As established in the BC Tripartite Education Agreement (BCTEA), funding for First Nations schools is based on the BC Ministry of Education and Child Care’s funding model for public schools with certain adaptations. These adaptations are made to reflect the unique circumstances of First Nations.

FNESC has developed the BCTEA Funding Handbook and the BCTEA Funding Estimator as resources for First Nations and First Nations schools.

BCTEA Funding Handbook

The BCTEA Funding Handbook explains Indigenous Services Canada’s British Columbia Tripartite Education Agreement (BCTEA) Funding Detail Budget Report Table that is sent to First Nations each year. That table shows the components of the BCTEA funding calculations for First Nations schools in BC.

The BCTEA funding formula is related to federally-funded students who are included on ISC’s annual Nominal Roll. Students who are funded through the reciprocal tuition agreement with the BC Ministry of Education are not included in the BCTEA funding calculations and are not addressed in this Funding Handbook.

BCTEA Funding Estimator

The purpose of the BCTEA Funding Estimator is to assist First Nations education staff to forecast their school funding, based on projected enrolments. The BCTEA Funding Estimator is a Microsoft Excel-based tool. We encourage First Nations schools to use the Estimator Tool as part of their budgeting and planning. Ultimately, ISC will apply the BCTEA funding formula to First Nations schools based on actual enrolments.

To access the BCTEA Funding Estimator, please e-mail Min Kim, Data and Funding Analyst at, with the subject heading “BCTEA Funding Estimator”.