Bill 1, An Act to Reduce School Fees has been proclaimed, reducing the burden of school fees on Alberta families.
By amending the School Act and introducing two regulations—the School Fees and Costs Regulation and the School Transportation Regulation —specific school fees will be eliminated, starting in the 2017/18 school year.
Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees
School Fees and Costs Regulation
School Transportation Regulation
Instructional Supplies or Materials
Parents will no longer be charged fees for:
- Photocopying and printing, or
In addition, all remaining fees must meet several criteria, including being clearly expressed in a board’s fee schedule, as well as being connected to a specific good or service. This means that common or generic fees — often previously referred to, among other titles, as instructional fees, instructional materials, or basic fees — can no longer be charged.
Bussing fees are being eliminated for the following students:
- Those who live 2.4 kilometres or more from the designated school they attend for regular or special education programming;
- Those who have a disability that prohibits them from using regular transportation services;
- Those who attend a different school (2.4 kilometres away from their home), at a school board’s direction, because their neighbourhood school is full; and
- Noon-hour transportation for children attending kindergarten.
In some circumstances, bussing fees may still apply, including:
- If a student lives less than 2.4 kilometres from their designated school.
- If a parent chooses to enroll their child in a school other than their designated school. This includes students attending “schools of choice,” such as alternative programs.
- If the parent or student requests enhanced or optional service, such as pick up or drop off from a secondary location.
Also, students who live 2.4 kilometres or more from their designated school, and take municipal transit, will only pay the difference between provincial transportation funding and the cost of a municipal transit pass. For example, in Calgary:
- One school year’s worth (10 months) of municipal transit costs $700
- Provincial transportation funding is $549 per student
- The net cost to the parent cannot be more than $151.