Mandate and allocations for underprivileged aeras
Considerable efforts are made by the schools to ensure that students in economically disadvantaged areas enjoy equal opportunity. The Comité de gestion contributes to these efforts by generating revenues from the school tax and allocating them to school service centres and school boards on the Island of Montreal.
Each year, the Comité de gestion distributes a portion of the income derived from investing the school tax proceeds and the income from the supplemental school tax billings to the school service centres and school boards on the Island of Montreal to be used for educational catch-up measures in underprivileged areas.
Significant amounts are distributed to the schools in accordance with the rules adopted by resolution of the members of the Comité de gestion. These rules are based on the principle of equity and are linked to the tools developed by the Comité de gestion: the poverty map of families with children under the age of eighteen on the Island of Montreal and the annual classification of primary and secondary schools according to their underprivilege index.
To determine the amounts to be allocated to each school, the Comité de gestion produces an annual document outlining the procedures for apportioning the budget percentages provided for under the Comité de gestion’s allocation rules. These amounts can be found in the Comité de gestion’s 2019-2020 annual report.
2018 poverty map
The Poverty map of families with children under the age of eighteen on the Island of Montréal is a tool for understanding the urban fabric. This ninth edition of the poverty map, produced in December 2018, is based on the most recent data provided by Retraite Québec and Statistics Canada. The map is updated every five years based on the latest census data.
The poverty map is designed to measure the scope of social and economic inequality on the Island of Montreal, providing a basis for the fair distribution of allocations to schools serving children at greatest academic risk. Equal opportunity must be pursued through the targeted distribution of resources to counter risk factors, providing greater resources to those in the greatest need.
The overall underprivilege index is composed of four variables: family income, mother’s education, female-led lone-parent families, and parents’ employment status.
The geographic concentration of underprivilege can result in a concentration of underprivileged students within certain schools.
Classification of schools
Each year, the Comité de gestion produces the Classification of primary and secondary schools in the school service centres and school boards on the Island of Montreal based on the underprivilege index and current year registration.
The underprivilege index takes into account the level of economic disadvantage of the places of residence of all students registered at each school.
Committee to coordinate educational catch-up measures in underprivileged aeras
The committee to coordinate educational catch-up measures in underprivileged areas serves in an advisory capacity on all matters related to the tools developed by the Comité de gestion.