Originally Posted by Northern Light
Both Newfoundland and Quebec have managed to wipe out their religious (public) boards.
Ontario can do the same.
Though in fairness, Ontario's Catholic Boards are very large in some communities.
I think I might be inclined to try to merge French-Catholic and French Public first, as these would produce some fairly large incremental savings (being smaller boards with 2 HQs etc.) while effecting a relatively small number of voters.
It would also have the effect of dramatically improving access to French language education if you kept most (not all) of the schools open
French schools, interestingly, have not had as significant of enrolment changes - and might even be increasing in enrolment, while English public and Catholic schools have seen their enrolments collapse in the last 10 years or so.