Public Interest Alberta joined 18 other organizations in calling on the Government of Alberta to:

1. In Budget 2018, reduce public funding to private schools from 70% to 50% (with the exception of special needs schools).

2. Re-allocate the $30 million in savings to fund a classroom conditions improvement project in select Public, Catholic, and Francophone schools.

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This call to reduce public funding to private schools would be the first step towards completely phasing out this funding over a three year period. Please see our previous media release from 2017 for more details.


Participating organizations:

  • Public Interest Alberta
  • Progress Alberta
  • Alberta Teachers’ Association
  • Public School Boards Association of Alberta
  • Edmonton Public School Board
  • Support Our Students (SOS) Alberta
  • Calgary and District Labour Council
  • Edmonton and District Labour Council
  • Edmonton Catholic Teachers
  • Edmonton Public Teachers
  • Calgary Board of Education Staff Association
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Alberta
  • CUPE Alberta Education Employees Committee
  • CUPE Local 40 (Calgary Board of Education staff)
  • CUPE Local 474 (custodial staff for Edmonton Public Schools)
  • CUPE Local 1099 (St. Albert Public Schools support staff)
  • CUPE Local 3550 (support staff for Edmonton Public Schools)
  • CUPE Local 4625 (Sturgeon Public Schools support staff)
  • Unifor Local 52A (support staff for Edmonton Catholic Schools)

Public Interest Alberta and partners in the news

Public school proponents push for cut in funding to Alberta private schools by Janet French, Edmonton Journal
Joel French interview on CBC Radio CBC Radio Active with Portia Clark
Une coalition demande à l'Alberta de réduire ses subventions aux écoles privées Radio-Canada/ICI Alberta
ATA joins call to scale back private school funding by Jen Janzen, ATA News
Should Private Schools Get Public Funding? by Joel French and David Staples, Alberta Views magazine
Think-tank calls for increased private school enrolment in Alberta by Janet French, Edmonton Journal

Other resources

Members of Public School Boards' Association of Alberta oppose public funds supporting private school