Ottawa-Carleton District School Board Passes $974.3 Million Budget For School Year 2018-2019

June 11, 2018 Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has approved a $974.3 million budget for school year 2018-2019 and capital investments of $105.5 million. The largest budget investment is in the area of instruction and special education where $721.1 million is allocated - representing almost 74% of the total annual budget. This Budget is aligned with the Boards’ strategic priorities and makes new investments of $3.2M in learning, $2.6M in well-being, $1.5M in equity, $1.2M in stewardship, and $564,000 in engagement.

Budget Chair, Trustee Theresa Kavanagh said, “The 2018-2019 Budget includes a significant investment in staffing, most notably academic staffing. These new positions are in our schools and provide direct support to our students and their families. This year’s budget aligns resources that support student learning and well-being, while demonstrating the Board’s commitment to a sustainable financial future.”

Highlights of Budget 2018 -2019

The staff recommended budget included the following investments:

  1. Additional funding to support students with special needs, including 25 FTE Educational Assistants;
  2. Funding for 20 FTE guidance positions for grade 7 and 8 students;
  3. Additional funding for 9.7 FTE professional staff, including social workers, psychologists, and speech language pathologists;
  4. Investing in front-line supports to schools including additional office personnel and facility staff
  5. Investing $600,000 in classroom technology;
  6. Investing $260,000 in elementary and secondary athletics;
  7. Investing $180,000 to enhance communications with families; 
  8. Increasing operating budgets for supplies, services and technology investments

In addition to the original staff recommended budget the following additions were added during deliberations at the June 11, 2018 Special Board Meeting.

  1. Increasing Vice-Principal allotment at Carleton Heights Public School by 0.25 FTE;
  2. Increasing 2.0 FTE Educational Assistants across the District;
  3. Increasing 1.0 FTE Elementary Vice-Principal across the District;
  4. Increasing 2.0 FTE School Office Assistant Administrators;
  5. Increasing funding for RAISE identified schools by $60,000;
  6. Increasing support staffing for Indigenous Education by $75,000;
  7. Increasing funding for Learning in the Arts by $75,000.

Chair of the Board Shirley Seward said, “Effective stewardship means making strategic and responsible investments which are aligned with the District’s strategic plan. This budget makes a series of very important investments in front-line services.  In addition to investing in staff, the Board also made a number of focused equity investments in schools including targeted funds for elementary and secondary athletics; increased funding for the Breakfast Program and parent engagement. These investments will ensure the OCDSB can effectively meet the needs of our students and achieve progress on our strategic priorities."

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board provides quality education to over 70,000 full and part-time students from junior kindergarten to grade 12; including adult learners enrolled at our Adult High School and Continuing Education programs. The Board currently operates 118 elementary and 25 secondary schools, as well as a number of specialized education centres and programs.


For more information on the 2018-2019 budget process, please contact: OCDSB Communications Officer, Sharlene Hunter at 613-596-8264.

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