2020 - 2021 Budget

School districts operate on a fiscal year that runs from 01 September  to 31 August. Under normal circumstances, the District’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year was to be approved by the Board before the end of June 2020. To meet this timeline, a staff-recommended budget was to be presented at Committee of the Whole Budget (COW Budget) on 26 May 2020 and approved by the Board in late June.

The response to the COVID-19 pandemic, by both the provincial government and the District, had a direct effect on staff’s ability to present the staff-recommended budget on the original timeline. Factors that complicated budget planning for the coming year included:

·         uncertainty around Ministry and public health requirements for school operations for the 2020-2021 school year due to the ongoing public health concerns around pandemic planning;

·         lack of information about the timing of the release of the Grants for Student Needs (GSNs) or the detailed calculations required to accurately estimate the District's revenue for the coming year; and

·         the impact on enrolments due to parental concerns regarding what school environments will look like in the fall.

The Ministry announced the GSNs on 19 June 2020. This information, combined with the additional guidance provided on school reopening, has allowed staff to prepare a new timeline for the approval of the District's budget. Planned meeting dates for COW Budget are shown below.

To register as a delegate please contact Rebecca Grandis, Senior Board Coordinator at


Upcoming meetings

11 August 2020            Public delegations, committee questions and debate commences
13 August 2020            Public delegations, committee questions and debate continues

18 August 2020            Debate continues (if required) and recommendation to the Board
18 August 2020            Special Board, approval of the staff-recommended budget  

The following resources are provided for reference as part of the District's budget consultation and approval process.

How can you provide your thoughts on the budget?

Input on budget matters is welcome at any time of the year.  Please send your comments to

Budget Information

Previous Budgets

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