Little return on billions poured into Ontario education

Ontario has increased spending on the public education system by a whopping $7 billion over the last decade, even though student enrolment dropped more than 5% in that time, according to a new study.

The Fraser Institute study — Education Spending and Public Student Enrolment in Canada — also found teacher and staff salaries, benefits and pensions ate up more than 80% of that massive cash injection.

“Contrary to what we often hear, more and more money is being spent on fewer and fewer students in Ontario’s public education system,” said study co-author Angela MacLeod, of the Fraser Institute’s Barbara Mitchell Centre for Improvement in Education.