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Operating Budget for Previous Years

 Operating Budget 2021-22

The Calgary Board of Education is committed to advancing student success, safety, and sustainability through the ongoing development of its 2021-22 budget.

On March 31, school districts received their individual funding profiles from Alberta Education, following the government release ​​of the 2021 budget on Feb. 26. The government provided nearly the same funding for next school year as this school year. Stable and predictable funding helps the CBE deliver the best possible outcomes for students.

Using the detailed information from its funding profile, CBE Administration developed a Budget Assumption Report (BAR), which was presented to the Board of Trustees on April 6. The BAR lays out the assumptions Administration will use to build the 2021-22 budget.

On May 20, 2021, the Board of Trustees approved ​the 2021-22 budget at a public meeting.

In keeping with legal requirements, a balanced budget will be submitted to Alberta Education before May 31.​​

 Operating Budget 2020-21

The Calgary Board of Education’s 2020-21 budget was approved by the Board of Trustees on May 26, 2020. The meeting can be viewed on the Board's YouTube channel.

As required by the Education Act, the CBE must submit a balanced budget to Alberta Education by May 31.

For the 2020-21 school year, Alberta Education has indicated we will receive an additional $20.6 million when compared to 2019-20 funding levels. Even though we will receive an increase in funding, we expect to welcome 3,000 additional students, open three new schools, and face other increasing costs.

This means our dollars will need to stretch further. We will​ continue to prioritize dollars and resources directly to students and classrooms that align with the funding we receive within the government’s new K to 12 education funding framework.

Visit the Trustee Advocacy page to watch our Board of Trustees budget video and read more key information on the CBE’s 2020-21 budget.​​​

 Operating Budget 2019-20

The updated 2019-20 budget was appro​ved by the Board of Trustees on Jan. 7, 2020.

The $1,380.5 m​illion expenditure budget supports the operation of 246 schools and 125,809 students. This is a decrease of $28.5 million from the previously approved 2019-20 budget.

The original 2019-20 budget was approved by the Board and submitted to the Province in June, in advance of the provincial budget announcement. The spring budget presumed flat funding.

The Province announced the 2019-20 budget on Oct. 24, 2019. Overall funding was reduced by a minimum of ​$32 million, despite our enrolment increasing by nearly 2,400 students. Chief Financial Officer Brad Grundy described the impacts in this video and in a Dollars and Sense column​.

As required by law, the 2019-20 budget is balanced.​

 Operating Budget 2018-19

​The CBE's 2018-19 budget was approved by the Board of Trustees on May 22, 2018.

The $1.4 billion budget will support the operation of 249 schools and an estimated 123,513 students.

The budget includes:
  • A designated and supported math leader in each school.
  • Implementing a replacement Student Information System that provides greater access to and use of student profile data for students, families, teachers and leaders, supports best practices in assessment and grading and creates administrative efficiencies.
  • Preparing for the implementation of new kindergarten – Grade 4 Programs of Study.
  • Continuing to evaluate and act on the results of the system-wide staff engagement survey.
  • Funds allocated directly to schools have increased by $22.5 million, not including the CIF. The CIF adds an additional $13.3 million to schools.  
    • This increase funds enrolment growth of 1.5 per cent and the opening of two new schools.
  • Noon supervision fees will increase by up to 3.9 per cent and transportation fees by 4.5 per cent due to increased costs of providing those services.
  • In order to maximize dollars available for students in the classroom, service unit budgets are reduced by 3-10 per cent (approx. $15 million) of discretionary budgets. Approximately 69 FTEs have been reduced in service units and Areas.
  • Non-school facility capital project spending is budgeted at $31.6 million.
  • As directed by the Board of Trustees, full-day kindergarten is maintained at 16 sites. This $2.2 million cost is partially paid from reserves (up to $1.2 million).

To hear more about our planning for the 2018-19 budget year, please see our video: 2018-19 Budget Planning Process with CFO Brad Grundy.

Our budget priorities are shaped by our shared values:

  • students come first
  • learning is our central purpose
  • public education serves the common good
As always, we read each and every email you send. Our finance team sees all of your input and ideas. We encourage you to take this opportunity to communicate with us. Your name and email address can be submitted confidentially if you wish. Please click here for our feedback form.
We are reporting all feedback to our community, excluding personal details. This feedback will be posted both online and in this year’s Budget Assumptions Report.
See budget feedback reports.
The PDF is updated periodically so please check back for the latest feedback.

Reference documents:

See earlier budgets and financial information in the Budget and Financial Information Archive.

 Operating Budget 2017-18

The Board of Trustees approved the 2017-18 operating budget on June 20, 2017.

The Province has again funded us for enrolment growth, to ensure that the approximately 2,000 new students we welcome in our schools next year will be funded. We always look to maximize the dollars directed towards students and their success.

Highlights of the budget include:

  • The number of school-based teachers will increase by 92 full time equivalent (FTE) positions and school based support staff by 26 FTE positions.
  • Funds allocated directly to schools have increased by $12.5 million to fund enrolment growth of 1.7 per cent and the opening of four new schools.
  • $1.1 billion dollars (including 8,732 FTEs) will be spent on instruction in direct support of the achievement of success for each student.
  • The CBE will continue to have one of the lowest Board and System Administration costs of all metro school boards.
  • As per Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees, Instructional Supplies and Materials fees will be eliminated for all students and transportation fees reduced or eliminated for those eligible under Provincial guidelines.
  • Non-facility capital project spending is budgeted at $22.9 million, including:
    • $2.6 million to support the commissioning of new schools scheduled to open in the 2018-19 year.  
    • $2.2 million for wireless upgrades to address functionality issues.
    • $5.6 million for technology replacement and refresh.
    • $7.0 million for the development and implementation of the new Student Information System (SIS).

View complete budget report.  

For more information on how we fund our schools, please see our 2017-18 Resource Allocation Method for Schools and our fact sheet, “where does s​chool funding go?

We encourage you to continue to take part in the budget process by visiting our Budget Feedback Form and sharing your budget priorities and thoughts with us.

 Operating Budget 2016-17

A Year of Stability

The 2016-17 provincial budget was released in April and funded the CBE for enrolment growth, ensuring that the approximately 1500 new students we welcome into our schools next year will be fully funded. Our 118,000 students will have a year of stable funding and we will continue to maximize the dollars directed to students in classrooms.

We will continue to listen and make decisions based on our values and the needs of our community. Our Budget Assumptions Report 2016-19was presented to the Board of Trustees on May 17 and the 2016-17 Operating Budget was approved by the Board of Trustees on June 21.  
Personalization of learning remains our overarching strategy as we enter the 2016-17 school year. This includes:
  • improving results for our First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners through a new Aboriginal Education strategy that includes, in part, graduations coaches in each of our high schools and the development of an Aboriginal Learning Centre;
  • extending and enhancing inclusive practices through the continued building of professional capital;
  • advancing our leadership practices through a focused leadership development program and the development of a new teacher on-boarding process;
  • developing and implementing a systemic approach regarding literacy and mathematics; and
  • further refining the High School Success strategy
Earlier this year, many parents and community members provided us with valuable feedback through our budget engagement process. View our 2016-17 Budget Engagement Report to see the results. 
For more information on how we fund our schools, please see our 201​​6-17 Resource Allocation Method for Schools and our fact sheet, “where does school funding go?”

See earlier budgets and financial information in Budget and Financial Information Archive.

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