Balanced Budget 2017 makes significant new investments in classrooms. Compared to Budget 2016, the Education budget will increase by $740 million over three years, including $228 million more to fund enrolment growth in B.C. schools, funding for rural education enhancement, student transportation, K-12 salary costs, continued funding for the Learning Improvement Fund, and an incremental $320 million over three years while government works to conclude a final agreement with the BC Teachers’ Federation on class size and composition. Budget 2017 is also funding $2 billion in school capital projects over three years — to build, replace, renovate, seismically upgrade and repair schools throughout the province.
K-12 education — $740 million over three years, including:
- $320 million over three years in interim funding pending the conclusion of a final agreement with the BC Teachers’ Federation on class size and composition.
- $228 million to fund enrolment growth across the fiscal plan period.
- $54 million to eliminate bus fees for regular students and mitigate rural school closures.
- $29 million for supplies and resources that reduce costs for parents and help teachers deliver B.C.’s new curriculum.