Fees and fundraising
Publicly-funded schools are required to provide all of the essential learning materials students need to learn, but most schools also engage in fundraising activities, and high school students are asked to pay annual student fees. In this section, you can find information, research, and lively discussions about fees and fundraising.
People for Education's 16th annual report on Ontario schools - Mind the Gap: Inequality in Ontario Schools - points to worrying inequalities.
In 2010, the Ministry of Education released draft guidelines for fundraising for Ontario schools. The consultation on the guidelines ended in the fall of 2011. This is People for Education's response.
According to the Timmins Daily Press, new provincial fundraising guidelines suggest that school boards will be in charge of all funds raised by school councils.
A new report from Social Planning Toronto raises concerns that fees and fundraising are leading to "have" and "have-not" schools in the TDSB.
On March 25, 2011, the Ministry of Education released its new fee guidelines. While the guidelines clarify some things, many grey areas remain.