Tim Hudak cuts to education would mean at least 22,700 job cuts and a funding cut of at least $1.5-billion to planned education spending
1. Full-Day Kindergarten cuts:
Total cut: $300-million (2017-18). Source: Ontario PC platform
Total staff cut due to FDK cut: 7,134 (calculations below)
Staff number: 265,000 students in FDK in September 2014, at a 26:2 (one Early Childhood Educator, one teacher) ratio, means 10,192 ECEs and 10,192 teachers. A movement to 20 students to 1 teacher, as per Drummond and Tim Hudak’s platform, means all ECEs are fired, and 13,250 total teachers are now required.
Therefore, 10,192 ECEs are cut, and 3,058 new teachers would be required.
2. Support staff cuts
Total cut: $600-million (2017-18). Source: Ontario PC platform
Total staff cut: 9,700. Source: Ontario PC platform
3. Teacher cuts due to larger class sizes
Total cut: $425-million (2017-18). Source: Ontario PC platform.
Total staff cut: 5,900 (calculations below)
- K-3: Set the cap in class size at 23 in primary grades and eliminate the other requirement that 90 per cent of classes must be at 20 or fewer: 1,000 teachers
- 4-8: Increase the average class size from 24.5 to 26: 1,900 teachers
- 9-12: Increase the average class size from 22 to 24: 3,000 teachers
(source: Drummond recommendation and Ontario Liberal Party calculations)
4. Other cuts (specified)
Total cut: $220-million in 2017-18. Source: Ontario PC platform (not proceeding with ETFO increase: $112-million; not proceeding with ECE increase: $108-million)
5. Other cuts (non-specified)
But Hudak also needs to cut $2.15-billion elsewhere because he has counted a wage freeze in his balanced budget plan that is already part of our plan. That works out to another 1.8% program cut in 2016-17. Apply that proportionally to the education budget ($25.6-billion in 2016-17), and he would need to cut an additional $458-million in education in 2016-17.
That would mean thousands more job cuts in education.