June 5, 2017
The Lieutenant Governor and Minister Eggen have signed the Orders proclaiming Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees and bringing the resulting regulations—the School Fees and Costs Regulation and the School Transportation Regulation—into force.
May 2017 update regarding Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees. The Bill has been 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.
Government will consider a phased approach to the implementation of a new regulation in the coming 2017/2018 school year, and to allow school boards as much time as possible for implementation.
Government tables Bill 1 to reduce school fees (March 2, 2017 News Release)
The Government of Alberta has tabled Bill 1: The School Fees Reduction Act, which, if proclaimed, will ensure that Alberta parents will no longer be required to pay school fees for instructional supplies or materials, or for students taking the bus to their designated school.
If proclaimed, Bill 1 will result in amendments to the School Act, as well as the creation of a new school fees regulation, prior to 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.