If passed, Bill 1 will remove fees previously charged by public school authorities for instructional supplies or materials, and fees for eligible students travelling to their designated school. Combined, eliminating these two types of school fees will save Alberta families more than $50 million each year. This represents approximately 25 per cent of the school fees collected by public school authorities annually.
Upon proclamation of Bill 1, starting in the 2017/18 school year, public school boards will no longer be permitted to charge fees for instructional supplies or materials.
Included in this category would be fees for:
School boards often refer to such fees as—among other titles—instructional fees, instructional materials, or basic fees.
Through the School Act and the Student Transportation Regulation, boards are required to provide transportation to and from a student’s designated school, if he or she resides 2.4 kilometres or more away from this school. If passed, Bill 1 would remove bus fees for these students.
Currently, school boards have the ability to set school fees to cover a number of different expenses, from instructional supplies or materials to computer costs to lunch supervision.
To date, school fees have varied significantly from school-to-school, even within a single school jurisdiction. If you would like more information on the fees for your school, contact your school or local school board.