DPCDSB continues to adhere to all COVID operating restrictions and approved health & safety protocols. Peel Region is currently under a provincial Stay-At-Home Order which places restrictions on indoor gatherings. As a result of these circumstances, the 2021-2022 Budget Consultation Process will be conducted virtually only.
The Ministry of Education released 2021:B04 memorandum advising school boards to take a cautious approach in planning for the 2021-2022 year. This will involve a review of the many challenges from this current year while operating under COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and preparing for a new school year with many uncertainties ahead.
The Ministry of Education has indicated that the Grants for Student Needs (GSN) funding announcement is expected in April 2021 and that school boards will be expected to operate under the traditional direction of submitting a compliant budget by the end of June 2021.
DPCDSB invites all stakeholders, staff, parents/guardians and other community members to participate in our budget consultation process.
2021-22 Budget Engagement Evening Presentation
Budget Engagement Evening Q&A
Public Budget Consultation Presentation (Pre-recorded)
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Provide written input on the priorities you want the DPCDSB and its Board of Trustees to consider in the development of the 2021-2022 budget. Email email@example.com.
Summary of Current Issues and Budget Pressures
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The GSN are the primary revenue source for publicly funded education systems in Ontario. The 2021-2022 GSN announcement, when released, as well as a Guide to the Grants for Student Needs will be available on the Ministry of Education website.
The development of the 2021-2022 Budget will be guided by a collaborative and transparent process, ensuring all decisions align with the DPCDSB Multi-Year Strategic Plan (MYSP).
The Education Act requires school boards to submit a compliant budget. A compliant budget allows for an in-year deficit up to one percent of operating revenues where prior surplus exists (accumulated surplus). During the 2020-2021 year, the Ministry has allowed school boards to utilize accumulated surplus up to two percent of operating revenues as a one-time support measure for COVID-19 expenditures. The Ministry recognizes that 2020-2021 is unique and all federal and provincial funding made available was one-time only. Prudent fiscal management will be required to meet a compliant 2021-2022 budget objective.
For 2021-2022 budget development, the DPCDSB will ensure that our budget process addresses all budget challenges, maximizes opportunities, and delivers quality Catholic education to our students.
All stakeholders are encouraged to review DPCDSB Financial Statements.
Budget Pressures and Challenges
- GSN funding and enrolment decline impacts
- School start-up and COVID-19 restrictions
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Health & Safety protocols
- Technology inventory and sustainability
- 2-year deficit management plan
- Absenteeism and associated costs
- Decline in benefits funding and rising support costs
- Maintain momentum on student achievement, mental health & well-being
All budget documents will be posted to this Public Budget Consultation webpage. Please check regularly for additional information as we progress with development of the 2021-2022 budget.