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Class Size and Composition

In 2002, the provincial government passed legislation that removed all learning conditions, including all class size and class composition limits, from the collective agreements. In addition, the legislation removed all guarantees of services provided by specialist teachers such as librarians, counsellors, learning assistance and ESL teachers. All guaranteed supports for special needs students were also removed.

Following the decision of the Supreme Court Of Canada in November of 2016, government was required to reinstate the class size limits, class composition provisions and staffing ratios that were unconstitutionally removed in 2002. Effective for the commencement of the 2017-18 school year, the limits for primary classes are 20 students for Kindergarten and 22 students for Grades 1 to 3. Class composition provisions and class size limits for intermediate and secondary classes vary from district to district, as specified in local collective agreements.

Class size and composition factsheets


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