Fraser-Cascade School District 78 will receive $250,000 as part of B.C.’s $60 million Student and Family Affordability Fund, which was just announced on Monday, Aug. 29.
“Many families in B.C. are feeling the effects of global inflation on daily costs, including groceries, school supplies and other school expenses,” said Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Education and Child Care. “We’re taking action by providing more funding that school districts will use to help meet the needs of families and students.”
Each district in the province receives at least $250,000. It’s up to the individual districts as to how they will use the funding, but Whiteside suggested providing food and school supplies to returning students.
In addition to the $60 million, an additional $3.8 million will be provided to schools through the Federation of Independent School Associations for students under independent school authorities.
The government says the announcement is the first of several measures it is taking to address record inflation levels. The Minister of Finance is set to make further commitments next week.