The provincial government is providing support to build a school for Francophone students in Sechelt.
The province announced the purchase Tuesday morning, saying the Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique (CSF) is receiving $6.4 million to buy land for a new, permanent school for the École du Pacifique.
Minister of Education and Childcare Rachna Singh says it’s important for those who speak French as a first language to have access to a francophone school.
“We’re committed to continuing to work with the Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique (CSF) to ensure students in Sechelt and throughout B.C. have access to quality education,” said Singh.
This investment comes as part of the government’s work to provide equity to Francophone students in their education, with École du Pacifique currently offering classes from Kindergarten to Grade 7.
The province adds they’ll work with the CSF, with hopes that they’ll find a long-term solution for francophone families in the community.