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Budget Summary 2014-2015

The Ottawa Catholic School Board approved, on June 10, 2014, an Operating Budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, developed in accordance with the provincial funding model, totaling $470,932,000. The budget provides for 2014-2015 enrollment of 40,000 students. This budget focuses on programs and initiatives that directly benefit students and further enhance student and staff success:

  • Full implementation of full-day kindergarten
  • Expansion of French immersion programming in remaining small schools
  • Continued integration of technology into the school, classroom and workplace
  • Spending related to new elementary schools in Cumberland and Nepean South

Approximately 70% 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 77%. A further 16% 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 – $330,695 70%
  • Out of Classroom (School Based) – $34,111 7%
  • Continuing Education – $6,878 1%
  • School Operations & Debt Interest – $46,330 10%
  • Transportation – $21,724 5%
  • Admin & Governance – $12,071 2%
  • Facilities Renewal – $2,629 1%
  • Amortization of Tangible Capital Assets – $16,494 4%

Expenditures by Category of Expenditure ($ in 000s)

  • Salaries & Benefits – $380,522 81%
  • Classroom Spending – $20,248 4%
  • Transportation – $21,724 5%
  • School Accommodation – $19,730 4%
  • Amortization of Tangible Capital Assets – $16,603 3%
  • Interest on Long-Term Debt – $6,228 1%
  • Administration – $3,071 1%
  • Other – $2,806 1%

Capital Spending

New capital projects spending totaling $31.6 million include:


  • $12.4 million for expenditures related to new elementary schools in Cumberland and Nepean South
  • $8.0 million for future school sites
  • $0.6 million for Child Care Space Retrofits at 4 various school locations
  • $1.2 million for system computer, furniture and equipment needs
  • $1.3 million for school retrofits/additions/first time equipping re the full-day kindergarten program
  • $3.8 million of Facilities Renewal Project spending
  • $4.3 million for School Condition improvement projects

A note about budget summaries

The information presented and groupings employed in this summary have been aggregated for purposes of presentation and brevity. Additionally, 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.

Labour Intensive

Education spending is very labour intensive, as reflected in the accompanying chart entitled “By Category of Expenditure”. For 2014-2015, salaries and benefits for teaching and non-teaching staff will comprise 81% of Operating expenditures. Other major costs are: transportation 5%, 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, community use of school revenues and other long-term lease revenues.