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2019-20 Budget Update as of April 15, 2019

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The announcements made by the Ministry of Education on March 15, 2019 will result in $28.7 million in funding cuts to the TDSB’s 2019-20 Operating Budget. Also, the TDSB will have a net structural deficit in 2019-20 of $25.7 million. Staff will be reviewing the proposed Budget Strategic Drivers in light of this unexpected shortfall of $54.4 million. The Drivers are being presented to the Finance, Budget and Enrolment Committee on April 15 at 4:30 p.m. in the TDSB Boardroom. The Committee will also receive a report summarizing the results of the TDSB Community Budget Survey to ensure that the opinions expressed are respected.

Ministry of Education to Increase Class Sizes and Permanently Eliminate Thousands of Elementary & Secondary Teaching Positions Province-Wide

The Ministry of Education is increasing class size averages for Grades 4 to 8 to 24.5 students. Based on an average class size of 24.5, and based on the information we have available at this time, the TDSB projects that the Ministry would have the TDSB reduce its elementary teachers by approximately 216. However, the TDSB’s collective agreement commitment states that our Grades 4 to 8 class average must be 23.24. It is because we must honour our collective agreements, we would not be able to have 216 fewer teachers which means that we would have a significant budget shortfall in the coming budget year. We continue to work with the ministry to help them understand this situation and to advocate for funding to deal with the shortfall.

The secondary school class size average is increasing over the next four years from 22 to 28 students. Based on an average class size of 28, and based on the information we have available at this time, after four years the TDSB projects it will have approximately 800 fewer high school teachers. As more information becomes available on the precise calculation of lost teaching positions, we will update this information.

Learn more about the impact of the Ministry’s increases to class size averages & teacher job losses at the Toronto District School Board.

2019-20 Budget Process

Each year, TDSB Trustees and staff work together to pass a balanced budget that best supports the achievement and well-being of all students. The TDSB’s annual operating budget is approximately $3.4 billion and we are committed to using these resources responsibly and effectively.

Key discussions regarding the annual budget are scheduled for our Finance, Budget and Enrolment Committee (FBEC). Below you will find links to the proposed Committee Schedule, Timelines and Milestones. FBEC’s budget meetings are open to the public and take place in the Toronto District School Board Boardroom. Please note that these budget discussions will be videotaped and posted to our public website for those who may not be able to attend meetings in person but wish to review those meetings. We will be posting a link to those recorded meetings following the first meeting on Wednesday, January 23rd.

Learn more about the TDSB’s 2019-20 Operating Budget:


Finance, Budget & Enrolment Committee Meetings

The Finance, Budget and Enrolment Committee (FBEC) is meeting regularly to develop a “draft” Operating Budget for 2019-20. It is anticipated that the “draft” budget will be available in May and a final, balanced budget would be approved by the Board of Trustees in June 2019. Below is a list of reports and presentations made at our FBEC meetings:

FBEC Meeting Schedule




Watch Our FBEC Meeting Videos


Budget Strategic Drivers


2019-20 Projected Financial Position of the Board


Fixed Vs Flexible Costs


Communications Plan


Enrolment Report


Education Program Other Grants


TDSB's Response to Ministry of Education - Funding for 2019-20 School Year


Questions and Answers from FBEC Meetings


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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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