Total expenditures per student

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Nationally in 1999/2000, total expenditures per student in public elementary and secondary schools amounted to $7,357, in current dollars. Six years later, they reached $9,704, representing an increase of 31.9% (Table A.17.1). In comparison, inflation went up 15.2% during the same time frame.

In 2005/2006, spending per student was about $18,500 in the Yukon and more than $13,500 in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut (in current dollars). In the provinces, spending per student amounted to a maximum of more than $10,000 in Alberta and Manitoba, and a minimum of about $7,650 in Prince Edward Island (Chart 8 and Table A.17.1).

Chart 8
Total expenditures per student, 2005/2006 (in current dollars), Canada, provinces and territories

From 1999/2000 to 2005/2006, in the majority of the provinces and territories, the total expenditures per student (in current dollars) rose more than twice as quickly as inflation. Quebec, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia had the smallest differences between the total expenditures per student and inflation, at only 9%, 11% and 11%, respectively (Tables A.17.1 and A.33).