Actions and Commitments

Call to Action # 8: Education (6-12)

Federal Budgets 2016-2021

April 19, 2021

Budget 2016

Budget 201620162017201820192020Total
Addressing Immediate Funding Needs35.885.5143.6206.7276.0747.6
Language and Culture55.
Literacy and Numeracy20.
Special Needs115.5115.5115.5115.5115.5577.5
Implementing Transformation46.691.4132.8234.3319.0824.1
Innovation, Research, Measurement & Evaluation7.
Martin Family Initiative6.
Administrative Costs1.

1st Term$1,799.8 = 69% of budget: 31% after 2019 election

Budget 2017

  • $90M per year for 2 years for Post Secondary Education Support
  • $25M per year for 5 years for Indspire scholarships

Budget 2019

Budget 2019 announced $824 million over 10 years, starting in fiscal year 2019 to 2020, and $61.8 million ongoing in support of Indigenous post-secondary education. This includes:

  • $327.5 million over 5 years to support First Nations post-secondary students and the development of regional education strategies
  • $125.5 million over 10 years and $21.8 million ongoing to support an Inuit-led post-secondary strategy
  • $362.0 million over 10 years and $40 million ongoing to support a Métis-Nation strategy

This is considerably less than the $90M in annual pre-pandemic funding for Post Secondary Support Program.

Budget 2021

Budget 2021 proposes to invest $1.2 billion over five years, and $181.8 million ongoing, including:

  • $112 million in 2021-22 to extend COVID-19 support so children on reserve can continue to attend school safely, including PPE for students and staff, laptops to support online learning, and more teachers and other critical staff.
  • $726 million over five years, starting in 2021-22, and $181.8 million ongoing:
    • to enhance funding formulas in critical areas such as student transportation;
    • ensure funding for First Nations schools remains predictable from year to year; and
    • increase First Nations control over First Nations education by concluding more Regional Education Agreements.
  • $350 million over five years, starting in 2021-22, to expand access to adult education by supporting First Nations people on reserve who wish to return to high school in their communities and complete their high school education.
Supporting Indigenous Post-Secondary Education

The pandemic continues to affect Indigenous post-secondary students and institutions. To help Indigenous students complete their studies and ensure that Indigenous-led post-secondary institutions can provide online services and continue to implement health and safety measures:

  • Budget 2021 proposes to provide $150.6 million over two years, starting in 2021-22, to support Indigenous students through the Post-Secondary Student Support Program and the Inuit and Métis Nation Post-Secondary Education Strategies. Many students are facing financial difficulty during the pandemic, as young people have suffered some of the worst job losses. This support would help offset lost income that many Indigenous students rely on to pay for tuition, books, housing, and other living expenses. The federal government knows that young people need support to get through this crisis so they can complete their education and succeed in their chosen fields. (The $75.3M per year in support is actually LESS than the pre-pandemic support of $90M per year)
  • Budget 2021 also proposes to provide $26.4 million, in 2021-22, through the Post-Secondary Partnerships Program and the Inuit and Métis Nation Post-Secondary Education Strategies to support Indigenous postsecondary institutions during COVID-19.