Campaigns and Issues

Insights West Poll on Public Funding of Elite Private Schools in BC


In May 2019, Insights West conducted a survey on behalf of First Call and the Institute for Public Education of British Columbia (IPE/BC), with support from the Lochmaddy Foundation. 817 British Columbians were surveyed on their opinions and knowledge of BC public and private education funding. The poll found that four-in-five British Columbians (78%) oppose providing taxpayer funds for elite private schools in the province, with a total of 60% being strongly opposed to the idea.

Adrienne Montani, Provincial Coordinator, comments on the results of the survey: “Findings from this survey supports First Call’s position that adequate funding for public schools should be government’s priority. We need to ensure that all students, regardless of family income, can have their learning needs met at their local, public school.”

As noted by the IPE/BC, British Columbians have subsidized private schools with more than $2.5 billion over the last 7 years. When adjusted for inflation, the increase in funding to private schools since 2000-2001 is 122.8% while for public schools the increase over those 19 years is only 15.9%.

The survey results were shared in articles by The TyeeStar Metro VancouverNews 1130The Nelson DailyGlobal News, and CFAX 1070.