The Overreliance on Portable Classrooms in Ontario Schools: New Evidence for the Study of Austerity and Disinvestment in Canadian Public Education




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This study investigates the extent of portable classroom use in the province of Ontario between the years 2010 and 2020. The research uses administrative data obtained from the Ontario Ministry of Education and from the 27 largest school boards in the province. The findings reveal that portable classrooms are used as long-term solutions to address enrolment pressures in schools, which is symptomatic of the austerity-driven policies in the funding of Ontario’s public education. In addition to providing new evidence of the effects of funding cuts in education, this study repositions infrastructure planning as a critical concern for education policy research.

Author Biography

Augusto Riveros, Western University

Augusto Riveros, PhD, is an associate professor at the Faculty of Education at Western University in London, Ontario. His current research focuses on the spatial analysis of educational opportunity in urban schools. His work has examined the contributions of spatial thinking to the analysis of education policy, administration, and leadership. Dr. Riveros’ research has been published in numerous journals including The Journal of Educational Administration and The International Journal of Leadership in Education, as well as edited books by Routledge and Springer. His research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


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How to Cite

Riveros, A. (2023). The Overreliance on Portable Classrooms in Ontario Schools: New Evidence for the Study of Austerity and Disinvestment in Canadian Public Education. Canadian Journal of Education/Revue Canadienne De l’éducation, 46(3), 570–596.