Government tables Bill 1 to reduce school fees

Government of Alberta
News release

If the bill is passed, Alberta parents will no longer have to pay school fees for instructional supplies or materials or for eligible students taking the bus to their designated schools. These two fees cost Alberta families more than $50 million each year. They account for approximately 25 per cent of the total fees charged to parents.

If proclaimed, Bill 1 will result in amendments to the School Act, as well as the creation of a new school fees regulation before the start of the 2017/18 school year.

Further consultation with parents and school boards will occur before the regulation is established, but it will set a clear definition for instructional supplies or materials. Included in this category would be charges for textbooks; workbooks; photocopying; printing or paper supplies.

“Two years ago, our government ran on a platform commitment to reduce the burden of school fees on Alberta families. The introduction of Bill 1 follows through on that commitment. Our government cares about your family and your pocketbook. We understand that times are tough, and we’re doing what we can to improve the lives of Albertans.”
– Premier Rachel Notley.

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