Most provinces in Canada are affected by the decline in the number of school-aged children. Many Ontario school boards have also experienced changing demographics:
On May 30, the province established a Declining Enrolment Working Group, led by co-chairs Brant MPP Dave Levac and Eleanor Newman, former Director of Education at Renfrew County District School Board.
The group was asked to provide advice and recommendations on ways to help school boards better respond to declining enrolment. These include strategies and best practices that will help boards and schools deliver effective education programs and continue improving student achievement while adjusting to lower enrolment.
Their recommendations would build on measures introduced by the government over the past five years to help boards adjust to declining enrolment while continuing to provide high quality education for students.
As part of their work to fully understand the challenges associated with declining enrolment and to develop informed, practical recommendations, the group:
Their report titled: Planning and Possibilities recommends ways that Ontario can continue to improve student achievement while addressing the impacts of declining enrolment. There are twenty-one recommendations covering four broad areas:
The Ministry of Education intends to move ahead quickly to consider recommendations that can be implemented within existing requirements and resources and will consider other recommendations for future implementation.
Learn more about the working group's members and see Frequently Asked Questions.