The Tyee and Carlito Pablo have written about the continuing decline of student registraton in Vancouver, with a further 250 kids expected not to return to city schools in the Fall of 2017. The Vancouver School Board estimates that 450 less kids will enroll in the year after that.
“Beyond 2018-19 enrolment is expected to decline incrementally and then stabilize beginning in 2020, based on current projections for the population of school-aged children living in Vancouver,” acting school district associate superintendent Rob Schindel wrote in the report.
Fewer children are going to city schools, with large groups of Grade 12 students graduating and smaller numbers of kindergarten children replacing them.“Vancouver’s population, like the rest of the province, is aging…When the ‘baby-boomers’ were in their school age years, VBE [Vancouver Board of Education] increased school capacity to accommodate the surge in demand. As the ‘baby-boomers’ move into their senior years, there are fewer young people with school age children to fill the existing school inventory. The modern family composition is smaller in size as there are fewer babies being born today than in the past.”
The statistics are not warm and fuzzy for Vancouver as a child friendly city. The City of Vancouver with ten per cent of its population under twelve years of age in 2011 has one of the lowest percentage of children than any municipality in Canada.
We are truly defined by how cities treat the very young and the very old. Without supportive housing policy encouraging children to live and thrive in the city Vancouver is becoming a city of the old. How do we redefine family living to make housing diversity attractive and affordable to ensure Vancouver is a child friendly city? “