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Budget 2018-2019

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 $3.3 billion and we are committed to using these resources responsibly and effectively. 

The TDSB is currently in a stable financial position as a result of steady enrolment and previous difficult decisions needed to balance the budget. As a result, we are now able to focus our attention to thinking about the budget differently, specifically in terms of aligning resources with our equity commitments so that all students experience success.

Although the TDSB’s financial position is currently stable, and cuts will not be required to balance the 2018-19 budget, there are still a number of areas where the funding provided by the Ministry of Education is not sufficient to meet the needs of our students and school communities. To learn more about these funding gaps and the TDSB’s financial position, please refer to TDSB Financial Facts.

Learn more about the TDSB’s 2018-19 Operating Budget:

Budget 2016-2017

The Toronto District School Board Trustees have approved a balanced budget for the 2016-17 school year that will align resources more closely to schools, as well as programs that have a direct impact on students.

The budget reflects the reorganization of central staff to allow for the creation of four new Learning Centres. These centres will enable the TDSB to be more responsive to schools, and better support teachers and administrators in improving student achievement.

To address the $21 million projected deficit, the budget also contains a list of cost saving measures, including reductions to central department budgets and the restructuring of central and Facility Services positions.

Pre-Budget Meeting with the Minister of Finance & the 2016-2017 Education Funding Consultation Guide 

TDSB Chair Robin Pilkey met with the Honourable Associate Minister of Finance Mitzie Hunter on Monday, January 18, 2016 as part of the Ministry’s province-wide pre-budget consultations. The focus of the Chair’s presentation is based on our capital and renewal challenges the need for adequate and predictable funding to repair and modernize schools. As part of this presentation the Chair will provided a copy of the TDSB’s feedback on the 2016-2017 Education Funding Consultation Guide that has been submitted to the Ministry of Education for consideration. 

Chair Pilkey's Budget Presentation including TDSB’s feedback on the 2016-2017 Education Funding Consultation Guide

Budget 2015-2015

The budget for the 2015-16 school year has been approved. In past years, this annual process has been extremely difficult because of the many reductions the TDSB has had to make in order to comply with the provincial requirement of balancing the annual budget. Although past years of difficult decisions has made balancing the budget easier in recent years, the Board continues to experience declining enrolment in secondary schools which results in a loss of grants – many of which already do not meet Toronto students’ needs.

Leading up to the March board meeting, the Budget Committee met to develop and discuss the options that were being recommended to balance the budget. Prior to making decisions, Trustees held ward and community forums to hear feedback from the community on the proposed options to balance the budget.

Below, please find the financial projection for the years 2015-2016, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018.

These early projections were prepared based on the following information and assumptions:

1.     Grant projections based on current government funding model in place for 2014-15.

2.     Classroom teachers have been adjusted for changes in enrolment, all other staff maintained at 2014-2015 levels.

3.     Teacher Qualifications & Experience allocation has been updated based on current year teachers. This information will be updated again as new information becomes available.

4.     School Top-up allocation has been projected based on 2014-15 funding levels and prorated enrolment projections from Planning.

5.     $5M contingency allowances have been added to the budget at this time.

6.     A modest utility increase has been estimated.

7.     Projections do not include a provision for ongoing pay equity maintenance costs.

8.     Assumes any contract settlements will either be funded within current funding model (i.e. increase funded through other offsets within grants) or additional funding will be provided to offset increased costs.

Budget 2014-2015


As part of the new budget process implemented this year, Trustees will vote on the recommendations to balance the 2014-15 budget in March. Decisions about staff allocation and the operating budget will be made at the March Board meeting.

If you have questions about the budget or would like to get involved in the process, you can attend any of the ward forums or community consultations that Trustees will be holding over the coming weeks. You can also attend TDSB Budget and HR committee meetings.

The Balancing the 2014-15 Operating Budget presentation and the Financial Facts document provide additional information about the Board’s financial position and plan to balance the budget.

2014-2015 Budget

Budget 2013-2014


Each year the Toronto District School Board budget cycle begins in March with school-based staff allocation. Staff salaries and benefits represent 67% of the Board’s overall budget and decisions are required at the March Board meeting in order to meet timelines set out in collective agreements and to give schools the time they need to build their program and staff timetables for the coming year.
Decisions on the operational budget are made in June once the provincial government has released its annual budget and the Board knows its funding levels for the coming year.


The Budget Cycle


Critical Path to a Balanced Budget




  • School-based Staff Allocation (6 March 2013) to meet staffing deadline
  • Represents approximately $2B of TDSB's budget
  • Ministry releases grants & revenues
  • Expected in March/April but subject to change
  • Staff Balanced Budget Recommendation
  • Represents approximately $1B of TDSB's budget


A number of decisions need to be made this budget cycle to balance the Board’s finances. Staff recommendations for the 2013-2014 budget cycle set out staff’s best advice on the structural changes that are needed to put the TDSB on strong financial footing for the future. These recommendations are brought to the Board and Trustees vote on the proposed budget.

In addition to the operational budget, staff also submits a report to the Board on capital expenditures and projects. The Ministry of Education funds capital on a project by project basis and the Board must submit a balanced capital plan before individual projects can move forward. 


The Roadmap


Long Term Sustainability and Ability to Reinvest


Eliminate Structural Operating and Capital Deficit

Adopt and implement a Long Term Capital Program and Pupil Accommodation Strategy

Program Drives Capital and Operating Budget


Operational Budget

June 19, 2013 - Putting the TDSB on Solid Financial Footing
Decisions on the operational budget are made in June once the provincial government has released its annual budget and the Board knows its funding levels for the upcoming year. Staff update their budget projections with the new information and present a draft budget plan with recommendations to Trustees. The final draft plan is considered and a final budget is approved at a meeting of the entire Board of Trustees in June.

March 7, 2013: TDSB Approves 2013 Staff Allocation

Budget 2013

Budget Ward Forum June 11, 2013

Budget Forum Presentation


Budget 2012 - 2013


Budget Update as per the Special Board Meeting, Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Budget Approval 2012 - 2013

2012/2013 Budget Consultation Addendum to Public Presentation

Parents, students, community members and other stakeholders are also welcome to attend Budget Committee meetings and offer input through our delegation process:

Information on future Budget Committee and Board meeting dates can be found on our website at:

Budget 2011 - 2012

Trustees Approve Balanced Budget for 2011-12

At a meeting of the Board on 23 June 2011, Trustees approved a balanced operating budget of $2.8 billion for the 2011-12 school year, maintaining the quality of education for our students.

This budget plan does achieve important savings in a number of areas that do not directly affect students, including further reducing central administration costs, cutting meeting expenses, temporary office assistance and the use of outside consultants, raising permit fees, enhancing energy conservation and taking advantage of the opportunity to "lock in' utilities contracts.

Continuing Challenges

To balance the budget, TDSB is depending heavily on unsustainable measures to bridge significant funding gaps. The bulk of this money comes from the continued deferral of maintenance projects and program upgrades which adds to the Board's growing renewal backlog.

At the same time, TDSB continues to struggle with the significant budget challenges posed by this year's $20M decline in provincial funding, aging infrastructure and a growing $3 billion backlog in renewal projects - things like replacing drafty windows, leaky roofs and antiquated boilers. These budget challenges are compounded by declining enrolment - 35,000 students over the past decade - and a provincial funding model based largely on student enrolment numbers. Looking ahead, TDSB is projecting a funding shortfall of more than $50 million for the 2012-13 school year if the Board is to maintain the current level of supports and programs students need.

Rebuilding our Schools

Our Mission
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
a democratic and sustainable society.
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