What’s in Quebec’s 2022-2023 budget related to education and technology?

L’École branchée has browsed for you (digitally) the 2022-2023 budget for Quebec submitted yesterday by the Minister of Finance, Éric Girard. This is what we have seen that is mainly about education and digital.

The education portion begins as follows:

Education is a priority in Quebec. The government aims to provide Québec with a more modern, efficient and innovative education system that will promote the educational success of all Quebec residents, from early childhood through adulthood.

The Québec government’s two budgetary priorities for education are as follows:

1- Support academic success and perseverance

The government will continue to make efforts to achieve the target of 90% of young people with a diploma or qualification. To do this, additional investments of nearly $1.6 billion are planned over the next five years, including:

  • $829 million to enable every student to reach their full potential;
  • $204 million to attract and retain school staff;
  • $267 million to improve school housing stock;
  • $250 million to get Quebecers moving.

2- Improve access and graduation to higher education

Investments of $1.2 billion over the next five years will make higher education more accessible by increasing financial support and reducing debt. Measures will also make it possible to support students during their studies and increase the number of higher education graduates.

Supporting academic success and perseverance

“The government wants to give every student all the tools to develop. Particular emphasis is placed on creating favorable conditions for the educational success of students, especially those with special needs or in a context of vulnerability”.

Accordingly, in the 2022-2023 budget, the government plans investments of $220.9 million by 2026-2027 to promote the success of all students. Details on how to use this envelope are yet to be published.

Other announced measures include:

  • financial support for partners in the education network whose actions contribute to school perseverance and student success;
  • improving the tutoring program launched in 2021 in the context of the pandemic ($315 million by 2026-2017, including $55 million for 2022-2023);
  • the modernization of vocational training programs (in particular so that they are “at the cutting edge of technology”;
  • digital learning support ($158.2 million in 2026-2027, including $34.6 million for 2022-2023).

Ensuring attracting and retaining school staff

“The labor shortage has highlighted the challenges faced by the education network and the central role that school staff, especially teachers, play in the academic success of students. †

Accordingly, the 2022-2023 budget foresees $203.7 million by 2026-2027 for:

  • attract experienced employees from the educational network;
  • more training for school staff;
  • support schools in the recruitment and guidance of future teachers

As for continuing education for school staff, the government plans to invest $55 million by 2026-2027 to cover both training costs and teacher release ($8 million in 2022-2023). Please note that continuing education for teachers is mandatory under the Education Act, at a rate of 30 hours in any two-year period.

Access to higher education

In the part of the budget plan devoted to higher education, the government agrees that “the challenges posed by distance learning have demonstrated the importance for institutions to have information technology tools in place to ensure the continuity of quality educational services.” “.

For example, the government wants to deploy Digital Campus, a showcase that brings together the full range of distance learning in higher education in Quebec; For this, $1.9 million is planned for 2022-2023. Additional investments will in particular allow to support a center of excellence for distance learning and improve access to digital resources in higher education. A total of $12.1 million is planned by 2026-2027.

Finally, $24.3 million is planned for 2022-2023 ($131.9 million in 2026-2027) to support digital transformation and improve funding of information resources in higher education institutions. In particular, this should make it possible to strengthen the security of the information systems of the establishments and to meet the increased needs for maintenance of computer equipment.

The full 2021-2022 budget plan is online.

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