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Budget Summary 2017-2018

The Ottawa Catholic School Board approved, on June 13, 2017, a balanced Operating Budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, developed in accordance with the provincial funding model, totalling $525,621,000. The budget provides for 2017-2018 enrolment of 42,100 students. This budget focuses on programs and initiatives that directly benefit students and further enhance student and staff success:

  • adding staff to reflect growth in our communities, including 36.5 new teaching jobs, 3.75 additional casual educational assistants, and 17 new early childhood educators;
  • supporting student needs in key areas with new staff allocations, including 25.2 teachers, 17.3 educational assistants, six office assistants, five caretakers, and two trades staff;
  • investing in employee wellness initiatives with an additional $74,000;
  • allocating an additional $302,500 in resources and professional development to support the faith life in our school communities;
  • establishing a $50,000 Innovation Fund to further enhance technology training and equipment for 3D printing, robotics etc;
  • adding $70,000 for professional learning of music for elementary school teachers; and
  • allocating $38,000,000 for new capital projects, including the new Marchwood Lakeside Elementary School (Kanata North) and additions to St. Patrick’s High and Holy Redeemer Elementary.

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 15% 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 – $372,289 70%
  • Out of Classroom (School Based) – $38,167 7%
  • Continuing Education – $7,713 1%
  • School Operations & Debt Interest – $50,008 10%
  • Transportation – $21,734 4%
  • Admin & Governance – $14,361 3%
  • Facilities Renewal – $3,042 1%
  • Amortization of Tangible Capital Assets – $18,847 4%

Expenditures by Category of Expenditure ($ in 000s)

  • Salaries & Benefits – $428,325 81%
  • Classroom Spending – $22,694 5%
  • Transportation – $21,734 4%
  • School Accommodation – $20,731 4%
  • Amortization of Tangible Capital Assets – $18,847 3%
  • Interest on Long-Term Debt – $5,838 1%
  • Administration – $4,361 1%
  • Other – $3,091 1%

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.

Capital Spending

New capital projects spending totaling $38.0 million include:

  • $8.7 million for expenditures related to a new Marchwood Lakeside (Kanata North) Elementary School;
  • $6.6 million for an addition at St. Patrick’s High School;
  • $0.5 million for an addition at Holy Redeemer Elementary School;
  • $0.3 million for expenditures related to an addition at St. Francis Xavier High School;
  • $1.2 million for school portables;
  • $1.7 million for system computer, furniture and equipment needs;
  • $4.4 million for Facilities Renewal Project spending; and
  • $12.7 million for School Condition improvement projects.

Labour Intensive

Education spending is very labour intensive, as reflected in the accompanying chart entitled “By Category of Expenditure”. For 2017-2018, salaries and benefits for teaching and non-teaching staff will comprise 82% of Operating expenditures. Other major costs are: transportation 4%, classroom supplies 4%, and school accommodation costs 4%. Under the funding model, virtually all revenues (96%) are received directly from the Province of Ontario in the form of government grant allocations. The remaining 4% 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.