2021 City of Burlington Overview

Municipal Overview

The City of Burlington has primarily been characterized as a municipality with maturing neighbourhoods, which results in decreasing student-aged population.

As it relates to development potential, Burlington will be relying predominantly on intensification activities within the core (e.g. high-density development units – condominiums) to meet growth targets, as well as some low density infill developments. Greenfield development (low to medium density development subdivisions – Single Family Dwelling and Townhomes) lots are still available in Burlington; however, they will not account for the majority of the growth.

City of Burlington Projections

Total enrolment for the City of Burlington for both the elementary and secondary school panel are projected to remain relatively stable overall, not showing any significant growth or declines. Note however that there are areas within the City of Burlington that continue to see or are beginning to witness declines. The Board will need to continue monitoring these areas, and determine what actions may need to be taken to re-balance the enrolment in these specific areas.

The projection period for the Long-Term Capital Plan (LTCP) is over a 15- year projection period, between the 2020-2035 school years. During this time, the Board anticipates the following:

  • Within a 15-year period, the City of Burlington’s elementary panel enrolment is projected to remain relatively stable, only increasing from 6,104 students to 6,261 students, representing a 3% growth overall. Utilization for the elementary panel will fluctuate between 100% to 103% over this period.
  • Within a 15-year period, the City of Burlington’s secondary panel enrolment is projected to increase from 3,211 students to 3,434 students, an increase of approximately 7% overall. Utilization for the secondary panel will fluctuate between 100% and 111% over this period.

City of Burlington Overall Enrolment Projection

Upcoming Projects

Type of ProjectProject DescriptionYear RequiredCPFP Opportunity
Capital ProjectsN/AN/AN/A
Pupil Accommodation ReviewsProvincial Moratorium in Effect.
School Boundary & Program ReviewsCSB1 School Boundary Review1-5 yearsTBD
CEB1-5 French Immersion Administrative Program Review or School Boundary Review6-15 yearsNo
CEB2, CEB3 School Boundary Review6-15 yearsTBD
Renewal ProjectsCorpus Christi CSS Renewal2020-21No
Schools with Underutilized SpacesSt. Christopher CES6-15 yearsTBD
St. Elizabeth Seton CES6-15 yearsTBD
Corpus Christi CSS6-15 yearsTBD

Projections By Elementary Review Area (ERA)

Description

Enrolment in this review area has declined over the past five years; however, it is forecasted to increase slightly over the long-term at Holy Rosary (B) CES largely due to increased development activity.

This is a mature review area with some greenfield development areas in the North Aldershot Area (north of Highway 403). The area also includes the proposed Aldershot GO Mobility Hub.

Schools Involved

  • Holy Rosary (B) CES

Projections

CEB1 Overview and Projection Details

CEB1 Recommendations

Short-term (1-5 years)

  • Continue to monitor enrolment.

Long-term (6-15 years) 

  • Continue to monitor enrolment.

Description

Enrolment has been relatively stable; however, increases were noted over the past 3 years. Enrolment is forecasted to increase slightly and stabilize in this area over the long-term, largely as a result of recent increases in the JK cohorts at all schools. However, it should be noted that at this time, it is uncertain whether similarly high JK cohorts will occur over the next few school years. Enrolment at schools will continue to be monitored.

This is a mature and relatively stable review area with no greenfield development potential. However, the area includes proposed Downtown, Burlington GO, and Appleby GO Mobility Hubs. Additional development throughout the community will take the form of existing single-family home replacements and redevelopment of commercial, institutional or other sites for residential infill.

Schools Involved

  • Ascension CES
  • St. John (B) CES
  • St. Paul CES
  • St. Patrick CES
  • St. Raphael CES

Projections

CEB2 Overview and Projection Details

CEB2 Recommendations

Short-term (1-5 years)

  • Continue to monitor enrolment.

Long-term (6-15 years) 

  • A School Boundary Review should be conducted for CEB2 and CEB3 to balance enrolment across area schools.

Description

Overall, enrolment has been relatively stable in the past with increases over the last two years. Enrolment is projected to increase slightly over the medium-term, then decline and stabilize over the long-term. The overall increase is driven largely by an increase in enrolment at St. Gabriel CES and St. Mark CES due to slightly higher birth rates in the community.

St. Gabriel CES currently hosts the regional Extended French program, and Canadian Martyrs CES hosts regional Special Education Classes for Gifted students.

This area contains maturing and stabilizing communities with limited development potential.

Schools Involved

  • Canadian Martyrs CES
  • St. Gabriel CES
  • St. Mark CES
  • St. Timothy CES

Projections

CEB3 Overview and Projection Details

CEB3 Recommendations

Short-term (1-5 years)

  • Continue to monitor enrolment.

Long-term (6-15 years) 

  • A School Boundary Review should be conducted for CEB2 and CEB3 to balance enrolment across area schools.

Description

Overall, enrolment has increased within this review area due to growth in the Alton community. Enrolment is forecasted to increase due to the expansion of the French Immersion program. In this review area, declines in Regular Track enrolment is driven by significant declines in the Orchard and Alton communities as they matures, precipitated mostly by decreasing JK enrolments.

Sacred Heart of Jesus CES hosts regional French Immersion programming. Total enrolment at Sacred Heart of Jesus CES is projected to increase over 150% due in large part to the expanding French Immersion program.

Alton and Evergreen remain the only remaining greenfield development within this area. Some intensification opportunities do exist within this area, including the Uptown Urban Centre at Appleby Line and Upper Middle Road.

Schools Involved

  • Sacred Heart of Jesus CES
  • St. Anne CES
  • St. Christopher CES
  • St. Elizabeth Seton CES

Projections

CEB4 Overview and Projection Details

CEB4 Recommendations

Short-term (1-5 years)

  • Continue to monitor enrolment.

Long-term (6-15 years) 

  • A School Boundary Review or Administrative Program Review may need to be conducted to address high enrolment at Sacred Heart of Jesus CES due to the expanding French Immersion program.
  • If enrolment continues to decline at St. Elizabeth Seton CES and St. Christopher CES, explore facility partnership opportunities at the schools.

There are no elementary schools within this review area – students from within this area attend St. Gabriel CES and Canadian Martyrs CES in CEB3.

This area has no development potential as it sits outside of the Burlington Urban Boundary and is protected under the Ontario Greenbelt Plan. Area contains rural housing and includes the communities of Mount Nemo, Lowville and Kilbride, with some minor rural estate subdivisions.

Projections

CEB5 Overview and Projection Details

CEB5 Recommendations

Short-term (1-5 years)

  • N/A

Long-term (6-15 years) 

  • N/A

Projections By Secondary Review Area (SRA)

Overview

Enrolment has declined over the last few years but has started to increase from 2017. Overall, it is expected to gradually increase over the long term.

The availability of the Advanced Placement (AP) program is expected to continue attracting students to Assumption CSS. Notre Dame CSS currently hosts the regional secondary Extended French program and will host the regional secondary French Immersion program starting in 2021.

Students from Alton and proposed Evergreen community will support enrolment at Corpus Christ CSS in the long-term. The area also includes proposed City of Burlington Mobility Hubs, which envision medium- to high-density residential developments within the existing urban areas.

Schools Involved

  • Assumption CSS
  • Corpus Christi CSS
  • Notre Dame CSS

Projections

CSB1 Overview and Projection Details

CSB1 Recommendations

Short-term (1-5 years)

  • A School Boundary Review may need to be conducted in 1-5 years to rebalance enrolment in Burlington secondary schools as Assumption CSS is projected to exceed site capacity in the long-term. This is dependent on the impact of increased class sizes on utilization.
  • Explore the potential for program enhancements to increase overall enrolment at Corpus Christi CSS.

Long-term (6-15 years) 

  • If enrolment continues to decline at Corpus Christi CSS, explore facility partnership opportunities at the school.
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