Education is a function and responsibility of the Provincial government. Decisions around funding for the construction of schools and school resources is made at the Provincial level. Municipalities are required to provide the land for school sites.
The City of Airdrie, along with local school divisions, advocate on behalf of residents and students for new schools and for more funding to be allocated to our community.
The City also collects the Provincial Education Requisition (the education tax portion of your annual property tax bill) on behalf of the province. This year alone, residents of Airdrie will contribute over $34 million dollars for school operational funding in Alberta.
In 2023, the Government of Alberta allocated funding for three school projects in Airdrie:
It’s important to note that planning and design dollars are pre-steps for allocating funding for the construction of new schools. The need for more schools in Airdrie exists now, and it takes 3-5 years to build a new school.
Rocky View Schools is looking for public input as they consider possible solutions to address ongoing rapid enrolment growth in Airdrie. Learn more and share your feedback by visiting the RVS Balancing Airdrie Student Spaces website.
The Province provides ongoing support and funding for the operations of Airdrie’s schools. This chart outlines the years that Airdrie was allocated capital funding for school construction, upgrades or pre-construction work.
|Provincial funding Commitment
|Construction funding for 1 school - FrancoSud secondary school (Reunion)
Design funding for 1 school and planning funding for 1 school
|Funding for upgrades to 1 school – St. Martin de Porres (Luxstone)
|Construction funding for 2 schools – Northcott Prairie School (Hillcrest) and St. Veronica School (Coopers)
Our voices are louder together and by working together, we can generate positive change in our community.
Letters to your MLA, Cabinet Ministers, and the Premier are a great way to highlight your concerns about Airdrie's need for new schools.
MLA Angela Pitt - Airdrie.East@assembly.ab.ca
MLA Pete Guthrie - Airdrie.Cochrane@assembly.ab.ca
Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides - firstname.lastname@example.org
Premier Danielle Smith - email@example.com
Here’s a sample letter you can use or feel free to draft your own if you have personal experiences to share (keeping it respectful, factual and concise).
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