Pemberton’s Francophone students and families are on the verge of having a permanent home for the École La Vallée community.
“In a country with two official languages, it is essential that French-speaking students have the same access to strong educational programs as their English-speaking peers,” said Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Education and Child Care. . “We are pleased to take another step towards providing a permanent home for French-speaking students and families in Pemberton, investing in their education and their future for generations to come.
The province provided the Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique (CSF) with $3.2 million to purchase property for a future permanent home for École La Vallée in Pemberton. This future investment in schools is part of the government’s work to provide Francophone students with certainty and equity in their education.
École La Vallée offers classes from kindergarten to grade 8. The CSF operates École La Vallée from five portable classrooms at Signal Hill Elementary and two classrooms at the Pemberton and District Community Center. With a secure school site, the province will work with the CSF to find the best long-term solution to meet the needs of the Francophone population in the community.
“I am pleased to see the results of all the efforts made by the families involved, the administration of the CSF and the Ministry of Education and Child Care, as well as the Municipality of Pemberton, in view of the acquisition of a school site for a French school. in the region,” said Patrick Gatien, Chairman of the Board, CSF. “We are continuing to work with the Province of British Columbia to obtain final approval for funding for a permanent French-language school in Pemberton.
Since September 2017, the province has provided the FSC with more than $56.84 million for the purchase of sites in Burnaby, Kamloops, Penticton, Victoria and Pemberton. The department will continue to acquire school sites and build or improve schools for French-speaking students across the province.
Budget 2022 includes $3.1 billion over three years for school capital investments, which include new and expanded schools, earthquake upgrades and replacements, and land purchases for future schools to support growing communities.