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Follow the Money

Follow the Money

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Alberta‘s per capita spending on overall education has been similar to levels in other

provinces for the past 20 years (Fig. 7.4). For the past ten years it has been modestly

but consistently above average. Alberta‘s young population is presumably a factor in

this; with more citizens in the typical school and post-secondary age groups, one
would expect Alberta to spend more on education than other provinces. It may well
be that Alberta‘s spending on education per student-aged citizen is below the
national average, but confirming that would require additional analysis.

Alberta‘s overall spending in education has been relatively stable, avoiding the sharp
drops and surges in other areas of spending. From 2000 to 2008, spending gradually
climbed from $1,965 per capita to $2,415, an increase of 23 percent.

A more detailed analysis shows that spending on post-secondary education fell from
1989 to 1997, from $862 to $698. It then commenced a steady climb, reaching $1157
per capita in 2008 (Table C15, Appendix C). Spending on K–12 education dipped
from the early 1990s to the mid 1990s, and then modestly climbed from a low in 1996
of $1,122 per capita, to $1,259 in 2008 (Table C7, Appendix C).

Note: these calculations combine provincial and local spending on K–12 education, to
account for the wide range of funding models across the provinces.


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