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Annual budget advances support for students

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Financial Plan


The Vancouver School Board (VSB) approved a financial plan for 2024-2025 school year that advances student learning and well-being. The budget bylaw provides spending of nearly $785 million next school year. 

The Board’s 2024-2025 financial plan provides: 

  • Additional staffing to support students with key literacy, numeracy as well as critical and creative thinking skills 
  • More support for arts education focusing on the ­­fine arts, drama, dance and music 
  • Funding to expand student access to technology/devices 
  • Support dedicated to digital literacy and students’ safety online. 

The 2024-2025 financial plan also includes supports for improvements through process simplification, digital infrastructure upgrades, staff training and user-centric service delivery, and to advance the District’s recruitment and retention initiatives. 

The 2024-2025 financial plan was guided by the Education Plan and priorities outlined in VSB’s Framework for Enchanting Student Learning report as well as information gathered through a comprehensive engagement process. The Board heard from the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation), District leaders and the District’s formal stakeholder groups, as well as from students, their families, staff and the broader public about their priorities for investments in student learning. 


Victoria Jung, VSB chair

“This balanced budget speaks to our commitment to sound financial management and our unwavering dedication to advancing the goals in our Education Plan. We are proud of this achievement and look forward to the positive impacts it will have on students, staff and the broader community.” 

Joshua Zhang, CPA, VSB vice-chair & chair, finance and audit committees

“Our 2024-2025 financial plan maintains our focus squarely on our core objective: improving outcomes for students, while ensuring prudent allocation of resources. It also echoes priorities shared by our school communities. To everyone who shared their input, thank you for your contribution to this very important process.”


The Board is required to pass a balanced budget annually in accordance with the School Act

For more details regarding financial considerations and decisions by the Board, watch: 

Special Board Meeting – April 8, 2024 (Draft budget presented) 

Special Board Meeting – April 24, 2024 (Trustee amendments to draft budget) 

Board Meeting – April 29, 2024 (Budget bylaw adoption) 

Learn more: 

Read VSB’s Education Plan 

For details about the Framework for Enhancing Student learning, read our annual report 

Learn more about the budget development process and read the engagement summary report 


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