“Over 318 municipalities and Métis settlements participate in the provincial FCSS Program, ensuring that Albertans have access to a strong network of prevention supports and social services. Provincial investment in the FCSS has not increased since 2009. Expectation is growing for the Province to also increase its share of the funding.”
Post-secondary institutions, like Grande Prairie Regional College, are fundamentally important, not only to students, but to the community as a whole. It is important that they are funded appropriately, so they can continue to give back to society.
Quality education is grounded in a fully-resourced and stable system, not hinge on the boom/bust of oil revenues. Ballooning class sizes, unsupported special needs and staff layoffs are the result of instable, unpredictable funding. Sustainable funding must come from stable revenue sources including fair corporate and progressive income taxes.
The province must recognize the number of worthwhile programs that were lost when STEP funding was eliminated and must come up with another way of financing these initiatives. Not only did it help non-profits like community leagues offer summer programs, but it helped thousands of students get a start in the job market.