towards A Warmer Climate For Ontario’s Private Schools – September 2014 – Cardus – Fresh North American data and a provocative new research paper from an esteemed Ontario academic clinch the argument for making school choice a key part of educational policy for the public good
  • Cardus Education Surveys – http://www.cardus.ca/research/education/
    Do Christian independent schools deliver on their promises? Cardus reports on the largest-ever sample of graduates and administrators in North America, focusing on students’ spiritual formation, cultural engagement and academic development – 2011 & 2012
  • Institute of Marriage & Family Canada – IMFC – Public_Education_And_Parental_Choice – May 2010
    Public Education & Parental Choice – Report on Enrolment Trends in Ontario Schools – May 2010
  • Backgrounder info – Breaking Down Monopolies: Expanding Choice & Competition In Education – October 2007 – CD Howe Institute
  • Ontario’s Private Schools – Who Chooses Them And Why? – Studies In Educational Policy and Sponsored by The Fraser Institute – May 2007 – Study May 2007 – University of Western Ontario
  • Private Schools By The Numbers – Independent School Statistics – 2012
  • Provincial Auditor-General’s Report, released in December 2013, contained a review of MOE’s oversight of private schools –OFIS Assessment – MOE’s Oversight Of Private Schools – December 2013