Bill 1: Update
May 9, 2017 - Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees passed in the legislature and has received royal assent. Upon proclamation, the Bill will be in effect for the beginning of the 2017/2018 school year. As indicated by the Province of Alberta, all students deserve access to a quality education in an Alberta school, regardless of their individual circumstances or their ability to pay school fees. Through Bill 1, the government is eliminating fees for specific instructional supplies and materials, as well as transportation fees for students who live 2.4 kilometres or more away from their
Parkland School Division's Board of Trustees approved the 2017 - 2018 Fees & Allowances Schedule at the Regular Board Meeting on Tuesday May 2, 2017.
For more on changes to Parkland School Division's Transportation Fees changes, click here.
School Fees may still be charged as per Appendix B for common fees, options courses, field trips or additional supplementary fees. In the future, the new School Fees Regulation will provide the Minister with the authority to regulate these additional fees.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will the new School Fees regulation be complete?
- We anticipate that the regulation will be in force in June.
- The department will continue to work with school boards, and other relevant stakeholders, to ensure implementation for September 2017.
When will school fee reductions be implemented?
- The reductions will be implemented for the 2017/18 school year.
Will parents still be charged for fees such as lunch-hour supervision fees, technology fees,
and field trips?
- Yes, for at least the 2017/18 school year, these fees are not being restricted. Therefore, school boards will be able to continue charging these fees, if they so choose.
- For the 2017/18 school year, the following fees are being eliminated:
- textbook fees;
- workbook fees;
- printing and photocopying fees;
- paper fees;
- common fees, specifically related to instructional supplies and materials, charged to an entire student body or grade cohort; and
- fees for the transportation of students attending their designated school and living 2.4 kilometres or more from that school.
- For the time being, school boards’ ability to charge other fees is not being changed.
- However, the new School Fees Regulation will provide Minister with the authority to regulate these additional fees in the future.
How is this reduction being funded?
- Budget 2017 provides $54 million in funding, in the 2017/18 school year, to reduce school fees. This funding will help offset the revenue loss projected as a result of Bill 1, and will help ensure that boards can maintain current educational programming without increasing other still-permitted school fees.
For more information contact:
Associate Superintendent, Business & Finance