The Education Act and Regulatory Review

Alberta’s new Education Act was passed in the Legislative Assembly and received Royal Assent on December 10, 2012. In order to meet legislative requirements, 16 proposed regulations have been developed that align with and support the Act.  

The 16 proposed regulations are:

  • Alberta School Foundation Fund
  • Board Procedures
  • Borrowing
  • Charter Schools
  • Disposition of Property
  • Early Childhood Services
  • Establishment of School Districts
  • Home Education
  • Investment
  • Petitions and Public Notices
  • Private Schools
  • School Councils
  • School Fees
  • Special School Tax Levy
  • Student Records
  • Student Transportation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The regulations were available for public comment—by education stakeholders, parents, educators, and the general public—between December 16, 2014 and January 31, 2015. The comment period is now closed, and we thank all participants for their feedback. All comments are now being carefully reviewed and considered in order to determine whether adjustments to the regulations are required.

Government remains committed to moving forward with the legislative processes necessary to approve the regulations and proclaim the Education Act. Government also recognizes that school authorities require time to align their policies and procedures with the Act and its regulations. Once feedback has been reviewed, the government will work to proceed through the final stages of the approval process as expeditiously as possible.

View the full content of the 16 proposed regulations

Regulatory Review: Background

In April 2013, the Education Act Regulatory Review Committee (RRC) was established to develop new regulations and ensure alignment with the new Education Act. The goal of the Act and, its accompanying regulations is to ensure Alberta’s children have the supports and environment they need to succeed.

The RRC was chaired by MLA Maureen Kubinec (Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock)—now Minister of Culture and Tourism—and the other members were: MLA Christine Cusanelli (Calgary-Curry), MLA Matt Jeneroux (Edmonton-South West), MLA Linda Johnson (Calgary-Glenmore), and public member Jim Gibbons (a former school superintendent and a former member of Alberta Education’s Inspiring Education steering committee).

Extensive public and stakeholder consultations took place between July and November 2013. The input received helped inform the creation of the proposed regulations.

Welcoming, Caring, Respectful and Safe Schools in the Education Act 

Alberta’s new Education Act was passed in the Legislative Assembly and received Royal Assent on December 10, 2012. The Education Act acknowledges that all education partners have a responsibility to ensure schools are welcoming, caring, respectful and safe. Everyone has a right to feel safe at school.  Government remains committed to moving forward with the legislative processes necessary to proclaim the Education Act. The following resources have been developed to support schools and school authorities with implementation of the Education Act. They were developed for the Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities and the Alberta School Boards Association, with funding support from the Government of Alberta.  

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


How have Albertans participated in the review?

What have we heard and what is the current status of the regulatory review?

What are the next steps in implementing the Education Act and its regulations?