A new study released by the Fraser Institute shows enrollment in Canadian public schools is on the decline.
“Across Canada, the public school systems remain by far the largest providers of education. In 2012/13, between 87.3 percent (Quebec) and 98.7 percent (New Brunswick) of K–12 students are enrolled in public schools,” reads a statement from the study, “Nevertheless, the proportion of students enrolled in public schools has declined over time. Every province has seen a decline in the proportion of students enrolled in the public system from 2000/01 to 2012/13. Quebec and British Columbia have seen the largest declines in public enrollment as a proportion of total enrollment in this period, from 90.6 to 87.3 percent in Quebec and from 90.8 to 88.1 percent in British Columbia.”
According to the findings, the reason for the reduction could be due to an increase in independent school enrollment, and families choosing to home school their children.
Zoning in on Ontario, author Deani Van Pelt, Director at the Barbara Mitchell Centre for Improvement in Education, told the John Oakley Show, that our province is “Not quite as high as the national, but almost four percent decline in students aged 5-17… and from 2000-2013, there was an increase in independent school enrollments of 9.4 percent.”
The report also says Ontario isn’t alone in the increase for independent school enrollment. Quebec and British Colombia saw the larges increases, from 9.4 – 12.6 percent in Quebec and from 8.6 – 11.6 percent in British Columbia from 2000/01 – 2012/13.
Overall, the public school system remains the largest providers of education across Canada.