Catchment areas

Walking zones

The walking zone designates the region surrounding a school within which students are expected to walk to school, or indicates the distance a student’s home may be from the designated pick-up point. Walking zones may vary depending on the students’ ages and the location of the school.

For mixed Francophone and Anglophone schools, walking zones for the Francophone school are the same as those for the Anglophone school that shares the same facility.

Walking zones – Elementary schools

Urban areas with heavy traffic: 1 kilometer

  • Vancouver
  • North Vancouver
  • Port Coquitlam
  • Richmond
  • Surrey
  • Victoria

Urban areas with moderate traffic: 2 kilometers

  • Nanaimo
  • Kamloops
  • Kelowna
  • Delta
  • Langley
  • Prince-George

Semi-rural and rural areas: 3 kilometers

  • Campbell River
  • Comox
  • Port Alberni
  • Chilliwack
  • Mission
  • Fernie
  • Nelson
  • Pemberton
  • Penticton
  • Revelstoke
  • Rossland
  • Sechelt
  • Squamish
  • Terrace
  • Whistler

Walking zones – Secondary schools (8 to 12)

The walking zone is 3 kilometers. Distances are calculated based on the actual route the student must take to get from their home to the school they attend.

School transportation zone

The school transportation zone designates and limits the bus service. The school transportation zone may vary depending on the students’ ages and the location of the school.

Allowance zone

The allowance zone determines the area where school transportation is not provided. This area is outside the school transportation zone and inside the catchment area.