NEWS & EVENTS | May 31, 2018

A Balanced Budget for the 2018-2019 Fiscal Year

Université de Saint-Boniface

 

In a context of fiscal restraint, Université de Saint-Boniface’s (USB) Board of Governors has adopted a balanced budget of $29,7 million for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, in accordance with provincial legislation. 

It is worth noting that all post-secondary institutions saw a 0.9 % reduction in provincial base funding, in addition to the freeze imposed for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. 

Context

While developing the 2018-2019 budget, USB had to take into account a number of factors, such as a 0.9 % decrease in provincial base funding revenue, a federal base funding freeze for the past 10 years, salary increases up to 0.75 % starting August 1st 2018 (in line with the Public Services Sustainability Act) in addition to the regular salary step increments, the stability in student enrolment, the impact of inflation, exceptional returns on investments for 2017-2018, which are not guaranteed in the upcoming fiscal year, as well as savings derived from vacant positions in 2017-2018 which will be filled in the current fiscal year.

Impact of Reduction to Provincial Funding

Canadian Students

For university students, tuition will be increased by 6.6 %, the allowable limit under The Advanced Education Administration Act, a measure that will be taken by all post-secondary institutions in Manitoba. Tuition will be increased by $ 250 for community college programs. 

International Students

The applicable tuition rate for international students will be increased from 2.0 to 2.1 times higher than that of Canadian students.

Administrative Expenses

There will be a general reduction of expenses in the following categories:

  • Travel and conferences;
  • Professional development for all staff. However, the provisions in the collective agreement on this subject will be adhered to; 
  • Reception and hospitality;
  • Advertising and marketing;
  • Professional services;
  • Replacement of computers and certain equipment; certain facility repairs and maintenance have been deferred.

Teaching Staff

  • Two (2) term positions in the Faculty of Science will not be renewed.

Support Staff

Three (3) vacant positions will not be filled:

  • Coordinator, Student Well-Being;
  • Language Consultant (workload: 0.8 FTE);
  • Special Projects Coordinator, Consortium national de formation en santé
    (workload: 0.6 FTE).

Management reduction

USB received the directive from the provincial government to cut 15 % in management positions. Ongoing discussions are taking place with government officials in order to implement this directive.  

Operations

The 2018-2019 year presents new needs which have been taken into account in the budget planning process. Therefore, the following investments have been included:  

  • Continued restructuration of the new School of Nursing and Health Studies;
  • Reorganization of positions in the Alfred-Monnin Library and creation of a new position;
  • One additional term teaching position, in addition to the renewal of the term position created in 2017-2018 to support the substantial increase in enrolment to the Faculty of Education;
  • Replacement of computers and equipment in the Multimedia Communication labs;
  • Some infrastructure needs: completion of the Specialized Shipping and Receiving Services Centre, replacement of the library roof, and replacement of the telephone system.

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