Annual Report 2003-2004


Ministry Overview

The Ministry of Education administers the system of publicly funded elementary and secondary school education in Ontario in accordance with the directions set by the provincial government.

The Ministry of Education provides the leadership and sets the direction for education policy in English and French-language elementary and secondary schools by:

  • Promoting a safe, effective and respectful environment that supports learning.
  • Developing and sustaining a rigorous and challenging province-wide curriculum.
  • Promoting accountability throughout the publicly funded education system by setting provincial standards for achievement and in other key areas that promote quality education, such as safe schools, class size, and instructional time.
  • Promoting and supporting excellence in teaching and learning.
  • Providing supports and resources, including funding to school boards and support for program implementation.

The Minister of Education, through the ministry:

  • Issues curricula.
  • Sets requirements for student diplomas and certificates.
  • Provides funding to school boards for academic instruction and for building and maintaining schools.

In addition, the ministry makes regulations that govern the school year, the organization of schools and school boards and the duties of teachers, principals and school board officials. The ministry also operates provincial schools for students who are blind, deaf and deaf-blind, and operates demonstration schools for students with severe disabilities.

Annual Report 2003-2004

  • In the 2003 Ontario Budget, the government committed $50 million in the 2003-2004 school year to renovate schools and to finance the replacement of at least 34 schools where the costs of repair had been determined to be prohibitive.
  • A new $50 million rural education strategy was developed to help support students in small and distant schools in rural and northern communities.
  • The government also invested $50 million in annual funding to help support students who are at risk of not graduating from high school.
  • $340 million was designated in the 2003-2004 school year to address agreements that were reached between school boards, teachers and other staff.
  • In December the government invested $112 million to help students from low-income and single-parent families, as well as recent immigrants and ESL students.
  • The first five-year cycle of curriculum review began in September 2003. The first review focused on elementary and secondary mathematics as well as two secondary subjects: business studies and guidance and career education.
  • The government invested approximately $5 million to develop distance learning, online courses and other courses for teachers and school administrators.
Ministry Expenditures ($ millions)
  2003-2004 Actual
Operating 9,909,935,126
Capital1 14,721,755
Staff Strength (as of Mar. 31, 2004) 1727 head count;
1630.26 FTE count2

Notes:

1. Starting in 2002-2003, major tangible capital assets owned by provincial ministries (land, buildings and transportation infrastructure) are accounted for on a full accrual accounting basis. Other tangible capital assets owned by provincial ministries will continue to be accounted for as expenses in the year of acquisition or construction. All capital assets owned by consolidated government organizations are accounted for on a full accrual basis.

2. “Head count” refers to the number of people working at the Ministry of Education as of March 31, 2004. “FTE count” refers to the number of full-time equivalent positions at the Ministry of Education as of March 31, 2004.

Annual Report 2002-2003

  • In December 2002, $20 million was invested in student transportation and $340 million was invested to help school boards reach agreements with their teachers and other staff.
  • $10 million was invested to allow school boards to hire Student Success leaders and to set up Students Success offices.
  • $75 million in new funding was committed to help school boards renovate and replace schools across the province over two years.
  • $250 million was committed, on an annual basis, to support the requirements of students with special needs.
  • The government completed implementation of the provincewide standardized curriculum with the introduction of new Grade 12 courses in September 2002.
    This represented the final year of the curriculum roll-out.
  • In September 2002, the Student Protection Act came into effect. The Student Protection Act sets out a definition that recognizes physical sexual abuse, sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior by teachers.
Ministry Expenditures ($ millions)
  2002-2003 Actual
Operating 9,710,476,280
Capital1 9,575,124
Staff Strength (as of Mar. 31, 2003) 1742 head count;
1623.13 FTE count2

Notes:

1. Starting in 2002-2003, major tangible capital assets owned by provincial ministries (land, buildings and transportation infrastructure) are accounted for on a full accrual accounting basis. Other tangible capital assets owned by provincial ministries will continue to be accounted for as expenses in the year of acquisition or construction. All capital assets owned by consolidated government organizations are accounted for on a full accrual basis.

2. “Head count” refers to the number of people working at the Ministry of Education as of March 31, 2003. “FTE count” refers to the number of full-time equivalent positions at the Ministry of Education as of March 31, 2003.

For further information about the Ministry of Education visit our Internet site at www.edu.gov.on.ca. You can find annual reports for other Ontario government ministries online at www.ontario.ca/ under “About Government”.

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