Capital plan

Last updated on September 28, 2020

This page presents the CSF’s capital plan passed by the Board of Trustees on July 29, 2020 to implement the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada handed down on July 12, 2020.

The purpose of this capital plan is to ensure the implementation of section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms throughout the province by offering a French first-language education that is substantively equivalent to that offered in English and in French immersion.

The capital plan classifies each project according to the following categories:

  • Judgments: A CSF-specific category for projects that have been the subject of declarations from the Supreme Court of British Columbia (2016) or the Supreme Court of Canada (2020)
  • High-priority opportunity or risk : A CSF‑specific category for projects that are urgent because of a business opportunity or a serious risk (e.g. that the school could lose its facility)
  • Replacement (seismic risk): This category applies to all school boards. The Ministry assesses these projects based on the Seismic Retrofit Guidelines developed by Engineers and Geoscientists BC, with a 5‑level scale of urgency determining the priority of each project.
  • Expansion:  This category applies to all school boards for school expansion projects.
  • Site acquisition:  This category applies to all school boards for the purchase of a site for the construction of a new school.
  • New building (or school construction):  This category applies to all school boards for the purchase or construction of a new school.
  • Remplacement : This category applies to all school boards for the full or partial replacement of an aging building. The objective is to replace buildings that have reached or will soon reach the end of their useful life
  • Renovation of a building in a rural district: This category applies to all school boards for projects that include either complete demolition, partial demolition, consolidation of underused buildings, expansion, renovation or replacement of small buildings. Projects in this category are primarily in communities with a population of fewer than 15,000 located outside Greater Vancouver, Greater Victoria and Kelowna.
  • Existing leases:  The CSF is the only school board that is required (for now) to enter into lease agreements in order to deliver a number of its programs. Since 2016, the Ministry has been required to pay for the spaces needed to allow the CSF to deliver educational services in French. At the Ministry’s request, the CSF has included its leasing costs in its capital plan.
  • New lease: A CSF-specific category for projects to open a new French-language program where none has existed.

A timetable has been established for the launching of each project.

However, the timetables do not sacrifice the flexibility the CSF needs in order to take advantage of business opportunities that may arise and to respond to demand and other contingencies. As the CSF and even English-language school boards have done in the past, the CSF may adjust its priorities over the course of a year and notify the Ministry of the change. Thus, for example, if a project is identified as medium priority on the list submitted in July 2020, but an opportunity (or a site) presents itself a few months later, the CSF may request that it be made high priority by writing to the Ministry, or in its next capital plan (submitted in June of the following year).

 

apital plan of July 28, 2020

Note: “Community school” means a school building that also houses 1) the full range of early childhood programming and 2) spaces for community use