BCTEA

About BCTEA

The BC Tripartite Education Agreement: Supporting First Nation Student Success (“BCTEA”) between the Province of British Columbia (B.C.), the First Nations Education Steering Committee (“FNESC”), and Canada (collectively the “Parties”) sets the foundation for further growth and changes to support the enhancement of the B.C. public education system. As a component of BCTEA, the Parties agreed to developing and implementing effective measures to address existing and future issues arising from the transportation of First Nation Students to B.C. public schools.
 

About the First Nations Student Transportation Fund - Schedule G

BCTEA introduced new tools such as Joint Transportation Plans and the targeting of transportation funding to ensure that First Nations students receive the transportation services they need.
 

Important Dates

  • May 5, 2022 – Session 1: 2022 BCTEA Joint Transportation Plan Information Session Register
  • May 11, 2022 – Session 2: 2022 BCTEA Joint Transportation Plan Information Session Register 
  • May 20, 2022:
    • First Nations and school districts are expected to submit their Joint Transportation Plans to BCTEA@gov.bc.ca (see more information below).
    • School districts are expected to submit their funding reports to BCTEA@gov.bc.ca (see more information below).


Development and Submission of 2022/2023 Joint Transportation Plans

First Nations and Boards of Education may use the following documents and templates for the development of 2022/23 Joint Plans:


Reporting for the 2021/22 School Year Joint Plans – Due May 20, 2022

As noted in the 2021/22 Transportation Funding Approval letters, there are specific reporting requirements for the transportation funding. Requirements are outlined below. Please submit completed reports along with the 2022/23 Joint Plans to BCTEA@gov.bc.ca.

The documents below may be used by school districts to submit reports:

  • 2021/22 BCTEA Transportation Reporting Template which includes the following Tabs:
    • *NEW* Revenue Spending Report (includes pre-populated funding sources that will be helpful for creating your Joint Transportation Plan(s))
    • Funding Assumptions 
    • Extracurricular Report

After three years of implementation, BCTEA partners are collecting financial information including revenue, spending and a description of transportation services to review the effectiveness of the strategy outlined in BCTEA Schedule G, and to assess whether it has resolved transportation issues and to help identify and implement any necessary improvements and/or further options.

The new 2021/22 BCTEA Transportation Reporting Template highlights available funding for transportation within each funding source and will demonstrate to First Nations that school districts are using all available funding sources used to transport First Nation Students living on reserve, to public schools.


Learn More

  • Transportation News Release, Indigenous Services Canada, March 2, 2020.
  • Schedule G Transportation: Starting in 2018/19, Boards of Education and First Nations were encouraged to work together to determine First Nation Student transportation needs and co-develop Joint First Nations Student Transportation Plans. The Joint Plans are to include strategies to address various modes of transportation, such as walking, driving, bussing, ferry or water taxi, depending on local needs, as well as transportation to extracurricular activities. ​
  • For questions about the Joint Plan submission or 2021/22 Reporting requirements:
    • Boards of Education may contact Jane London, Project Director, Funding and Financial Accountability Branch, Ministry of Education and Child Care, at Jane.London@gov.bc.ca.
    • First Nations may contact Christian Gonzalez, Manager, Local Education Agreements, FNESC, at christiang@fnesc.ca.


Education Partners and Organizations