Working To Eliminate Fees For Riding School Buses In Abby Catchment Areas

Submitted. Families in the Abbotsford school district will no longer pay fees for students riding school buses within their schools’ catchment area thanks to $253,969 in funding under the new provincial Student Transportation Fund.

MLA Daryl Plecas announced today on behalf of Education Minister Mike Bernier that the Abbotsford school district is one of the first successful applicants to receive funding under the new Student Transportation Fund. The district will use the new funding to eliminate the current annual fee charged to families that have students riding the school bus in their catchment area.

With just a few weeks left to apply, the Ministry of Education encourages all school districts to take advantage of this funding by Sept. 30, 2016. School districts must submit a plan to the Ministry of Education outlining how they will use the funding to enhance transportation services for students and families. Government is committed to delivering this funding promptly to districts once applications have been received and reviewed.

The amount of funding a district is eligible for is based on a formula tied to the Ministry of Education’s student location factor, which is used to determine the rural makeup of a school district. Districts will be required to report back on the outcomes and the benefits they achieved as a result of the funding.

The new $14.7-million new Student Transportation Fund was announced in August to help school districts provide affordable and accessible transportation for B.C. families.

As a result of B.C.’s strong economic growth and fiscal discipline, government is able to support and fund projects that make a real difference in the lives of British Columbians.

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