The Impact of Cuts to Public Education

Under the scenario where high school graduation rates improved to 90.0 per cent, the Ontario government could see average annual total savings of $16.4 million across social assistance, healthcare, and criminal justice, or total savings of $3.5 billion over the span of two decades. These amounts to, on average, $2,767 per additional highschool graduate in Ontario. 

Under the reverse scenario, where high school graduate rates instead fall to 82.6 per cent, Ontario could see average annual cost of $16.8 million—for total costs of $3.8 billion over two decades. Our findings indicate that Ontario spends an average annual amount of $3,128 per student that does not complete high school.

The Impact of Cuts to Public Education