NEWS April 27, 2017
Ontario is boosting its support for Brampton students and families by reducing class sizes,
providing new support for students with special education needs, and ensuring labour stability
for at least two more years.
The province has reached negotiated agreements with all teachers and education workers in
Ontario. The agreements have now been ratified and provide an additional two years of stability
for students and parents.
Local Brampton area students will benefit from the province’s investment in smaller class sizes
for students in full-day kindergarten (FDK) and Grades 4-8. FDK classes, which are supported
by a teacher and an early childhood educator, will now be capped at 30 students next school
year, falling to 29 students in 2018-19, and average no more than 26 students per class within
each school board. Support will also be provided to ensure that for students in Grades 4-8, all
school boards have average class sizes of 24.5 or fewer students.
Additionally, local school boards in Peel Region, which includes Brampton, will receive funds to
hire 99 more teachers and 195 more education workers to support students with special
education needs and other students at risk.
Reducing class sizes, boosting support for students, and bringing stability to the education
system is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday
“Students and families in Brampton will continue to benefit from Ontario’s strong investment in
education. Thanks in part to extended agreements with teachers and education workers, the
government is investing in smaller class sizes, additional special education staff and local
— Harinder Malhi, MPP, Brampton-Springdale
“Through the agreements reached with our partners, Ontario’s students and families will
experience smaller class sizes, more staff in special education and a focus on local community
needs. I am proud of our continued progress to provide students with a world-class, publicly
funded education system.”
— Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education
Per-student funding is projected to increase by $432 compared to 2016-17.
There will also be an increase in funding for community use of schools, enabling school
boards to reduce rental rates for space used by the community after classroom hours.
Additional accountability measures are being added to ensure about $25 million is used to
support programs to improve Indigenous student achievement and well-being.
2017-18 Grants for Student Needs
Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario
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