October 6 2015 – Canadian Press – CBC News – In almost every province, independent schools are getting more students while public schools see decreases
Private school enrolment across Canada is up by almost 17% while public school enrolment has decreased 8%, according to the public policy think-tank’s (Fraser Institute – Barbara Mitchell Centre) report released on Tuesday.
The study finds that enrolment increased for independent schools and decreased for public schools in almost every province across Canada between 2000/01 to 2012/13 (the most recent period for which comparable data were available).
Out of all the provinces, between 2000/01 and 2012/13, Saskatchewan experienced the largest increase in enrolment for independent schools (34.2 per cent) followed by Alberta (30.6 per cent) and British Columbia (24.4 per cent).
Currently, all four western provinces and Quebec partially fund the operating costs of independent schools. But even Ontario (which is one of the five provinces that doesn’t fund independent schools) had a significant bump in its independent school enrolment — an increase of 9.4 per cent over the period.