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2020-21 Budget

The Budget Process

As the largest and most diverse school board in the country, the TDSB has a unique set of needs when it comes to what is required to best support our students and communities. To ensure that we continue to support all students, we developed the Multi-Year Strategic Plan to set direction and identify system goals. The focus of the Multi-Year Strategic Plan is to ensure that every student has equitable access to programs and resources, and increased opportunities that lead to success.

The Ministry of Education announces revisions to education funding and the amounts that school boards will receive in the spring of each year. Funding for education is determined through a set of provincial benchmark costs for the major components of education operations, as well as the number of students. By law, school boards are required to balance their budgets by June 30. TDSB Trustees and staff work together to create a balanced budget that best supports the achievement and well-being of all students within the funding provided by the province. 

The TDSB’s annual operating budget is approximately $3.4 billion and we are committed to using these resources as responsibly and effectively as possible. However, the funding provided by the government does not fully meet the needs of students in Toronto. Read about the TDSB’s key funding priorities and concerns:

 

Last Year's Budget Process

Last year, TDSB Trustees approved a list of strategic budget drivers to help guide the important conversations that determined the Board’s funding priorities. These budget drivers will continue to guide the development of the 2020-21 budget this year.

In 2019, school boards across Ontario faced unique challenges in balancing their operating budgets because of millions of dollars in funding reductions by the Ontario Ministry of Education. At the TDSB, trustees approved $67.8 million in reductions to staff and changes to program/service delivery to balance the budget. The $67.8 million included a $42.1 million cut in provincial government funding and a budget shortfall of $25.7 million. The operating budget of approximately 3.4 billion continues to support the TDSB’s commitment to equity, and the achievement and well-being of all students. Learn more about the 2019-20 budget

 

Finance, Budget & Enrolment Committee

The Finance, Budget and Enrolment Committee (FBEC) meets regularly to develop a draft Operating Budget. It is anticipated that the draft budget will be finalized by FBEC at the beginning of May 2020, and approved by the Board of Trustees at the end of May 2020.

FBEC’s budget meetings are open to the public and take place in the TDSB’s Boardroom at 5050 Yonge Street. Please see the 2020-2021 Budget Schedule and Process for more information. Learn more about how you can present at an upcoming FBEC meetings through the TDSB’s delegation process.

Upcoming FBEC Meetings:

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
4:30 p.m.
5050 Yonge Street, Boardroom

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
4:30 p.m.
5050 Yonge Street, Boardroom

Please note that, moving forward, budget discussions will be videotaped and posted to our website for those who may not be able to attend meetings in person.

 

Budget Consultations

Each year, there are a number of ways for students, parents/guardians, and the community to get involved and share feedback throughout the TDSB’s budget development process. These include completing online surveys, attending ward forums and delegating at committee meetings. Please check back for more information about these budget consultation opportunities. 

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To enable all students to reach high levels of achievement and well-being
and to acquire the knowledge, skills
and values they need to become responsible, contributing members of
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