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Budget Summary 2019-2020

The Ottawa Catholic School Board approved, on June 25, 2019, a balanced Operating Budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, developed in accordance with the provincial funding model, totalling $558,844,000. The budget provides for 2019-2020 enrolment of 44,368 students. This budget focuses on programs and initiatives that directly benefit students and further enhance student and staff success:

  • Additional teachers due to enrolment growth net of secondary class size changes (21 FTE)
  • Additional Educational Assistants to support current and anticipated student needs (32 FTE permanent staff and 21 FTE casual staff)
  • Three additional Kindergarten Assessment Classes (9 FTE)
  • Two additional System Language Classes (2 FTE)
  • Additional Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) Supports (2 FTE)
  • Additional English as a Second Language Teachers (2 FTE)
  • Four new Addictions Counsellors (4 FTE)
  • Additional Guidance Counsellor (1 FTE)
  • Five additional eLearning sections
  • Additional Chaplaincy Leader support (0.5 FTE)
  • A new Equity and Diversity Advisor position (1 FTE)
  • $100,000 Innovation Learning Fund
  • $50,000 to support employee wellness to “Be Well”
  • $59,000 increased support for extracurricular coverage
  • $30,000 increased support for health and safety inspections
  • $30,000 for the Student Senate to address school-based priorities
  • $52,500 to support music instruction training at the elementary level
  • Spending related to a new addition to St. Joseph High School and the completion of the addition for Holy Redeemer Elementary School.

Approximately 71% of all Board spending is to occur directly in the classroom, with a further 7% being spent outside the classroom, but at the school level, on items such as principals, vice-principals and office administrators for a total of 78%. A further 14% is directed to such items as Continuing Education, school accommodation costs, and transportation of students, as reflected in the accompanying chart entitled “Expenditures by Envelope Allocation.”

Expenditures by Envelope Allocation ($ in 000s)

  • Classroom – $397,990 71% 71%
  • Out of Classroom (School Based) – $39,239 7% 7%
  • Continuing Education – $8,144 1% 1%
  • School Operations & Debt Interest – $49,341 9% 9%
  • Transportation – $25,019 4% 4%
  • Admin & Governance – $14,945 3% 3%
  • Facilities Renewal – $2,754 1% 1%
  • Amortization of Tangible Capital Assets – $21,412 4% 4%

Expenditures by Category ($ in 000s)

  • Salaries & Benefits – $454,868 81% 81%
  • Classroom Spending – $23,775 4% 4%
  • Transportation – $25,019 4% 4%
  • School Accommodation – $20,578 4% 4%
  • Amortization of Tangible Capital Assets – $21,412 4% 4%
  • Interest on Long-Term Debt – $5,411 1% 1%
  • Administration – $4,417 1% 1%
  • Other – $3,364 1% 1%

About budget summaries

The information presented and groupings employed in this summary have been aggregated for purposes of presentation and brevity. This presentation does not include adjustments for differences between the Ontario education funding model and Canadian generally accepted accounting principles for local government established by the Public Sector Accounting Board. Such differences include, but are not limited to, consolidation of controlled entities, employee future benefits, accrued interest on long-term debt, and deferred revenues. Readers requiring more information should consult the Board’s official budget document.

Capital Spending

New capital projects spending totalling $37.3 million includes:

  • $14.8 million for an addition at St. Joseph High School
  • $0.2 million to complete the addition at Holy Redeemer Elementary School
  • $0.6 million for the purchase of school portables
  • $0.7 million for system computer, furniture and equipment needs
  • $5.0 million for Facilities Renewal Project spending
  • $14.6 million for School Condition improvement projects
  • $1.1 million for renewal work to the Catholic Education Centre

Labour Intensive

Education spending is labour intensive, as reflected in the accompanying chart entitled “Expenditures by Category.” For 2019-2020, salaries and benefits for teaching and non-teaching staff will comprise 81% of operating expenditures. Other major costs include: transportation (4%), classroom supplies (4%), and school accommodation costs (4%). Under the funding model, virtually all revenues (97%) are received directly from the Province of Ontario in the form of government grant allocations. The remaining 3% is attributable to Government of Ontario Special Grant revenue, non-credit English Second Language program funding, Extended Day Program revenues, Continuing Education tuition fees and community use of school revenues.