Issue 16-222: Education

November 22, 2016

In the 2014/15 school year, enrolment in British Columbia public elementary and secondary schools was 543,105 (excluding general programs for adults and vocational programs for youth and adults), down 0.7% from 2013/14 (based on headcount number of students enrolled in programs at the beginning of the school year). Public school enrolment in the province has been declining steadily over the last decade.

Nationally, the number of students enrolled at public schools has remained relatively stable in recent years, and stood at over 4.7 million in the 2014/15 school year, up slightly from 2013/14 (+0.3%). Four jurisdictions saw enrolment increases, most notably in Alberta (+2.9%) and Saskatchewan (+1.7%).

Across the country, French immersion programs in public elementary and secondary schools have seen steady boosts in enrolment over the past decade, and B.C. was no exception. In 2014/15, 50,300 students were enrolled in B.C.’s French immersion programs, up 41.6% from 2004/05. Similarly, the total number of educators (including full-time and part-time) continues to increase nationwide. In the 2014/15 school year, there were approximately 402,324 educators in Canada, up 12.9% from 2004/05. In B.C., however, the number of educators has declined significantly (-6.1%) over the same period.

Data Source: Statistics Canada