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Education spending on public schools in Canada increased 45.9%

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Staff writer ▼ | September 15, 2015
Education spending on public schools in Canada increased by $19.1 billion (45.9%) between 2003/2004 and 2012/2013, from $41.6 billion to $60.7 billion, according to the Frase Institute.
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Compensation (salaries and wages, benefits, and pensions) accounted for the overwhelming majority of this increase, growing from $30.9 billion in 2003/04 to $44.6 billion in 2012/2013, an increase of 44.6%—fully 72.2% of the total increase in education spending.

Salaries and wages increased by 42%, from $25.5 billion in 2003/2004 to $36.3 billion in 2012/2013. Benefits increased by 36.2%, from $3.2 billion to $4.4 billion. Salaries and wages as well as benefits declined as a share of total education spending over this time period.

Teacher pension costs increased 89%, from $2.1 billion in 2003/2004 to $4.0 billion in 2012/2013. Pension costs increased as a share of total spending in public schools, from 5.1 to 6.6%.

Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Alberta account for over three-quarters of the total increase in pension spending.

Capital spending almost doubled, a 97.6% increase, over this period, from $2.4 billion in 2003/2004 to $4.8 billion in 2012/2013. As a share of total education spending in public schools, capital spending increased from 5.8 to 7.9% in 2012/2013.

Three provinces—Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia—represent 92% of the total increase in capital spending.

“Other” spending recorded the smallest increase of any category of spending in public schools over this period. As a share of total education spending it declined from 20% in 2003/2004 to 18.6% in 2012/2013.

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