The Province of Alberta has issued ministerial orders for 28 private school boards that are still not complying with the Safe and Caring policies allowing students to form gay-straight alliances.
Minister of Education David Eggen says the school must comply with the ministerial order or lose their taxpayer-funded, per-student grant for the 2019-20 school year.
"I sincerely hope that we do not need to take this step," said Eggen. "Following this law is not optional. Ensuring that vulnerable students feel safe is not optional. Not in today's Alberta and not when you receive up to 70 percent of your funding from the taxpayers."
Last June there were 61 boards that the education ministry worked with and Eggen says there will be lots of help for the last 28.
However, for private boards who chose to lose their funding, they still need the province to approve the school charter and the province might not do that if they don't comply with the Safe and Caring Policy.
The order means the 28 school boards must immediately post the ministerial order and standard policy in a prominent locations in their buildings and publish it on their websites.