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WSD Budget

Winnipeg School Division passes budget for 2018/2019

March 12, 2018 (Winnipeg, MB) – The Winnipeg School Division (WSD) Board of Trustees has approved a final budget for the 2018/2019 school year. Complying with Provincial government guidelines, the Board has approved a two percent increase to the special requirement resulting in a 3.3 percent, or $45 a year, increase on property taxes for taxpayers within WSD boundaries. This is based on the average assessed value of $214,200 on a home in WSD.

The final budget approved by the Board of Trustees includes expenditures of $410,984,800 for the fiscal period July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

“As in past years, the consultation process is very important when we are considering what can be added or removed in order to have a balanced budget,” said Sherri Rollins, Chair, WSD Board of Trustees. “While we recognize there are several important administration needs that have been identified for Winnipeg School Division, we have deferred those items to ensure frontline programming remains intact.”

Budget additions

New this year for WSD is funding and revenue for its International Education Program and the Swimming Counts program initiated in January 2018. There are also funds to address new provincial guidelines for workplace safety in WSD schools and buildings. These guidelines require changes to formaldehyde and formalin specimens in science labs, retrofitting some equipment in industrial arts programs, and a variety of other personal protective and monitoring equipment.

WSD Finance Committee Chair Chris Broughton said several items proposed for consultation as options for cost reductions have been left in place due to community support.

“Public support for the school resource officer program and full-day Kindergarten at 11 schools continues to be strong,” said Broughton. “In addition, this budget is addressing needs identified for building maintenance and accessibility articulated in the WSD Building Systems Assessment Report released by the Board on March 8.” Deferred maintenance in the form of building systems exceeding their useful life and capital improvements represents a budgeted deficiency of about $261 million, 75.5 percent of which should be supported by Public Schools Finance Board. These funding needs are assumed over a period of 30 years.

Funding has also been allocated in this budget to cover an expected $400,000 carbon tax bill as the result of the Province’s “Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan” proposing a flat carbon pricing of $25 per tonne.

Budget savings

The Board has approved $1,752,900 in cost savings to achieve a balanced budget without impacting programming for students. These include $100,000 in travel budgets and $1,652,900 in vacancy management with savings being achieved through attrition.

WSD continues to operate as one of the leanest administration teams in the Province, while providing direction, support and service to the largest school division. WSD administrative costs equal 2.7 percent of total spending, below the 3.0 percent mandated limit for all large urban school divisions in the province.

WSD was established in 1871 and currently has 78 schools, 33,000 students and 6,000 employees. Its purpose is to provide a learning environment that fosters the growth of each student’s potential and provide equitable opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and values necessary for meaningful participation in a global and diverse society. 

Backgrounder attached: WSD Financial Facts 

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Winnipeg School Division has a strategic plan for 2016 to 2020 — it’s a road map that provides direction at a high level for trustees, administration and staff in developing plans and actions that align with WSD’s vision to be engaged, confident, inspired and successful learners.

WSD was established in 1871 and currently has 78 schools, 33,000 students and 6,000 employees. Its purpose is to provide a learning environment that fosters the growth of each student’s potential and provide equitable opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and values necessary for meaningful participation in a global and diverse society.

Today’s learners - tomorrow’s leaders


Winnipeg School Division provides a robust and comprehensive education, equitable access, diverse opportunity, and a supportive learning environment for all students. WSD’s priority is to help them prepare for their journey with values of learning and social justice, and to be responsible for community members.

  • Numeracy and Literacy Programs
  • Bilingual Language Programs
  • Inner City Science Program
  • Biomedical Youth Program
  • Young Scientists Program
  • Multiculturalism
  • Engaging students in assessment and self-direction
  • Athletics and extra-curricular activities
  • Quantum Arts Program

Learning Outcomes

Our goal is to further improve school attendance, achievements, and graduation rates through the exploration of additional programs and strategies.

  • WSD Math Program
  • Graduation Coaches
  • Career Education
  • Nursery and Full Day Kindergarten
  • Student Success Initiative
  • Enhanced Literacy Programming
  • in High Needs Schools
  • Sistema
  • Aboriginal Academic Achievement

Addressing Barriers to Learning

We are further developing initiatives and innovative approaches to address special needs and accessibility requirements, mental health issues, childcare needs and nutritional needs.

  • Early Years Transition Program
  • Anxiety Management Program
  • Off-campus and Alternative High School
  • Flexible Learning Programs
  • Nutrition (Breakfast) Program
  • Mindfulness Training
  • Clinical supports
  • Safe schools initiatives

Practicing sustainable development

WSD is strengthening and enhancing sustainable development initiatives that address environmental, social and economic issues.

  • Education for Sustainable Development curriculum
  • Everybody has the Right Program
  • Roots for Shoots Program
  • Supporting green initiatives in new construction and renovations
  • UNESCO Schools
  • Environmentally-friendly playgrounds
  • Reducing global footprint through waste reduction, energy management and LEED implementation
  • Community partnerships for tree-banding, community beautification

Employing qualified, caring and competent staff

WSD is committed to retaining, attracting and developing our valued staff who are dedicated to the vision, purpose, values and Principles of Learning of Winnipeg School Division, and who reflect community diversity.

  • Partnerships with universities and colleges to develop future staff
  • Cultural and linguistic diversity
  • Professional development
  • Leadership Capacity and Competency Training
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Healthy Minds supports

Building relationships with our community

We are continuously developing communications and partnerships with the communities we serve, parents, families, government, businesses, health and social service agencies, Indigenous education, other community organizations and our valued volunteers.

  • Volunteer Services Program
  • Parent involvement
  • Community outreach and support workers
  • Aboriginal Education and Newcomer Services
  • English as an Additional Language Services
  • Lifelong Learning Program
  • Online library services

Managing tax dollars responsibly

WSD provides responsible management of tax dollars and resources to ensure long-term fiscal sustainability and accountability of the programs, facilities and services that we provide.

  • Accountable and transparent reporting
  • Balanced budget
  • Community and staff consultation
  • Long-term capital planning
  • Prudent management of WSD pension funds
  • Advocating on behalf of students and ratepayers