Education Facts, 2015-2016* (Preliminary)

Schools and School Boards

The following are the most recent facts and figures available for Ontario's publicly funded education system.

  • Administration: Ontario's schools are administered by district school boards and school authorities.
  • School boards are divided as follows:
    • 31 English Public
    • 29 English Catholic
    • 4 French Public
    • 8 French Catholic
  • There are 10 School Authorities, consisting of 4 geographically isolated boards and 6 hospital-based school authorities.
  • There is 1 Provincial Schools Authority.
  • As of 2015-2016, there were 3,978 elementary and 913 secondary schools in Ontario.

Education Funding

  • For 2015-16, the government's total investment excluding capital was estimated to be $22.6 billion.
  • For 2015-16, the government's total capital investment was estimated to be $1.2 billion.

Teachers, Administrators and Early Childhood Educators**

  • In 2015-2016, there were 123,578.96 full time equivalent (FTE) teachers and FTE long-term occasional (LTO) teachers, consisting of 81,239.07 elementary and 42,339.89 secondary teachers. The numbers exclude teachers on leave and teachers in care and/or treatment, custody and correctional facilities.
    • There were 113,704.28 FTE teachers, consisting of 74,461.34 elementary and 39,242.94 secondary teachers. The numbers exclude teachers on leave and LTO teachers
    • There were 9,874.68 FTE LTO teachers, consisting of 6,777.73 elementary and 3,096.95 secondary LTO teachers
  • In 2015-2016, there were 7,313.02 FTE administrators (principals and vice-principals), consisting of 5,306.53 elementary and 2,006.49 secondary administrators.
  • In 2015-2016, there were 9,032.26 FTE early childhood educators (ECE), excluding LTO ECEs.
  • In 2015-2016, there were 538.51 FTE LTO ECEs.

Enrolment

  • As of 2015-2016 the number of students in Ontario was: 1,993,433.

The following illustrates enrolment by grade and language, as of 2015-2016:

Elementary
Grade English Language French Language Total
Junior Kindergarten 117,313 8,314 125,627
Kindergarten 123,813 8,625 132,438
Grade 1 128,868 8,865 137,733
Grade 2 130,658 8,792 139,450
Grade 3 131,236 8,334 139,570
Grade 4 129,553 8,243 137,796
Grade 5 128,670 7,717 136,387
Grade 6 129,610 7,393 137,003
Grade 7 129,221 6,845 136,066
Grade 8 129,009 6,594 135,603
Total 1,277,951 79,722 1,357,673


Secondary
Grade English Language French Language Total
Grade 9*** 138,723 5,967 144,690
Grade 10 138,564 5,653 144,217
Grade 11 143,735 5,854 149,589
Grade 12 190,968 6,296 197,264
Total 611,990 23,770 635,760

Source: As reported by schools in Ontario School Information System (OnSIS), 2015-2016 (preliminary).
Data includes public and Roman Catholic schools and school authorities. Data excludes private schools, publicly funded hospital and provincial schools, care and/or treatment, custody and correctional facilities, summer, night and adult continuing education day schools. Data is based on headcount of students.

For data on prior years, see our Quick Facts publications:

* All data for 2015-2016 is preliminary at this time.
** Data excludes personnel on leave. Long-term occasional (LTO) teacher data are as reported by school boards to OnSIS. The definition of an LTO teacher or LTO Early Childhood Educator may vary across school boards based on local collective agreements in place.
*** Data includes students designated as "Pre-Grade 9".

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