The 2018 BC Tripartite Education Agreement (BCTEA) includes commitment by BC, Canada and FNESC to an innovative approach to ensuring adequate and appropriate transportation services for First Nations students who attend public schools. BCTEA introduces 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.

As per the letter re. BCTEA Joint First Nation Student Transportation Plans – 2021/22 and 2022/23 School Years, the Joint Plans are to be informed by the Guiding Principles for Developing Joint First Nations Student Transportation Plans (“Guiding Principles”) and criteria established by the BCTEA Parties in the First Nations Student Transportation Fund Planning, Policy and Procedures Guide: 2022-23 School Year .

Important Dates

To support the Joint Plan submission process, and to respond to questions, two Joint Transportation Plan Information sessions have been scheduled:

  • May 5, 2022 from 10:30 am – 11:30 am – Transportation Plan Information session #1 (via zoom) Register here.
  • May 11, 2022 from 10:30 am – 11:30 am – Transportation Plan Information session #2 (via zoom) Register here.

Please note, representatives from First Nations and school districts are not expected to attend more than one Information Session but they are welcome to do so if they have further questions.

  • May 20, 2022 – 2021/22 Transportation Reports are due to  BCTEA@gov.bc.ca. More information in the section below.
  • May 20, 2022 – 2021/23 Transportation Reports are due to  BCTEA@gov.bc.ca. More information in the section below.

Reporting for the 2021/22 School Year Joint Plans

As noted in the 2021/22 Transportation Funding Approval letters and the Letter re. BCTEA Joint First Nation Student Transportation Plans – 2021/22 and 2022/23 School Years, there are specific reporting requirements for the transportation funding included in the 2021/22 BCTEA Transportation Reporting Template (Reporting Template). The Reporting Template includes the following Tabs:

  • Revenue – Spending Report *new* (includes pre-populated funding sources that will be helpful for creating your Joint Transportation Plan(s))
  • Funding Assumptions
  • Extracurricular Report

School districts may submit completed reports, signed by First Nations, along with the 2022/23 Joint Plans to BCTEA@gov.bc.ca by May 20, 2022.

Development and Submission of 2022/2023 Joint First Nation Student Transportation Plans

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

To provide further support to First Nations and school districts in the process of developing their Joint Transportation Plans, the Parties have compiled and answered the questions raised in the following document: 2021/22 Comprehensive Questions and Answers (June 2021).

School districts may submit co-signed Joint Transportation Plans by May 20, 2022 to BCTEA@gov.bc.ca.

About the First Nation Student Transportation Fund

As a component of BCTEA, the Parties agreed to establish a First Nation Student Transportation Fund (“Fund”) to address the transportation needs of First Nation Students who live on-reserve and attend BC Public Schools.

Starting in 2018/19, Boards of Education (“Boards”) and First Nations were encouraged to work together to determine First Nation Student transportation needs and co-develop Joint First Nations Student Transportation Plans (“Joint Plans”). The 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. The Joint Plans should be informed by the Guiding Principles for Developing Joint First Nations Student Transportation Plans (“Guiding Principles”) and criteria established by the BCTEA Parties.

Learn More

  • Go to the BCTEA homepage
  • See BCTEA Schedule G – Transportation for details about the transportation commitments.
  • For questions about the Joint Plan submission requirements, First Nations may contact Christian Gonzalez, Manager, Local Education Agreements, FNESC, at christiang@fnesc.ca, and Boards of Education may contact Jane London, Project Director, Funding and Financial Accountability Branch, Ministry of Education, at Jane.London@gov.bc.ca.