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How does education in BC compare to the rest of Canada?

British Columbia spent $1,200 less per student than the Canadian national average

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In 2000–01, BC spent significantly more than the national average on K12 education funding per student. From 2001–02, cuts to public education funding reversed that trend. In 2014–15, BC’s K–12 per-student spending was almost $1,200 less than the national average.1

This trend is also reflected in the percent of GDP spent on education. While education funding has remained at roughly 3.3% on average in Canada, BC's education spending has fallend from 3.6% of GDP to merely 2.5%.

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One of the outcomes of this disparity is a heavier workload for BC's public school teachers with larger ratios of students: educators2

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Educators in BC are responsible for more children on average, than educators in the rest of Canada, and the gap is widening.

References

1 Statistics Canada. (2017). Table 478-0014 Public and private elementary and secondary education expenditures annual (dollars x 1,000). Ottawa: CANSIM.
Statistics Canada. (2016). Table 477-0025 Number of students in regular programs for youth, public elementary and secondary schools, by grade and sex, Canada, provinces and territories - annual (number). Ottawa: CANSIM.

2 Statistics Canada. (2016). Table 477-0028 Number of full-time and part-time educators in public elementary and secondary schools, by age group and sex, Canada, provinces and territories - annual (number). Ottawa: Government of Canada.
Statistics Canada. (2016). Table 477-0025 Number of students in regular programs for youth, public elementary and secondary schools, by grade and sex, Canada, provinces and territories - annual (number). Ottawa: CANSIM.

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