Catholic Schools in Manitoba are partially funded by the Province of Manitoba. Under the terms of the revised Fair Funding Agreement (1996) for independent (private) schools they receive an operating grant of 50% of the public school per pupil expenditures of two years prior. They also receive a curricular support material grant equal to public schools and full funding for individual level II/III special needs students on a case by case basis.
Catholic Schools do not receive any capital funding from the Province of Manitoba.
As part of the process of receiving government funding, schools must follow the provisions as set out in the Public Schools Act – Grants to private schools 60(5);
"The Minister may, under the regulations, make grants to a private school in respect of instruction and services offered by the private school to children enrolled therein, where the minister is satisfied that;
- the private school teaches a sufficient number of courses approved under The Education Administration Act to ensure that children enrolled in the private school receive an education of a standard equivalent to that received by children in public schools;
- the principal and the teachers teaching the approved courses to children enrolled in the private school hold valid and subsisting teaching certificates issued under The Education Administration Act;
- the department has approved the core curriculum of the school;
- the private school has a legally incorporated Board of Directors;
- the private school has an elected advisory board that
- includes at least three persons who are parents or guardians of children enrolled in the private school;
- reports on the private school on a regular basis during the school year, and not less often than once in each school term, to the parents or guardians of students enrolled in the private school;
- the private school
- has received one or more grants under this subsection before the coming into force of this clause, or
- commenced operating with pupils in attendance before the day this clause came into force and has been so operating for a period of at least two years following that day
- commenced operating with pupils in attendance on or after but not before the day this clause came into force and has been so operating for a period of at least three years, and has been in compliance with clauses (a) to (e) and any requirements prescribed under clause (g) for each of those years; and
- the private school is in compliance with such other requirements as maybe prescribed by regulation;
and the Minister may make regulations respecting the making of grants under this subsection and prescribing requirements for the purposes of clause (g)."
Because Catholic Schools only receive partial funding from the Province of Manitoba they charge a tuition to families. The tuition rates are set by the Board of Directors of each school and they vary from school to school. Most schools have family rates and bursary programs to assist parents in providing a Catholic education for their children. Information on tuitions and bursaries can be found on the web site of each school (links found in our School Directory) or by contacting the Principal.