How will the govt proposal to reduce school fees affect parents?

On March 2, the Government of Alberta announced it was introducing legislation - Bill 1 - to reduce school fees. If this legislation is passed, these fees will be eliminated: 

  • transportation fees for students who attend their designated school and who live more than 2.4 kilometres from the school
  • fees for instructional supplies or materials, such as textbooks, workbooks, printing, and paper costs. This also includes common fees that are charged to an entire student body or grade.

Education Minister David Eggen’s letter


No change to bus fees for students who live more than 2.4 km from designated school
Pembina Hills Public Schools does not charge a fee to bus students who live more than 2.4 kms from their designated school.

Parents won’t pay these instructional material fees next year 
Currently schools charge these instructional material fees. If this legislation passes these fees will be eliminated:
Kindergarten: $60
Grade 1 to 6: $70
Grades 7 to 12: $110 to $140 (This varies from school to school)
Family rate: $300

This year, our schools collected $388,000 in instructional materials fees.

We look forward to learning more about this proposed legislation and its effect in the coming days and in the provincial budget which will be released March 16.

Published Mar 3, 2017