Budget Consultations

2021-2022 Budget Consultation Process

York Region District School Board invites parents, guardians and community members to participate in the annual budget consultation process. 

Public feedback provides the Board with important information about how the community would like to see YRDSB’s budget allocated to better support student achievement and well-being. The results of the consultation will be used to inform the 2021-22 school year budget allocation.

Community members are welcome to attend a virtual public budget consultation and/or complete the online budget survey. 

 

Survey

YRDSB created a survey to gather community feedback into the budget process. The survey was available for completion until April 29, 2021in the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese Simplified
  • Chinese Traditional
  • Farsi
  • Gujarati
  • Hebrew
  • Korean
  • Punjabi
  • Tamil
  • Russian
  • Vietnamese
  • Urdu

 

Public Consultation Dates

The public budget consultation dates and registration details were: 

YRDSB values community input and is working to increase transparency and understanding of its budget process. Questions regarding the budget process may be directed to Budget20212022@yrdsb.ca.

 

Additional Resources

 

YRDSB 2021-2022 Budget Questions and Answers 

The Board, like all school boards, has bargaining groups, and our Board is required to abide by what is negotiated provincially. We honour those collective agreement terms and conditions, which require us to provide compensation as negotiated. For example, the current collective agreements provide for a 1% of pay increase for the upcoming years for our bargaining groups. We are required to provide that 1% salary increase as the Ministry does provide the funding for the salary increase through the funding formula. We do however, adjust the total number of teachers, increase or decrease, depending on whether enrolment increases or decreases.

For 300 students it would be approximately half of (the expenses) provided in the example within the Budget context PowerPoint. However, remember this was just for illustrative purposes.

The Board also provided an online survey where individuals could provide input.  The purpose of the presentation was to provide the financial context to allow for more informed input into the survey document.

Since most of the Board’s enrolment growth comes from immigration, there is not a lot that the Board can do until immigration rates recover from the pandemic.

We are reviewing all aspects of the budget with a view to mitigating the direct impact on student learning and well-being as much as possible.

No board can reduce 15, 20 or 30 million dollars of expenses without having some impact on programs and services. The balancing act will be to try to minimize the impact on students as much as possible. As a board we need to ensure we meet our legal and legislative requirements as required under the Education Act, as well as meeting our obligations under our Collective Agreements.

We will be making those recommendations to our budget committee in June with a view to have a balanced Budget before the board by the June 30th board meeting as required by the Education Act.

No, collective agreements do not provide for extraordinary circumstances such as a global pandemic.  We are required to pay negotiated salary increases.

Transportation continues to be provided to our students who are in schools and face to face with their teachers.  Because transportation costs are based on the bus routes and not the number of riders on the bus, bus routes remain as they would if there was not a pandemic. 

The federal government provided a tax credit to recognize work from home and the provincial government provided a benefit payment to families of school-aged children.

In the current year, virtual students are funded the same as the face-to face students.

Yes, the government provided some additional funding for cleaning, supplies and caretaking staff. The PPE itself, for example masks, gloves, gowns, are provided by the Ministry to schools.

Yes, for example last year, from March to June 2020, the savings from utilities were substantial and that is why the Board had a large year-end surplus. 

Where the Board has capital needs (e.g. roof repairs, window replacements) that the Ministry does not provide sufficient funding to cover, the Board can approve funds to be used from the Board’s reserves to help pay for these expenses.

Some reserves are legally required to be set up and the funds can only be used for those purposes.  These externally restricted reserves, such as employee benefit reserves, can only be used for that purpose. The Board, through a Board motion, can internally restrict funds for purposes such as the cooling centres project or the replacement student information system. Otherwise, Boards use their reserves to help for emergencies (such as the pandemic) or special one-time projects, or to balance their budgets if they have an in-year deficit.

Certainly. For example one of the changes last year was the addition made to the budget that supported Student Voice by increasing the budget line for student councils by $25,000.  Other additions included graduation coaches to complement the Ministry graduation coach initiatives. 

In some instances, yes.  For example, if the enrolment at a school decreases, the cost to heat, clean and operate the school does not necessarily decrease.

As a board we look at all revenue sources. For 2020-2021 we did not offer permits for most of the school year. Permit fees is a source of revenues, however most of the community groups are not-for profit and we need to balance the ability to pay with the need to raise revenue.

Some of the per-student amounts are fixed from Board to Board and are the same per pupil amount. Where there is a demographic component (for example, immigration), that grant will vary from Board to Board.