Provincial Cuts Research

Drummond Report Proposals

Education (Elementary and Secondary)
- Cap total education funding increases to 1% per year.
- Eliminate Full Day Kindergarten or delay implementation.
- 25% reduction in budget for things like textbooks and computers.
- Class size increases: Grades 4 – 8: 24.5 to 26 students; Grades 9 – 12: 22 to 24 students.
- Increase class cap to 23 for primary grades.
- Cut in non-teaching staff (such as educational assistants and maintenance) of 11.8% of total by 2017-18.
- Charge small user fees for school buses.
- Increase funding for First Nations schooling.
- Promote consolidation of alternative schools.
- More power to Minister to sell closed schools.

Post-Secondary Education
- Cap total post-secondary funding increases at 1.5% per year.
- Keep 5% cap on tuition fee increases.
- Eliminate or reshape new tuition rebate.

Health
- The Ontario Health Coalition has a useful summary of the proposed changes to health care here:

http://www.web.net/ohc/drummondanalysis.pdf

Social Services
- Cap total social services funding increases to 0.5% per year.
- Freeze Ontario Child Benefit at $1,100 (it was set to rise to $1,310).
- Proposes new bond system for outcome-contingent funding of non-profit sector.

Other:
- Phase out 10% electricity rebate.
Basic outline about Drummond Available online here:

http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/reformcommission/

Additional Resources

The Maytree Foundation has an amazingly comprehensive site that houses a wide range of post-Drummond report analysis:

http://maytree.com/blog/2012/02/can-austerity-create-prosperity-and-address-inequality/

Check out People for Education’s analysis here:

http://peopleforeducation.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=677f6bbe3dfb7cfe0fdfeb760&id=aff6b235d2&e=99f2f3f7f5

Here’s a link to several blogs on the CCPA website — by Jim Stanford and Erin Weir — that you might find useful:

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/drummond-commission-report-countering-cutbacks-ontario

Here’s a link to Toby Sanger’s blog on the Drummond report: http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2012/02/15/could-mcguintys-cuts-be-worse-than-harris/

Please email tostopthecuts@gmail.com or research.stopthecuts@gmail.com for more information.

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