2019/20 Estimated Operating Grants

Government is providing an additional $116 million in operating funding to school districts next year for a total of about $5.338 billion. For the first time since 2006, every B.C. school district is forecasted to see an increase in funding for next school year. Including all operating funding for school districts, the average per student funding in 2019/20 is estimated at $10,678, more than 10% higher than in 2016/17.

The ministry is improving equity in the system by increasing funding rates that support students with special needs, Indigenous education and rural students. The rate for Indigenous Education is increasing 17.9%, rates for rural and remote districts are increasing approximately 9% and rates for students with special needs between 4%-9%. The basic per-student allocation for standard, alternate and continuing education schools is also increasing this year. 

Supplement Rate Increases
Supplement 2019/20
Rate Increase
Basic Allocation (excluding Distributed Learning) 49.38 7,468.00
Summer (Gr 1-9) 3.00 215.00
Summer (Gr 10-12) 7.00 439.00
Students with Special Needs  Level 1 3,600.00 42,400.00
Students with Special Needs  Level 2 800.00 20,200.00
Students with Special Needs  Level 3 450.00 10,250.00
English / French Language Learners 75.00 1,495.00
Indigenous Students 220.00 1,450.00
Non-graduated Adult Education 77.00 4,773.00
Student Location Factor (elementary) 6.96 266.46
Student Location Factor (secondary) 9.28 355.28
Small Community N/A N/A
Low Enrolment N/A N/A

Preliminary operating grants are released by March 15 every year, and provide school districts with funding rates and estimates to support their budgeting process for the next school year.

Please refer to the following documents for more details and district specific grant estimates.

2019/20 Operating Grants Manual  (PDF)

2019/20 Operating Grant Tables  (PDF)  (updated March 2019)

Overview of the 2019/20 Operating Grant Allocation Formula  (PDF)  (updated March 2019)

Summary of Grants to Date, 2019/20  (PDF)  (updated July 2019)


2019/20 Estimated Operating Grants Summary by School District  (updated March 2019)

Funding Estimator Program for 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22

Funding and Allocation makes available to boards a tool to assist in estimating their funding for the next three years.

The Estimator is in the form of an Excel workbook and can be input with a district's projected enrolments to estimate a particular year's funding.

A customized Estimator for a district will be provided on request by e-mail to Michael Lebrun.